Russell Newcomb Hamner, 91, formerly of Charlottesville, Va., went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 15, 2013. He was the son of the late Charles Edward and Iris Newcomb Hamner. He was preceded in death by his son, Russell N. Hamner, Jr.; and his wife, Barbara Hall Hamner. He is survived by two daughters, Anne Goodman and her husband, John, of Rockville and Pam Joseph and her husband, Burt, of Charlottesville; sister, Phyllis Steger of Charlottesville; four grandchildren, Michael Goodman and his wife, Nancy, Nicole Collier and her husband, Jonathan, Beth Travis and her husband, Sean and Clayton Sims and his fiancée, Jamie; 10 great-grandchildren, Shaia Goodman, Toby, Colby, Tory, and Corey Collier, Colton, Derek and Archer Travis, Kaelyn and Natalie Sims; numerous nieces and nephews. Russell was a Staff Sergeant that served in the European Theater during World War II with the 84th Division, Company L 334th Infantry. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Badge, WWII Victory Ribbon, Bronze Star Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon. He also actively participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was an accountant with Uniroyal in Scottsville, Va. and retired as an accountant with the United States Postal Service.
The family will receive family and friends Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2013 at Discovery United Methodist Church, 13000 Gayton Rd., Richmond, Va. The family will receive family and friends one hour prior to the service. Burial to follow at 2:30 p.m. in Monticello Memory Gardens, Charlottesville, Va. The family has requested memorial gifts to be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.