Russell “Russ” Carreker, 57, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January
A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM Thursday, January 27, 2022 at
Grace Presbyterian Church with Rev. Chuck Hasty officiating. The family
will receive friends following the service.
Russ was born September 4, 1964 in Warner Robins, GA, to Douglas
Walker Carreker and Joyce Story Carreker. As a child, Russ was a Boy Scout
and attained Eagle Scout status. He graduated from Southland Academy in
Americus, GA and went on to attend Auburn University where he played
football as a linebacker for Coach Pat Dye from 1983 to 1986. Russ was
very involved within his local community, and played vital roles in making
Columbus a better city. He was a community coach at Brookstone, where he
saw it as an opportunity to help young men pave the way for their future.
He was president elect for the Boys and Girls Club, served on the FCA
Board, and served on the Board of Columbus State University. He also
served as the chairman of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn
Football Lettermen’s Club. He played a vital role in bringing Mercer
University School of Medicine to Columbus. Russ was also very instrumental
in creating Startup Columbus. He was the president of C3 Property
Investments, LLC. In 1998, he joined Starrett-Bytewise Measurement
Systems. He also worked as a vice president at Columbus Bank & Trust Co.
At the time of his passing he served on the Georgia Department of
Transportation Board, a position he was elected to by members of the
General Assembly last year. He also served a number of years on the
Development Authority of Columbus.
Russ was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, spending time on Lake
Martin, and playing golf with his friends.
Above all, Russ was a loving husband and father to his wife, Patti, and
his daughter Avery.
Survivors include his wife, Patti Carreker of Columbus, GA; daughter,
Avery Carreker of Columbus, GA; parents, Doug and Joyce Carreker of
Americus, GA; sisters, Vicki Carreker Jones (Jeff) of Perry, GA, Susan
Carreker Daughtry (Bob) of Kathleen, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.