Russell Pittman Condra, Jr.

by Lynn McMillen
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  F.7.10.24 Russell Condra.jpgRussell Pittman Condra, Jr., 98, of Sheffield, Alabama, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2024. A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12, at 1:00 p.m. at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens with Doug Murphy, Jr. officiating.

Russell was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth “Lib” Condra, and his son, Steve Condra (Cathy). He is survived by his two daughters, Becky Murphy (Doug) and Mollie Condra; his three grandchildren, Dee Murphy (Leslie), David Murphy (Tara), and Ashley Moore (Benjamin); his four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; along with his sister, Marilyn Spurgeon, and his brother, Carl Condra.

Russell grew up in Tuscumbia and, upon adulthood, moved to Sheffield where he lived the remainder of his life. In WWII, he served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant in the 3190th Engineers Service Battalion. He earned a Purple Heart award for his brave service in the Pacific Ocean theatre of the war.

Following his honorable discharge from military service, Russell began his career in management at Liberty Supermarket in Florence. In the early 1970s, he and his wife, Lib, became entrepreneurs by opening and running “Russell’s Meats,” which proudly served the Shoals area for nearly three decades. Russell was a member of the Cox Blvd. Church of Christ.

The family of Russell Condra wishes to thank Jeff and Lisa Elledge and their family for their friendship, kindness, and loving assistance provided to Russell. The family also extends their sincere gratitude to the staff at Keestone Senior Community in Florence, who provided outstanding care to Russell in the last season of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in honor of Russell P. Condra, Jr. to The National WWII Museum at 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 or online at

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