GLOUCESTER—On Friday, June 24, 2022, God called his son, Russell Nickens, who passed away peacefully in the arms of his savior Jesus Christ at Commonwealth Senior Living, Gloucester House, Gloucester.
Russell was born to the late Elzennia Nickens Travis and Edward Nickens on January 31, 1937, in Lancaster.
He was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, three brothers, and one son.
On September 15, 1956, Russell was joined in holy matrimony to Joyce Marie Cox and from their union they were blessed with one son, Russell Jr.; and two daughters, Brenda and Angela.
Russell worked for the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation for 43 years before retiring in 1995. After retirement Russell worked for Bay Transit for several years.
Russell loved people and loved to talk, as they say he could talk the legs off an iron pot. Russell was famous for his clichés, especially “and you can take that to the bank.” Russell enjoyed fixing his cars up and spending hours and hours cleaning them; if his car was dirty you knew something had to be wrong with him.
Russell leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Brenda Mitchell (Sam) of Lancaster and Angela Henderson (Vernell) of Lancaster; two grandsons, Jeremy Nickens “TT” of Weems and Darius Mitchell (Iesha) of Warsaw; two granddaughters, Chanel Mitchel of Newport News and Shanita Mitchell of Fredericksburg; three sisters, Ernestine Yerby (Alonzo) of Hyattsville, Md., Peggy Morris (Judge) of Gloucester and Lousetta Carter (Gary) of Newport News; three sisters-in-law, Carrie, Sylvia, and Faye Nickens; seven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held June 30 at Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home, Lancaster, followed by a service of committal at Willie Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Lancaster.