Russell  Wayne Paris, Sr.

Russell Wayne Paris, Sr.

Saturday March 14th, 1959 - Tuesday December 1st, 2020
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Russell was educated in the Chattanooga public school. He was a 1977 graduate of Howard High School. He was a former employee of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

Russell loved being a husband, dad, brother, uncle, and friend. Most of all he loved the title of “GRAMPS”. He cherished every moment spent with his grandchildren.

Russell loved lending a helping hand. No matter what time of day, he would stop what he was doing to help. He had a big heart and loved helping family, friends, and his church family. Russell was a man of God with a heart of gold.

He truly let his light shine everywhere. Russell was known for his flavorful food that was cooked with love. Russell was a former member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He later united with the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. Russell served on the Deacon board, male chorus, mass choir, Sunday school, trustee board, kitchen ministry, lawn care team for the church, and various other positions in the church.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Doris B. Paris; mother-in-law, Beatrice King; sisters and brothers, Barbara Paris, Edward Paris, Walter Paris, and Robert T Paris; grandson, Riasian Paris; son in law, Bradley Dossett, Sr; sister-in-law, Elizabeth King; brother-in-law James King.

Cherishing Russell's precious memories will be his loving wife, Frankie Regina Paris; children, Vanessa Dossett, Kapaneshia Moore, Akeia Colley, Patrick (Valerie) Smiley, Demetrius (Joyce) Eddins, E4 SPC Russell (Phyllis) Paris, Jr., Fort Irwin, California; sisters, Patricia P. McIntosh, Earline Paris, Janice P. (Charlie) Stevens, Doris D. Paris; grandchildren, Jordan and Demetrius Eddins, Jr., Bradley Dossett, Jr; David Hicks, Woodrow Paris, Russell Paris, III, Austin Rue, Kaiden and Zaiden Smiley, Treyvious and Timetrius Lansden; aunts and uncles, Bernice Sanders, Edward (Priscilla) King; sisters and brothers-in-law Charles (Ponda) Foster, Elaine Foster, Tondalaya Paris; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends; his devoted dogs Bizzy Ann and Black Girl Paris.

A public viewing will be held from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Thursday, December 10, 2020, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 12 noon Friday, December 11th at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church.

Interment: Forest Hill Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday December 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday December 10th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday December 11th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday December 11th, 2020 12:00pm
    Antioch Primitive Baptist Church
    Address Not Available


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Sherry B

Posted at 11:07am
Sending our heartfelt condolences to the entire Paris Family. Pal was always such a nice and gentle soul with his very warm smile and always lending a helpful hand since the day we met him.

God Bless you and keep you is our Prayer.

Hudson Family

Jewel Billups

Posted at 09:14am
To Pat and Family You have my deepest sympathy jewel
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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc Gamma Chi

Posted at 04:31pm
Love you always Soror Colley. Sisterly Soror Tawanda Jones, Soror Nikitia Wilson, Soror Sharnae Smith & your Gamma Chi Chapter sisters #SGRho #GGC4L
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Lenard Wigfall

Posted at 04:06pm
Seen Pal the day before he passed walking his dogs and hollered at him ..them dogs walking you Pal and he just laughed ......going too miss riding by when he BBQ.....telling him is the meat ready....he always had a big smile when talking too him...praying for peace for his wife my friend...and his children ..his sisters...much... love...Lenard Wigfall and the Wigfall and Witherspoon families

Judy Morgan-Beeman

Posted at 06:08pm
Praying for God’s Peace for the family.

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