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Rev. Russell Lee Wimmer

Winston Salem, NC

March 22, 1938 - February 10, 2024

Rev. Russell Lee Wimmer Obituary

Rev. Russell Lee Wimmer, 85, of Winston-Salem, NC passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Born in Salem, Virginia, he was the son of the late Howard Allan Wimmer and Josephine Martin Wimmer. A graduate of North Greenville College, Carson Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Russ served as a Baptist minister at churches in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia from 1965 until his retirement from Grace Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC in 2014.

Russ was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, affectionately known as “PaPa” to ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan who dearly loved his Duke Blue Devils and the New York Yankees. He was a lover of books and spent many hours a day engulfed in his Bible or his favorite book of the day – oftentimes underlining or highlighting every word on the page as a poignant passage. He was a lover of dogs, particularly his Boxers – Caesar, Duchess, Kasey and Gracie. He was a lover of people which made him an amazing pastor, mentor, counselor, and friend to the congregations he served throughout the years.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 64 years, Dorothy Hattaway Wimmer; his son, Steve Wimmer (Elizabeth) of Duluth, GA; his daughter, Kristen Wimmer Horne (Bill) of Winston-Salem, NC; his grandchildren Zachary, Alexander, Nicholas, Luke, Joshua, Jackson, Noah, Caroline, Rachel and Teddy; his great-grandchildren Jane, Henry, Simon, Oliver, Peter and Eden; his brother George Wimmer of Rock Hill, SC; his sister Sarah Wimmer Robbins (Gene) of York, SC and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Howard A. Wimmer Jr. 

A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, February 23rd at Emmanuel Church located at 407 Petree Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Russ’ name to the Forsyth Humane Society at 4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 ( or the Alzheimer’s Association at 4615 Dundas Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 (

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