He was born Aug. 9, 1945, in Rabun County to Jable and Corrie Eller Hunnicutt. Russell was a heavy equipment operator and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was of the Baptist faith.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by: two brothers, Lewis and Ted Hunnicutt; and a sister, Joy Hunnicutt Singletary.
Survivors include: his wife, Rose Emory Hunnicutt of Mountain City; a son, Scott Hunnicutt (Michelle) of Mountain City; two daughters, Kimberly Deal (David) of Mountain City and Donna Bennett (Phillip) of Lawrenceville; two brothers, Buster Hunnicutt of Otto, N.C., and Ed Hunnicutt of Mountain City; three sisters, Lena Gragg of Lakemont, Lorraine Myer of Jacksonville, Fla., and Laura Penland of Mountain City; eight grandchildren, Heather (Jereme), Joseph, Rusty, Rhett, Raechel, Marcie, Cody and Miranda; two great-grandchildren, Westin and Koltin; and several beloved nephews and nieces.
The body is being cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is at the home on Electric Avenue in Mountain City.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.