Second Presbyterian pastor dies from complications of COVID-19


Timothy Russell (Second Presbyterian Memphis)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis died on Monday after contracting the coronavirus, the church said.

On Tuesday, Second Presbyterian announced Pastor Tim Russell died at Baptist Hospital from complications associated with the coronavirus.

“Tim Russell was a thoughtful, insightful, vastly intelligent loving friend who demonstrated a faith that’s second to nobody,” close friend Bill Courtney said.

Russell is not a Mid-South native but those who knew him said he felt drawn to the area.

“He always felt called to Memphis,” Courtney said. “He thought the work and his life, he was called to do work here in Memphis and so he moved back a few years ago.”

The church’s website lists Russell as assistant pastor to middle adults.

“Tim served and loved our church body, our staff, and his friends and family well, and we are grieving alongside his dear wife, Kathe,” the church said in a Facebook post.

The church told WREG they plan on holding a private memorial later this week. They may hold a public one when the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic change.

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