Russell John Sprites

russell sprites

July 3, 1935 ~ June 21, 2010

Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Lilburn, GA

Russell John Sprites 74 of Lilburn, GA formerly of Clairton, PA passed away Mon day, June 21 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Lorrie Loretta Kovacs with whom he recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary; daughter Shari Goza, her husband, Mike, and two children, Brad and Natalie; daughter Cathy Anderson and her sons, Chad and Garett of Buford, GA; son Jeff Sprites and his wife, Leslie Thomason and their children, Taylor and Anna Kate of Dawnville, GA; son Rockey Fox of Loganville, GA. Also surviving are his mother Connie Montana Sprites of Jefferson Hill, PA brother Raymond Sprites and his wife and their family of Jefferson Hills, PA. Visitation will be held at Wages and Sons Funeral Home on Hwy. 29 in Lawrenceville, GA. On Thursday, June 24 from 6 PM – 8 PM followed by a memorial service on Friday morning at 11 AM at the same location. A memorial mass will be held on August 21 at 10:30 AM at St. Stephens the Martyr in Lilburn, GA. He will be remembered by all for being a thoughtful, generous person with a wonderful personality. We could not have asked for a more loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. No flowers please. For those who wish to make donations, please send to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's research center for children. Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel.

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  1. We’re so sorry for your loss and will be praying for the family! Love you Shari!! Love, Martha & Ernie Robbins

  2. Lorrie, Jeff, Cathy, Shari – so sorry that you all lost Russ. I have some great memories of him and you all as a family. He was a great man that could bring a smile to your face with his quick wit and homor. He could also tell you like it was! LOL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this time.

    Tim and Rebecca Glover Clark

  3. Lori, Shari, Cathy & Jeff – we are so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that your faith will lead and guide you through these days and give you peace and comfort that Russ is now resting in a much better place. I am so thankful I stopped in and was able to visit with Russ last year. I will always remember his infectious laugh and ability to put anyone at ease with his down home disposition. God bless you all!

  4. Lorrie, Shari, Jeff, Cathy, grandcherubs and Rocky–I am so sorryfor your loss..Russ was such a fighter…You know he is in a much better Place with his Maker..May God bless Y’, Peggy Trettel

  5. Hey fellow ‘burghers. I have followed some of Mr. Sprites’ travails through Peggy, and I am sorry to hear he has passed. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. It has always been somewhat ‘comforting’ to drive up Valley and see the familiar home on the right and remember growing up in Lilburn. It was families like yours that helped shape who I am, as well as many other Hanarry children. He was a good man, and will be missed. All my best, Michael

  6. I too have so many memories of Valley Drive and Mr. Sprites. I guess Russ and my Dad are setting up the volley ball court and the horse shoes on the best block in Heaven right this minute! I love them and miss them both so much! They made a great childhood for us and I think we all turned out pretty great!

  7. Yes, you certainly will be missed, Russ, but we know you were tired as you fought for so long. We have very fond memories of Valley Drive and especially the ice cream parties that introduced us to the neighborhood. Lorrie, Jeff, Sharie, Kathy and Rocky we will certainly keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love you, Phil & Gwen

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