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The Man with Anointed Hands
Carl Russell, Jr. of
Funeral Home passed
BY TODD LUCK
Carl Russell, Jr.,known
for his decades of serving
families at Russell Funeral
Home, was remembered at
a service held at St. Peter's
World Outreach Center on
Friday March 10.
Hundreds attended the
funeral service for Russell,
70, who passed away on
Friday, March 6. He was a
master embalmer at
Russell Funeral Home. His
father, Carl Russell Sr.,
founded the funeral home
in 1939 and also served as
a city alderman. His moth
er, Florrie S. Russell, took
over leadership of the
funeral home after her hus
band passed in 1987 and
continued to run it until she
passed in 1997. Russell, Jr.
has ten siblings who grew
up in the family business,
which also at one time pro
vided ambulance service to
the city. He was one of sev
eral members of the
Russell clan who work at
the funeral home, which is
now run by his brother
Cedric and sister. Carmen,
Mayor Pro Tempore
Vivian Burke said Russell,
Jr. and his siblings have
made their parents proud
carrying on their family's
legacy in the funeral busi
ness. She said even from a
young age, Russell Jr. had
"a mind to stimulate, culti
vate and motivate people."
"Carl walked in such a
strong way and if he pulled
you aside, he only wanted
you to be aware that you
need to be moving for
ward," she said.
Russell, Jr., an Atkins
High School alumnus,
went to college at his
father's alma mater,
Johnson C. Smith
University in Charlotte,
and Cincinnati College of
Mortuary Science in Ohio.
He was employed by the
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Autopsy Department for
years. His skills played a
vital role in the family
"Carl was the best,"
said Cedric Russell. "He
didn't mind letting you
know he was the best. He
said he could take someone
hit by a train and make
them look like they died in
He said Russell, Jr. had
good reason to take pride in
what he did, and was very
dedicated to serving fami
lies during their time of
"He truly had anointed
hands," said Cedric
Russell. "He'd go into the
preparation room, he'd
study the situation, he'd
stay for hours if it took that
because that's how dedicat
ed he was."
A member of the
National Funeral Directors
Association and the N.C.
Association, he was well
respected among his col
leagues in the funeral
industry, many of whom
were in attendance. Rep.
Alma Adams, N.C. Rep.
Paul Lowe, and the city of
Atlanta, Ga. all sent condo
Rev. Steven Lyons of
St. James A.M?. Church,
where Russell, Jr. was a
lifelong member, said
though people may think of
limousines, hearses, cas
kets and staff dressed in
nice suits when it comes to
funerals, he said the
embalming work that went
on in "Carl's Preparation
Room" was the most
important part of the funer
"I believe Carl Russell
gave his gift back to God
and God blessed him to use
that gift all the more," said
Russell, Jr. was a for
mer mfember of Ionic
Lodge #72, a neighborhood
watchman at Northwood
Estate and an inductee in
the Atkins High School
Hall of Fame. He is sur
vived by his wife Sandra R.
Imes-Russell, his six chil
dren, many grandchildren
along with many siblings '
and other relatives. '
, Submitted photo
The late Carl Russell, Jr. was an important part of
Russell Funeral Home, which has been run by his
family for more than 75 years.
Body camera footage released, cause of
death of Page still unknown
BY TEVIN STINSON e
After-three months of waiting, during a press confer- (?
ence held at the Hall of Justice earlier this week the t
Forsyth County District Attorney's office released the
body camera footage of the incident involving Travis c
Nevelle Page? a Winston-Salem man who died in police, j
custody following a brief'struggle. c
According to a police report, >
I Corporal Robert Fenimore, Officer r
I nt i
McDonald noted Page's heart weighed 650 grams
nuch larger than a normal healthy hart. It is believed that
lealth issues and the act of the physical restraint may have
>een the cause.
Since the incident occurred last December, a number
>f community organizations have urged District Attorney
im O'Neil to release the body camera footage. President
>f the Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and
/icinity (MCWSV) Bishop Todd Fulton attempted multi
>le times to meet with I
doing their job, but we also want to address the issues," he
continued. "Why it is so difficult for you to do the job that
taxpayers are paying you to do."
"It should not have been this hard to have the footage
released. This man died in your custody and we deserve to
know what happened."
According to Fulton and other members of the confer
ence, they will hold an official news conference later this
month to address the footage.
responded to a
charge of. a ?
firearm at 4404
Old Rural Hall
arrival officers attempted to detain
Pace, who matched the description
"It should not have been
this hard to have the footage
released. This man died in
your custody and we deserve
to know what happened."
-Bishop Todd Fulton
of the reported gunman. Page
became unresponsive after one of the officers used pepper
spray in order to put Page in handcuffs
In the footage released to the public, Page attempts to
elude officers on foot before he trips and falls. The
remaining footage shows the three officers attempting to
arrest Page. The body camera tape shown during the news
conference does not show when the pepper spray was
Medical Examiner Dr. Anna McDonald concluded that
the bruises found on Page were non- lethal. The bruises
included one on the head, three on his shoulders and small
bruises on his hips. Although the cause of death is still
unknown, McDonald noted that Page was a man who suf
fered from multiple health issues, including obesity and an
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O'Neil to ask that the
footage be released.
During a recent
MCWSV meeting, Fulton
thanked the district attor
ney's office for doing their
job. Fulton also addressed
the lack of communication
and the length of time it
took, for the footage to be
"We want to thank the
district attorney's office for
Officers battle growing i
heroin issue in W-S I
BY TEVIN STINSON
In recent years the number of people
dying from heroin and opiate has increased
throughout the Triad. In Forsyth County
between 2013 and 2014 the number of
heroin deaths jumped from just nine to 21.
Although The Chronicle was unable to
receive the number of deaths for 2015 dur
ing the monthly public safety news confer
ence on Wednesday, March 9, members of
the Winston-Salem Police said numbers
are steadily increasing. Reports indicate
that in 2016, Forsyth County EMT's have
already responded to over 100 overdose
In an attempt to combat the growing
issue, the police throughout the city are
using a new tool to keep people alive.
According to Lt. William Penn, offi
cers have been using a drug called Narcan
since late last year to reverse the effects of
overdoses. Penn mentioned that using
Narcan or Naloxone helps respiratory
issues and other problems associated with
Since September police has have used
the drug seven times in order to save
"I'm not able to go into detail about the
cases, but Narcan has saved lives," Penn .
continued. "The life of those in medical JL
need take precedent over these minor
Penn also mentioned the Good
Samaritan law which ensures that people
won't get prosecuted for minor drug
offenses if they call 911 in response to an
overdose incident. Penn said people might
not call for help when someone is suffer
ing a drug overdose because they fear
"As you might imagine, the successful
use of Naloxone was possible due to resi
dents calling first responders in a quick
manner," he said. "We don't want people
to hesitate to seek assistance for those in |
need for fear of prosecution."
Chief Barry Rountree said as an k
agency, the WSPD will do anything they
can to protect the public and also save "
lives when they have the opportunity.
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