Miami, Florida, Family registery page from the bible of Della Jones Starling. 

May 1994

Vero Beach, Florida

May 1994, Vero Beach, Florida, Home of Bobby & Sandy Russell, William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr., Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell. 

June 1995

Vero Beach, Florida

June 1995, Vero Beach, Florida, William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr., Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell, Newspaper article about their 60th wedding anniversary.

December 26, 2003

Vero Beach, Florida

December 26, 2003, Vero Beach, Florida, Newspaper obit for Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell. 

Miami, Dade, Florida

18500 North East 1 Court, Miami, Florida, The first home for William "Bill" Everett Russell, Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell, & William "Billy" Everett Russell Jr. They lived here when Billy was a young boy. They opened the sides of the trailer. 

Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell
528 North West 50 Street, Miami, Florida. Home of William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr., Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell, & William "Billy" Everett Russell Jr. 

1982

Vero Beach, Florida

1982, 2245 53rd Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida, Home of William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr. & Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell from 1972 till death. 

Miami, Florida, William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr. & Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell.

January 20, 1934

Miami, Florida

January 20, 1934, Miami, Florida, Freeman Wedding Day, Bessie Francis Starling Liebmann, Louisa Freeman, George Freeman, William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr., Ella Mary Starling Herring. 

Martha Purdom Starling & Martha Carolyn Starling's Trip to New York

Told to Linda Dianne Herring Crompton by Martha Carolyn Starling Russell: 

    In 1929, Ira Carroll Starling Sr. got passes to go to New York for his daughter, Martha Carolyn Starling (Russell), and his mother, Martha Elizabeth Purdom Jolly Starling, to visit Homer & Rosella Bennett. Rosella Bennett was Ira's sister. Ira Carroll said his mother, Martha,would not know how to handle traveling on the train, so that is why he sent his daughter, Martha, with her. Everything went well on the trip. Della Jones Starling was sure to let the Bennett's know, ahead of time, that they were coming. They were met at the Pennsylvania train station by the Bennett's. When they got ready to go back home, Rosella Bennett packed them a lunch and pears to take on the train. When they got to Washington, D.C. they had to change trains. Martha was 12 and she had to get her grandmother, Martha Starling, age 77, and the luggage off the train. The pears had rotted in the paper bag and the bottom fell out, making a mess on the train. Martha was trying clean them up when the porter came through and said the train was going to switch right away, and that they had to get off the train now. So Martha left the garbage and got off the train. Martha got a porter to help make sure they got on the right train from there. This was a two day trip.           

June 1934

Miami, Florida

June 1934, Miami, Florida, Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell - graduation from High School.

1936

Miami, Florida

1936, Miami, Florida, Martha "Martie" Carolyn Starling Russell, William "Billy" Everett Russell Jr., William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr

1926, Miami, Florida, Photo of William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr., age 17, when he worked at Burdines

William E. Russell

Birth: 1909

Death: 1997

 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Martha C. Russell (1917 - 2003)*
 
*Calculated relationship

 

Burial:
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 
Fort Pierce
St. Lucie County
Florida, USA
Plot: Field of Honor

 
Created by: Ken & Nancy
Record added: Jun 11, 2009 
Find A Grave Memorial# 38214421

Martha C. Russell

Birth: 1917

Death: 2003


Martha Carolyn Russell, 86, died Dec. 24, 2003 in Vero Beach. 

Resident of Vero Beach for 31 years, coming from Miami. 

Survived by her sons, William E. Russell Jr. of Vero Beach and Robert A. Russell of Palm Bay; sister Bessie Frances Liebman of Michigan; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

SERVICES: Aycock Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Pierce. Burial in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce. 

FPT - 25 Dec 2005 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  William E. Russell (1909 - 1997)

 

Burial:
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 
Fort Pierce
St. Lucie County
Florida, USA
Plot: Field of Honor

 
Created by: Ken & Nancy
Record added: Jun 11, 2009 
Find A Grave Memorial# 38214461

Photo of William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr. (Rear, second from right) in Boy Scouts.

Bill & Martha Russell - Dating

    The first time William "Bill" Russell saw Martha "Martie" Starling he felt it was pre-ordained that they be together.

    The first time Martie saw Bill he was dancing with some one else at a party. She noticed that he stood out from all the rest of the boys. They did not actually met at that time.

    Martie went home that night and wrote in her diary, "Russell was there tonight". She wrote the word Russell real big and underlined it. She did not know that it was his last name. She went back to the house where she saw him a few more times but Bill did not come back there for several months.    One day at school in home ec class, some girl was showing pictures of Bill. Martie went over and said

, "I know him, his name is Russell". The girl told her that was not right and that this name was Bill Russell. She wanted to know where Martie had met him.  Martie told her it was at her next door neighbors house. Martie had been dancing with Horace, but they were not dating. The girl told her, "You won't see him any more, because I am going to tell him not to go over there any more. I have him wrapped around my little finger".     Martie told a boy friend of Bill's what the girl said and he told Bill. Bill went immediately back over to the neighbors house where Martie saw him. Young people would meet here at night and dance to piano music. Horace, his sister, and another girl played the piano. Bill came over and asked Martie to dance and they have been 'dancing' ever since.

    Bill then asked Martie for a date to go to the Olympia theater, near a water fall. In the theather Martie saw stars on the ceiling, lights that blinked all the time.

    Martie and Bill dated for two years.

    Bill lived with his parents at the time and was the bread winner for the family. He was working as a substitue letter carrier. He couldn't afford to marry, because he had to help support his parents.     Bill thought Ira Carroll Starling, Martie's brother, didn't like him. One time Bill went out to the car where Carroll and Bob Lee were talking and Carroll did not talk with Bill.     Bill was loving Martie up in the car in front of the house. Their cousin Cab Reed came out, looked, then went back in to the house. He was going to tell Bill not to come around any more.

    The second time they dated they, they had a contest to see who could kiss the longest. Martie's cuban girl friend (they had the dances at her house) and her boyfriend walked out to the car. The girl said, "Let's see who can kiss the longest." Martie didn't want too, but Bill reached out the window of the car and grabbed Martie and kissed her. Martie and Bill won the contest.

Bill & Martha Russell - Wedding

    Martha Carolyn Starling married William Everett Russell Sr. on June 8, 1935 in Miami, Florida. They were married at 84 North East 29 Street in Miami, atthe home of one of Martha's father's railroad friends. Martha's parents had rented out the big house on the corner and were living in the smaller house in the back. The living room of her parents house was too small to have the ceremony there. The railroad man's sister-in-law worked with Martie at the Biltmore Dry Cleaners, across from her father's house. The girl invited them to get married at their house. Bob Lee's father Rev. Charles R. Lee officated the ceremony. The witnesses were Mr. & Mrs. William J. Russell Sr., (Bill's parents) and Mrs. Della Jones Starling, (Martie's mother). Martie told Linda Crompton, late in her life, that she still has her bridal book.

    Martha worked at the Biltmore Dry Cleaners in Miami as a marker and checker. She checked the garments, assembled them after they were cleaned, ironed them, put them on hangers, and hung them on the proper racks. There was no air conditioning in the building. Her salary was $10.00 a week and her hours were from 8:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. or later. The day she married Bill Russell she had to work till 6:00 p.m.

    On their wedding day Martha was home waiting for Bill to come pick her up to go to the railroad man's house. He was late coming and Martie was getting nervous. Bill had come out to his car with his parents. Some neighbors who thought it would be funny, flattened two of his tires. He had to get two tires and put them on the car before he could pick her up. Martha's brother, Ira Carroll Starling, and his girl friend went to see what had happened to Bill. Carroll didn't offer to help but went back and told Martha. So the wedding was late.     Ella Mary and Raymond Herring rode in Bill's car, with the tin cans and everything tied on the car, for a ride around town.

    There were not many motels then. So Martha and Bill spent the night at Louisa and George Freeman's house.

Letter from Kimberly Russell Read at Bill's Funeral

     At William "Bill" Everett Russell Sr.'s funeral a letter was read that was written by his grand daughter, Kimberly Russell:

 "Grandpa when I think of you, a warm smile appears on my face. Memories cross my mind. You did so many things to fill my heart with joy. You are an inspiration to me, as well as a guider. You are one of the few people I can trust. I feel your pain. You are so strong, with a heart of gold. And you are a funny man, grandpa. Through all your pain and suffering you seem to still have a big smile on your face, with determination and hope. I remember the spools you made the grand kids. I look forward to seeing you every day, being that close to grandma and making me one with Job. The funny noises. The funny way you talk in German. In your understanding heart guide me in the right direction. I remember playing cards with you, Grandpa, giving you shoulder massages. I knew your days were ending. But you, Grandpa, will always be a guider through life and an inspiration. And most of all, the number one Grandpa in my life. You'll never be forgotten, Grandpa. When I feel old, I will think of you and all the things we have been through and the positive outcomes. And Grandpa, I love you. Now there won't be any more suffering. You deserve to be in a better place. I know you will always be there for me. Your a good hearted man. I know you will go to heaven. I can't wait to see you again. Rest in peace, Grandpa. I'll see you when I get there. I love you with all my heart. Kim."