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James Russell Hartwell, Jr.

September 14, 1966 — March 29, 2024

   James Russell “Rusty” Hartwell, Jr., 57, of 133 Oliver Street, Hertford, NC, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024 in his home where he was being cared for by family.

   Rusty was born in Virginia Beach, VA on September 14, 1966 and was the son of the late James Russell, Sr. and Shirley Mae Fritz Hartwell. Among his many enjoyments in life, he loved listening to country music, eating, drinking Pepsi, the outdoors, and especially sitting on the front porch.

   Surviving is his sister, Lena Mae Hartwell Cohen (Carl) of Hertford; a niece, Bobbi Persinger (Matt); and a nephew, Christopher Steven Cohen.

   A private service will be held.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cerebral Palsy Foundation, online at

   Miller & Van Essendelft Funeral Homes, 1125 Harvey Point Road, Hertford, is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be made by visiting

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