Earnest "Rusty" Russell Kinney


January 19, 1957 ~ September 11, 2020

Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Lilburn, GA

Earnest ‘Rusty’ Russell Kinney, of Lilburn, age 63, passed away Friday September 11, 2020 from heart failure. Rusty was born January 19, 1957 to William and Dorothy Kinney.

Rusty was a hard worker all his life and never liked to be idle. He didn’t know the meaning of ‘take it easy’ as he was still insistent on cutting his own grass even after three brain surgeries. He loved plants, any movie or show that was an old western, and collecting knicknacks.

Rusty was survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Amber and Brian Fleming, Holly and Ganzo Castro, and Megan and Michael Holgate; grandchildren, Vanesa Castro, Ernie Castro, and Axel Holgate; brothers, Perry and Ricky Kinney; and sister, Charlene Patrick.

A celebration of life will be held at Wages and Son’s, in Lawrenceville, on Sunday September 27th at 3pm. We ask that anyone who would like to send flowers or plants send live ones so that his daughters can plant them in his memorial garden. Rusty was always so proud of the plants he grew and his daughters felt this was a great way to memorialize him. His daughters also ask anyone with photos of Rusty to bring a copy to add to a memory board.


Celebration of Life: September 27, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046


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  1. CandleImageI’m so sorry for your loss, and if you all need anything please let me know! Rusty would give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed help. He was a great cousin/ brother. He helped me many times throughout life and he always let you know he loved his daughters and he loved those grand babies. I will truly miss him. I love y’all!!!!

  2. My dearest and sweetest brother, Rusty. You are no longer in any pain but my heart is broken. I loved this last month that I came to your house to visit. Dianne and I had a great time with you and will cherish our memories. I hope your 3 daughters, Amber, Holly and Megan know they are loved by so many and to them I can only express my sorrow and my sympathy for the loss of their father. He loved his girls to eternity and back, just as they loved him. May the Lord lead you to peace and keep you until we all meet again.
    Love your Sister

  3. CandleImageI’ll love and miss you forever. Condolences to my nieces, their spouses, and their children. I love you all. Rusty will really be missed and I am so thankful I was able to spend time with him at my house before he passed.

  4. CandleImageMy condolences to the family, I have some fond memories of Uncle Rusty, I will never forget how he would tell me “I’m gonna pee in somebodies wheaties” he always made me laugh. I learned a lot from him and will miss him. I am sorry Amber, Holly, Megan and all your family for your loss.

  5. CandleImageThere are so many wonderful things I could said about Rusty but what stands out to me is what a wonderful caring person he was. He was always there to help anybody in need. I have known Rusty since I was 17 years old I could not even tell you how many times he helped me in times of need.He was my brother n law but mostly he was my friend.I will miss him dearly
    I have wonderful memories that I will hold dear forever.RIP Rusty will always love you and miss you.

  6. CandleImageMay his memory be eternal. Your Dad truly loved his family. I have so many good memories of Rusty I could write a book. From the time we were born we were always close. I was 5 months older than him and we grew up in the same house together for years. From mud pies to senior citizen years Rusty was always a part of my life. He had a heart of gold, he loved his children and his grandchildren more than he loved himself. I will miss him and cherish the good times we shared. Condolences to all of Rusty’s loved ones.

  7. CandleImageMr. Rusty was a caring, funny, and one of the realest people i’ve ever met. I met him when I was in elementary school and he was the maintenance man where we lived. My mom was a single mother and was always working. He always looked out for my brothers and I making sure that we were OK and didn’t need anything. He was such a sweet person. I know that he’s in heaven watching over his baby girls. We shall meet again one day. I am sending my prayers and condolences to the whole family.

  8. May God give you all His peace and comfort at this time. I know Rusty will be sorely missed. He sounds like such a wonderful man, I am so very sorry for this
    tremendous loss.

  9. CandleImagePrayers for all family ! Love you all so very much! Rusty we will miss you so much but rest with Jesus you have fought the good fight and you are home now. Till we see you again ..

  10. CandleImageRusty in one of my favorite cousins growing up, Always made ya laugh. I remember when our pipes busted and him and Billy came over dug it up and fixed it stayed till 3 am, and we had water again; Him and Billy were a team. I miss them both and wish I could’ve spent time with him before we lost him. Condolences to Amber, Holly, and Megan. I know how proud, and the great love he had for you three, you and the babies were his everything. You have a lot of family that will keep him alive with memories. God bless you and your in my prayers.

  11. CandleImageRusty was such a kind soul. He always thought of others, and would help anyone in need. We’re so sorry for your loss, and will always think of him as a man with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed.

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