Celebrating the life of

John Barry Russell

April 11, 1969 - January 14, 2022

John Barry Russell

John Barry Russell, 52, of Savannah, GA, passed away on January 14, 2022. “Barry” was born on April 11, 1969, to John Russell and Sharon Forbes Russell in Savannah, GA. He attended St. James Catholic School and went on to graduate from Benedictine Military School in 1987. He then went on to study at The University of Georgia and completed his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University.

In addition to having an entrepreneurial spirit, Barry worked in electrical sales and financial services in several locations, including Chattanooga TN., Savannah, GA., Beaufort, SC., and Las Vegas, NV.

In 1998 Barry married the former Dawn Crowe of Savannah, GA. Barry and Dawn started a family in 1999 and had two beautiful daughters, Isabelle and Madeline, both of Savannah, GA. As a child, Barry was affectionately referred to as “Bobo” by his family. As a dad, Barry enjoyed spending time with his girls, golfing, and watching the Georgia Bulldogs play.

Barry had many life-long friends from BC, college, and many of the Lowcountry golf courses. He was a loving and kind individual who treasured his family and left an everlasting mark on all those who had the fortune of knowing him.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Loreta Sikes Forbes Felix and John J. Forbes Sr., and paternal grandparents Brunelle Clifton Russell and Leroy Russell; his brother-in-law, Alan Bills (“AB”). He is survived by his wife Dawn Crowe Russell, his daughters Isabelle Emma Russell and Madeline Mackenzie Russell, all of Savannah, GA; his mother Sharon Forbes Russell and his father John e. Russell, both of Savannah, GA.; his sister Michelle Russell Bills Wilcox (Wade), his nephews Brandon Tyler Bills and Chandler Matthew Bills (Lennox), all of Atlanta, GA.; his mother and father-in-law, Command Sergeant Major Ret. Willie and Maria Crowe and family, all of Hinesville, GA.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 at St. James Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held.





Our condolences to Barry’s family. A Christian and a member of the BC Family forever . Rest In Peace pal . Steve Fuller

- Steve & JoBeth Fuller, Savannah , Ga

We love you all and have so many WONDERFUL memories. Just ask…

- Graham Family, Charleston & Savannah, SC & GA

A candle has been lit!

- Stephen Herb, Savannah, Ga.

So sorry for your loss. Praying peace and comfort for the entire family. O hope you take solace in knowing he's present with the Father now.

- Michele Means, Loganville, GA

So sorry for your loss. Praying peace and comfort for the entire family. I hope you take solace in knowing he's present with the Father now.

- Michele Means, Loganville, GA

My love and prayers to Sharon and Michelle. Barry was always kind to me when I visited Savannah. He and Alan (AB) should be enjoying a game of golf.

- Jane Thomas--AB's Aunt, Springfield, MO

You will be dearly missed loved you like a brother! Many great memories together

- Lowenthals, Savannah, GA

Our condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed.

- Ami & Corbin Zipperer, Savannah, Georgia

Our thoughts and prayers are will the entire family !! To know Barry was to Love Barry !! He will be greatly missed by many . Rest Easy Barry !!!

- Adam and Renee Weitz, Palm Coast , Florida

I am so sorry for your loss. Barry was a dear friend and I will forever cherish the memories. A kind and loving soul. He will be greatly missed. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

- Agnes Brennan Law, Atlanta, GA

Dawn and family, We are so sorry for the loss of Barry. We are thinking about you all.

- Ashley & Rob O’Brien, Savannah, GA

You will always be a great friend and brother. Our condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace Barry.

- The Jacksons, Savannah , Ga

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Barry. Thinking of all of you deeply! Love Amy & Rob

- Amy Tuttle Massey, Savannah , Ga

I am so very sorry. Barry is such a dear part of all my memories growing up and a beautiful happy person. Sending you big love.

- Ami Manning, Savannah, GA

Praying for the entire family, the Barry's.

- John Barry, Richmond Hill, GA

We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Barry…always a smile, kind word, warm hug. Love and prayers for all

- Katie and Bill Bradley, Savannah, Georgia

Praying for all , was a great friend and a great person to be around with. BC 1987

- Tony Tuttle , Richmond hill , Georgia

Dawn and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Barry will be greatly missed.

- Taylor, Tonia, and Brandy Parrott , Savannah , Ga

Always enjoyed playing golf with Barry. Huge heart and gentle soul. R.I.P my friend!!!!!

- Stewart Helmly, Wilmington Island , Ga

Deepest sympathy on the death of Barry. May he rest in peace.

- Burch & Marie Bryant, SAVANNAH, GA

I’m so sorry for the loss of Barry, Sharon. Praying for comfort for you, Michelle, John and the rest of the family.

- Karen Thompson (Sikes), Savannah, GA

I was shocked to see that Barry had passed, so sad. As I remember, Barry was always a calm happy presence. His smile was infectious. He knew no strangers and was a friend to all. I was lucky enough to have know Barry all the way back from Kindergarten at SJS thru BC. He will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. My condolences to you all.

- Mataxas, Ashburn , Virginia

Dear Russell and Forbes Families, I am so saddened to hear of my friend's passing. We worked together for several years and we became friends. He will be sadly missed. He was such a kind man. May your memories of times spent together help you through this trying time.

- Colleen King, Richmond Hill , GA

My Condolences to Barry's family. Barry was such a wonderful person. He will be missed.

- Christy Farmer Woiwode, Savannah, GA

My deepest condolence to the family. Praying for peace and understanding.

- Breyone Murphy , Marietta, Ga

Like all of Barry's friends, we to were saddened and sorry to hear of his passing. I had the privilege of playing golf with Barry numerous times while we were members at WIC. I was fortunate to develop a friendship with him, I will remember him as a loving/caring Husband, Father, Son and Brother, he was a man of great Character, Integrity and always a loyal and true friend. Dawn, your girls, Michelle and all of the families..., we have you in our prayers/thoughts and we pray that God will comfort you during this very difficult time. Rest in Peace Barry and I'm grateful that God allowed our paths to cross.

- Richard, Ann Lutz and our family, Savannah, GA

Barry will forever be remembered with a smile. He was a great friend and loved by all. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to each of you.

- Tammi Sani, Jacksonville, FL

Dawn, Isabelle and Maddie, I am so sorry about your loss. Barry was always such a good friend to me. He was always kind and had a great smile. I will miss him dearly. God bless y’all!!! Chris Templeton and Family

- Chris Templeton, Savannah, Ga

Barry will most certainly be missed. He was easy to smile and slow to anger. We shared some fun on the golf course. I always thought of him as a bit a a raconteur and simply an enjoyable guy. I’ll miss bumping into him and catching up. Godspeed, Barry. Kevin R. Doyle BC c/o 1987

- Kevin R Doyle, SAV , GA

My deepest condolences to the family. Barry was undoubtedly a light in all your lives and he’s been taken far too soon. May he live long in all our memories. RIP

- Chris Edgerly, Los Angeles, CA

Sending lots of love and prayers from the Cross family❤️

- Caitlyn C, Charleston , SC

I was shocked when I heard the news of Barry's passing. My mind immediately went to all the fun times we shared at BC as well as being roommates at UGA (1988). I am so grateful to have had some 1:1 time with him at our 30th reunion in 2017. God bless him and his family during this difficult time.

- Chris Brno, Ladera Ranch, California

I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the knowledge that many are holding you in their hearts today and remembering along with you.

- Kim Lott, Cumming, Georgia

Sharon, John, Dawn & girls & Michelle, It's heartbreaking to know Bobo is gone. My love, hugs & prayers are with you all. RIP my Bobo until I see you again.

- Kay M Evans, Guyton, Ga

We were extremely saddened to learn of your family's loss. Fill the void with your precious memories of Barry. We send our deepest condolences to your entire family .

- Art & Happi Gallaher, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!


- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

Although I didn't know Barry, I know his parents John and Sharon. My heart and prayers go out to the entire family.

- Robert Sikes , Ellabell, GA

Dawn. I am so very sorry. Praying our Father’s highest love and peace over you and your girls. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

- Priscilla Rentz, Bluffton, SC

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held