Celebrating the life of

Stephen C. Russell

Passed away on January 10, 2020

Stephen C. Russell

Stephen Christopher Russell, age 50, of Savannah, Georgia died Friday, January 10, 2020 in the care of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was surrounded by his family and friends.

Steve was born in Columbus, Georgia on December 7, 1969 to Suzanne Russell. He grew up in Atlanta and then moved to Savannah in 1990 where he began working at Austin’s Steakhouse on Wilmington Island. In 1994 Steve started working for St. Joseph’s Candler Health System in the printing department and then moved into the Information Services Department, where he continued to work for the past 20 years.

Steve was devoted to his family. He and his wife, Helena, met in 1994 at his first job in Savannah at Austin’s Steakhouse. They were married on May 24, 1997 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Wilmington Island. Their twenty-eight year relationship created an exceptional bond of love and companionship. Not only were they husband and wife, they were best friends and soul mates. Steve’s children, Madeline Elise (17) and Noah Austin (12), meant the world to him. They shared a unique and special bond that included a love of sports, Star Wars, and music.

Steve loved rock and heavy metal music. He both played and collected guitars. Steve’s collection included 20 plus guitars. He recently began building guitars and completed one over the Christmas holidays. Steve was often seen in his “Man Cave” watching ESPN and strumming rock tunes on his guitars. He also enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and especially, being at home with his family.

Those who were blessed to call him friend will truly miss his wonderful laughter and warm greetings of, “Hey, dude!” or “What’s uuuup?” The world is a far better place because of the charm, wit, and talent that Steve Russell possessed.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 23 years Helena, and his two beautiful children, Maddie and Noah. He is also survived by his mother Suzanne, his mother-in-law and father in law, Fran and Mike Phillips, brother-in-law, Michael (Tonya), sister-in-law, Tessa (Jeff), nephews, Hayden, Clayton, and Levi, his uncle and aunt, David and Harriet Russell, and cousins, Hollie Sullivan and David Russell, Jr.

The visitation service will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 7020 Concord Road, Savannah, GA 31410 on Wednesday, January 15 from 5-7pm with the Rosary service beginning at 5:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 7020 Concord Road, Savannah, GA 31410 on Thursday, January 16 at 10:00am. There will be a private burial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stephen Russell Memorial Fund at First Chatham Bank on Wilmington Island.



I am so sad to read of Steve passing! While I have not seen him in years, I will always have fond memories of Steve and the fun time we had together at Austin's! My prayers are with Helena and his family! Rest in peace old friend!

- Robyn Quattlebaum,Ga, Savannah

We are shocked and saddened Helena and family !!! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers !! God Bless you !!!!

- Bill and COLLEEN Henry,Ga, Savannah

Helena and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

- Nita Oetgen Martin,GA, Tybee Island

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I was so very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was such a special person and a tremendous help with the computers at our center. Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord and may he rest in peace. Sr. Donna, SBS

- Sister Donna Banfield,GA, Savannah

May your cherished memories of Steve keep you close in thought and heart to your husband, father and his love. I am so saddened.

- Jane Landry, Savannah, Georgia

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- Susan & Curtis Smith/SJC, GA

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- Vanessa Roseman, GA

I didnt know Steve well, but rode in the elevator with,and saw him at the Lunch Box often at Candler.He was always very friendly. He helped me with computer issues many times. Deeply saddened by his loss. Prayers for comfort and hope for all of his friends and family.

- Kimberly Screen, Savannah, GA

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- Terry Santiago, GA

Sleep, it is best..... Sweet as the tender fragrance that survives. When martyred flowers breathe out their little lives, Sweet as a song that once console our pain, But shall never be sung again, Is thy remembrance. Now the hour of rest, hath come to thee. Sleep, loved one: it is best. — Penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.................. Sir Knight Frank

- Dr. Frank Lala, Savannah, GA

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- The Carbo Family, GA

Deeply saddened by this. My love, thoughts, prayers and support are with you all during this tough time. I’ll miss my time hanging with Steve in the man cave playing and admiring his guitar creations. We had a lot in common relating to music, movies, and technology. I couldn’t have asked for a better brother-in-law. Great guy. I’ll miss you Steve.

- Jeff Gardner, Atlanta , GA

Helena, Maddi, Noah,,, Even we are living so far from you,,, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this difficult times, May God arms hold you all tightly and surround you with his love. Lots of love from ?stanbul, TURKEY. Esin family

- Handan & Muzaffer Esin, Istanbul, TURKEY

Helena, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Smith, Savannah, GA

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- Amiee Blue, GA

We are so terribly sorry to read this news. Steve was always such a happy and positive guy. May God comfort you.

- Michael, Clarissa, Suzanna, and Jake Knight, Savannah, GA

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- Dee, Stephanie, Dylan, and Doree Herb, GA

I am so sorry to hear about Stephen passing. We’ve been out of town & just now heard of his passing. We deeply grieve with the family & pray God will comfort them & give them strength through this very difficult time.

- Alicia Barrow, Tybee Island, GA

Wish I could wrap my arms around you, Sweet Helena, and cry with you. Our family is so sad for your loss, & understand too well what you are going through. We love all of you. Although I never met Steve I’ve been blessed to be in touch thru social media. I could see the love you have for each other. Keeping good thoughts for you & entire family. Send much love and many prayers .. Yvonne

- Yvonne Parham, Griffin, GA

Helena - My heart, prayers and love goes out to you and your family during this time of loss.

- Jeniffer Ward (Parham), Mexico Beach, FL

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- Alicia Barrow, GA

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- Tony, Mary Ann and Shae O’Connor, GA

What a good guy. So sorry to hear of his passing. Was always a positive experience when our paths would cross on the job. I will miss bumping into him and hearing his “wass uuuup”. Rest In Peace Brother, and May God bless you and your loved ones.

- Steve Stettler, Wilmington Island, GA

Our families have been friends since our daughters were about three months old. Our sons are best friends and the loss of Steve has affected our entire family. We are devastated for your loss but are here if you need anything. With Much Love, Ross, Heather, Autumn, & Fischer Harrison

- The Harrison Family, Savannah, GA

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We are thinking of you and your precious children. We love you so much.

- Jennifer Powell, Roanoke, VA

Helena, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

- Carlisle and Kathryn DeWitt, Savannah, GA

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- Mike Tindel, GA

We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. RIP Steve

- The Baehrs, Round Hill, VA

Helena, Maddi, and Noah! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time. May Gods arms hold you all tightly and surround you with his love! We love you guys, the Radach family!

- Radach Angela, Savannah, GA

Helena, I am so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. I know he will be missed. I am praying for you and the family and hope you find yourselves wrapped n the love of family and friends.

- Jessica Wagner, Alexandria, VA

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Helena and family, I am so sorry for your loss! May God bless your family and please know you are in our prayers.

- Jacqueline, Savannah, GA

We are so sorry for your loss... Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Nick, Z and Basia Peragine, Savannah, GA

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- Cortney and Ken Elwood, GA

Helena, we are so sorry for your loss, may God put his arms around you, and a hedge of angels to help you and your 2 precious children thru this heartbreaking time. Your Mom and I have been friends since Jr Hi. She is a dear friend. All of you will be in mine and Craig’s prayers.

- Marie and Craig Seymour, Powder Springs, GA

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- Tricia and Doug Maxheimer, GA

I am so very sorry for your loss,I have such fond memories of our childhood. I am so glad we connect as adults. He will truly be missed.

- Heather Russell- Untz, Carolina Beach, NC

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- The Sapone Family, GA

To Helena and family...I know there is nothing I can say to lessen your pain. Just know that all of you are loved and in the daily prayers of many.

- Cecilia Morett, Savannah, GA

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- Sonya Takats, GA

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- Gloria Broadstreet, GA

I worked with Steve for many years at Candler. Steve, was always so very kind and always smiling. Condolences to his family and friends.

- Linda Harris , Savannah , Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel

  • A private burial will be held