David Ray Russell

August 14, 1944 - June 14, 2011
David Ray Russell

David Ray Russell, Sr. 66, of Wilmington died Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

He was known as the “Tooth Fairy” to the dental field and “Pops” to his Harley family, he owned and operated Hanover Dental Laboratory. Born in New Hanover County on August 14, 1944 the son of the late John Quince, Sr. and Nellie Irene Russell.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years Linda Ragan Russell, sons David Russell, Jr., Tim Russell and wife Michele, Sonny Russell and wife Christy, brothers Jimmy, William and Ernest, sisters Madeline Jordan and Carolyn Reel, 10 grandchildren all of Wilmington.

Funeral services will be conducted 6:00 PM Friday, June 17, 2011 at Silver Lake Baptist Church. The family will see friends after the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to SECU Family house at UNC Chapel Hill 123 Old Mason Farm Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517 or Silver Lake Baptist Church 4715 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412.

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  • June 16, 2011
    Amanda & Matt Bradley says:
    We are praying for you all! If we can do anything please let us know. With Love, Mandii & Matt

  • June 17, 2011
    Larry & Gayle Tipper says:
    Our heartful condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the Lord during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • June 17, 2011
    Pam Russell says:
    When I think of Uncle Ray, I always will remember how he made us smile and how kind he was-- I especially remember how he made my Daddy (Bobby Russell) smile and laugh with him so easily! I am sending my deepest sympathy to his dear family and please know my thoughts and love are with you today and always.

  • June 17, 2011
    Maisie & Sue says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts prayers.

  • June 16, 2011
    tina newee says:
    uncle ray always had a way of making me feel special when i was little and continued to make me feel special in my adult years as well. I loved him and will always remember him.