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Helen Lee Johnson

December 18, 1934 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: November 1, 2020

Naomi Jeanette Hord Thornton

April 12, 1932 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: Private

Allyson Nicole Puskar

September 20, 1980 ~ October 25, 2020

Services will be held: November 7, 2020

Vara Hayes Fish

September 22, 1930 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 30, 2020

Wayne Beale Lewter, Sr.

July 20, 1939 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 31, 2020

Justin Tyler White

November 09, 1990 ~ October 22. 2020

Services will be held: November 8, 2020

Madge Lorraine Conis Creasy

Dec. 2, 1922 ~ Oct. 25, 2020

Services will be held:

Bonifacio Diego Gomez

June 5, 1974 ~ October 24, 2020

Services will be held: October 28, 2020

James Russell Capps

February 26, 1931 ~ October 6, 2020

J. Russell Capps, 89, transitioned to his heavenly home on October 6, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer. His firm belief in God and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ supported him in his struggle and ultimately gives us the Peace of knowing that we will see him again very soon.

Russell was born to the late Jasper Daniel (Jack) Capps and Flora Mae Starling Capps, a professional carpenter and a homemaker respectively, in Raleigh, NC on February 26, 1931. He always remembered the wonderful example of a Godly home his parents set for him. He attended Murphy Elementary School and Hugh Morson High School in the Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh. He graduated from the Radio/Television Institute of Chicago and then from Wake Forest University in 1956 with a degree in Sociology and simultaneously worked a position in radio and later television with WRAL in Raleigh. He subsequently attended Southeastern Baptist Seminary for three years and served as a volunteer pastor at Fuller Mission Church in Raleigh. In the 1960s he attended the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill, NC for a number of studies in local government administration and fire service. In 1968, he served as the first Wake County Planning Director and later as the first director of Wake County Emergency Management and founded the Wake County Emergency Medical Services. Russell was elected to the NC State House of Representatives in 1994 and served 6 terms. For 22 years, he served as President of the Tax Payers Association. He was a member of the Christian Action League of NC for 40 years. He spent eighteen years as a department head in Wake County Government. He was Fire Marshall of Wake County for seventeen years. He was a planner in the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. He served as Wake County’s first Planning Director who helped develop and prepare the original Wake County Comprehensive Development Plan.

Russell is survived by his wife, Gayle McLaurin Capps; his son Rusty Capps (Nancy), daughter Candace Capps Robinson (Curt); his step-son Anthony Brownd; his grandchildren Jamie, Rachel, Rebecca, Abbie, Jesse, Lydia, John and Joshua Capps and Jaclyn McGhee; and his former wife Shirley Capps Wallace. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Sinclair and Jack Carl Capps; and his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 12, 2020 at Christ Baptist Church, 400 Newton Road, Raleigh. Interment will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park. Mr. Capps will lie in repose at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc., 6325 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. Condolences and memories are gladly accepted at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com

Funeral arrangements are by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home of Raleigh.


October 11, 2020

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh
831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27604

Mr. Capps will lie in repose at the funeral home from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Sunday. Wearing masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home.


October 12, 2020

11:00 AM

Christ Baptist Church
400 Newton Road Raleigh, NC

(SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED FOR SEATING) Interment will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park


  1. Steve & Sharon Aust

    What a wonderful Christian man, and friend! His life was his testimony, and he shared it freely! When we first met Russ & Gayle, almost 20 years ago, and we were new to the area, we teased that he had become our honorary “social director,” as it was a common thing for him to call and say, “let’s go here, or there,” and off we’d go……dinner, camping, plays, inspirational sings, etc. They sure helped us feel welcome to the community. Russ will be missed by many!

  2. Dr. Anthony Ross Harrington (CCCC Retired)

    I remember watching Russell on the 10:30 AM news on WRAL in the early 1960s. My grandmother, rest her soul, and I watched WRAL. He did a great job while at WRAL and he later served his county and state, but most important he served his God and Savior Jesus Christ.

  3. Marc Scruggs

    Russell was one of the most honorable gentlemen I have ever know. He always represented himself and others with the utmost dignity and integrity! Well done!!

  4. Grier Campbell

    We have lost a good neighbor and Raleigh has lost a good citizen.
    Mary Anne and Grier Campbell

  5. Jack Marshburn

    By God’s providence I was privileged to get to know Russell by joining him on the board of directors for the Christian Action League. His convictions and commitment were obvious, but most of all to me, Russell Capps was an encourager and a good friend. To God be the glory for the grace that saved Russell and that has now ushered him into His glorious presence.
    Till we meet again!

  6. Tom Price

    I had the great pleasure to drive the tour bus on Russell’s Myrtle Beach Christmas trips. He was a great “tour guide” for his trips and always had a full bus of friends. Everyone enjoyed his stories. I will miss him.

  7. Danny Starling

    Rest In Peace, Russell , I haven’t seen or talked to you in a long time now I miss you alrady, Till we meet again

  8. Jodi and Donnie

    We are saddened by the loss of such a fine man. We will never forget his kindness and his willingness to help others. He will be truly missed by many, but his loving memories will be the source of inspiration for all of us.
    My the Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

  9. philip Smith

    So sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral service of one of my very deer friends while I was in the New Hope Fire Dept. May he R.I.P.

  10. Bill Carraway

    Russell was a great man. I was always grateful and appreciative of the support he gave me in the days of Grassroots Seeds and the Richard Morgan caper. Russell’s leadership of the Wake County Taxpayers Assoc. was a highlight of action in the years. Russell will be missed and his wisdom and humor were always appreciated. My prayers to Gayle and his children and for Russell’s soul. Heaven will be a better place with Russell.

  11. Ruby Tyner

    Russell was special person. We always enjoyed speaking with him during our Christmas family gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Much Love to All … Gerald Jr. , Ruby , Jordan and Brandon Tyner

  12. Vicky Williford Croom

    I was honored to have known Russell as a Christian brother and conservative political activist. He often gave Christian based advice to the younger generation, whether at the Wake Taxpayers Association or the various Republican groups, and was a reliable and honest source on current happenings, both in Wake County and NC. Watching the video tribute triggered some fond memories of many events we were both at, along with our gone-to-Glory buddy, Luther Emory, AKA “my second dad”.

    Russell knew I had some health issues and would often inquire about updates and tell me how he was praying for me. I truly cherished his prayers and thoughts, especially knowing the busyness of his life. Our loss is Heaven’s gain and he has been a faithful servant to mankind.

    With prayers from Alabama!

  13. Elaine Williford

    Russell was a true man of Christian man of faith who loved all people. His leadership will be missed.

  14. Larry W King

    Rev. Larry King and Pat:
    I came to know brother Russell Capps as a young man many years ago (1960’s) on his program at WRAL TV. On occasion Pat my wife and I would see Russell and his wonderful wife Gayle in Capt. Stanley’s eating seafood. He had a wonderful Christian spirit and never waivered in his witness for Jesus Christ! Of all that Russell Capps accomplished in this life I believe he would say to all of us, “Fight the good fight brothers and sisters–there is a crown of righteousness waiting for you also– IF you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior! Amen & Amen. “Well done thou good and faithful servant his Master. Enter the joys of heaven!
    God bless Gayle and the entire Capps Family
    Larry & Pat King

  15. skip hawkins

    Russell first met my mother and me at the Fuller Baptist Mission in 1957. I was three years old and a founding member of the mission. We worshipped in a building on Glenwood Ave. near Hillsborough St. When the mission moved to the governor Charles Aycock house on Bloodworth St in the early sixties, we found a huge beehive under the second floor floorboards. I was more in the way than anything else, but he gave me honey to take home.
    I remember Shirley, his son Rusty and his daughter Candace. They were a warm, loving family at the church.
    When my father left our family, he and our pastor Tom Bashford, helped our family.
    I sang with him in the choir and tried to be a good Christian. He left our church when I was a teenager and I missed his warmth, his humor, and his gentle ways.
    I have a thank you that I still owe him. When Russell drove the church bus , he would take me home last so my girl Becky and I could be with each other for little longer. Becky and I just had our 47th anniversary in August. He was a big part of our lives and we were blessed to know him. R.I.P.

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