November 14, 1956 – December 27, 2019
Russell “Russ” Joseph Cleaton, 63, passed away on Friday, the 27th of December 2019, surrounded by his loved ones.
Russ, as he was affectionately known, was born on the 14th of November 1956 in Richmond, VA, to the late William Jackson Cleaton Jr. and Ruth O. Cleaton. He proudly served our country from 1974 to 1979 in the United States Navy. Years later, Russ opened The Swedish Garage located in Charlotte, NC in 1997, he spent many years maintaining Saabs across the Charlotte area. He met so many people and considered many of his customers as his closest friends.
Russ was known by many names: to Kathy, his wife, he was known as “Doll Baby”, to his children he was called “Dad”, and his grandchildren would refer to him as “Tu Pop”. He had a smile that was fun, loving, joyful and contagious. To know him was to love him. Russ loved his boats but loved his boating friends more.
Russ is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; his daughter, Jennifer Dockery (Jonathan Dockery); his son, Jamie Cleaton (Shannon Cleaton); his two grandchildren: Stella Cleaton and David Dockery; his brother, Jack Cleaton (James Hayes); sisters: Janice Cromar (Charlie Cromar), Maya Johnson (David Johnson) and Roxanne Sexauer (David Joseph) and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Roland D. Sexauer.
The Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, the 4th of January 2020 in The Historic Morehead St. Chapel of Ellington Funeral Service. The visitation will immediately follow the service at Ellington.
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