NAME: RUSSELL NORTH OCCUPATION: Builder/Developer
SPOUSE: Jean OCCUPATION: Housewife
ADDRESS & PHONE: Rt. 12, Box 40, Lake City, FL 32055 PH: 752-6806
NAMES AGES OF CHILDREN: Debbie – 21, Rusty – 16, Marissa – 6
EDUCATION: Attended F.S.U.
JOBS HELD SINCE GRADUATION: Consulting Engineering – 13 yrs., Builder/Developer – 10 yrs
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR ACTIVITIES SINCE GRADUATION:
Enjoy traveling and being with my family
Can’t believe its our 50th year reunion I know I haven’t gotten any older and I know neither have you! I have been married to my beautiful wife Jean (Bullard) for 48 wonderful years. We have three children and three beautiful grandchildren. Debbie (Jay) Milton, teacher at Lake City Middle School, three children, Jessie age 16, twins, Annie and Alex age 14. Rusty, works for me in my building business and Marissa (Mark) Adamson, she is a doctor in Tallahassee, she owns Adamson Eye Care.
Since graduating from Columbia High School, I served in the Navy 2 years as a 2nd Class Petty Officer, I worked for W. K. Daugherty Consulting Engineers for 14 years, then went in business for myself, started Russell North Construction, Inc. in 1973. I am also involved in land development in Columbia County. We have developed several commercial sites and subdivisions. I am now semi retired. I am a member of the Lake City Rotary Club and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. We are members of the First United Methodist Church.
Jean and I enjoy traveling, working in the yard and vegetable garden. We take our family to St. Augustine Beach every summer and enjoy watching our grandchildren play football, baseball, and volleyball.
This is a brief summary of what we have been doing for the past 50 years . It will be good to see all of you and share what you have been doing all of these short years.
Following an extended illness, John Russell North, Sr. 76, passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice in Lake City, Florida, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Russell was born on January 5, 1942, in Lake City, Florida. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1960 and while in high school he joined the U.S. Navy Reserves and served from 1959-1961 on the U.S.S Kitty Hawk. He met his wife and the love of his life, Jean Bullard North, whom he married on June 21, 1962.
He worked for W.K Daughtery Engineering Firm, where he was employed for 13 years. He became a General Contractor and founded Russell North Construction, which he ran for 40+ years. Russell North designed and constructed several beautiful custom homes and commercial buildings within the Lake City and North Florida area. In 1984, Russell North was awarded Best Commercial Building of the year by Ceco-Mitchell Building Systems for the construction of an automobile dealership, Power’s Service in Lake City, Florida. He received this top honor out of 500 other builders. In addition, he was honored by Ceco in 1988 for reaching $1-million in cumulative sales volume.
Russell was a member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Rotary Club. He served on the Columbia County of Commissioners Planning and Zoning Board for several years. He enjoyed watching football and cheering on the Florida Gators. He enjoyed cooking and eating a good meal, Italian food was a favorite. He loved projects like gardening and building furniture. His greatest achievement to him, was raising a loving family. He enjoyed vacationing with them every summer to the beach and spending time with them in the Smoky Mountains.
Predeceased by his mother, Dell Thomas North, and his father, John Roy North, Russell is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Jean Bullard North; his daughter Debbie North Milton (Jay); his son Rusty North, and daughter Marissa North Adamson (Mark). He is additionally survived by his dear grandchildren, Jessie Milton Friar (Brock), Alex Milton, Annie Milton, Jack Adamson and Josie Adamson. He is also survived by his sister Betty Spradley (Shuffield) and his brother Emerson North (Cindy).
Funeral service of Mr. North will be conducted at 1:00pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at First Methodist Church Lake City with Rev. Don Hembree officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Church fellowship hall. Private family Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery. Visitation with the family and friends will be held from 6:00- 8:00pm, Friday, February 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S US Hwy 441, Lake City, Fl., 32025, (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of love and comfort t for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Haven Hospice or the First United Methodist Church.