The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 15, 2013

Annie Russell


Friday, March 15, 2013 — GOLD HILL – Mrs. Annie Lou Wagoner Russell, 89, of Gold Hill, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Autumn Care in Salisbury.

She was born on December 22, 1923, in Stanly County, a daughter of the late William Columbus Wagoner and Lizzy Mae Blackwelder Wagoner.

Mrs. Russell was a graduate of Richfield High School, had attended Pfeiffer College and worked for Carolina Maid for 35 years.

She was a member of Gold Hill United Methodist Church, the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation and enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, birds and her family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Guy “Bill” Russell; grandson, Dean Hammill; brothers, Dewey, Will, Haden, Roy and Coy Wagoner; and sisters, Nola Lefler, Lena Hodge and Elsie Shoe.

Survivors include son, Gary William Russell and daughter-in-law Sonja Taylor; daughter, Carolyn Hammill and husband Edwin of Gold Hill; brother, William Columbus “Buck” Wagoner Jr. of Greensboro; two grandchildren, Mark Hammill and Brad Taylor and wife Teresa; and one great-grandchild, Cole Taylor.

The family received friends at Powles Funeral Home on Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Gold Hill United Methodist Church by Rev. Anthony Moore, pastor. Burial will follow in the Gold Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Ronnie Barrier, Dr. Mark Wimmer and the staff of Autumn Care for their love, care and support.

Memorials may be made to Gold Hill United Methodist Church, 535 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill, NC 28071.

Online condolences can be made to the Russell family at

Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Russell family.