Russell Comegys

Died: Sun., Jul. 23, 2017


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 26, 2017
Location: Vidalia Chapel


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 27, 2017
Location: Vidalia Chapel


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Mr. Russell “Rowdy” Comegys, age 45, of Vidalia died Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017 in Bulloch County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while traveling to Savannah with his close friend to watch a movie.

Russell was a native of Cedartown, GA and moved with his family to Vidalia in 1976.  He quickly made an impact upon the hearts of people in Vidalia as Russ was crowned Little Mr. Vidalia in 1978.  He graduated from Vidalia High School in 1991 where he was voted best looking of his class, played on the high school football team where he earned several varsity letters; and then attended Brewton Parker College where he studied Science Literature.  He then followed his dream and went to the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama with a minor in Spanish.  
In 2001 Russell attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City.

Russell was an actor who passionately followed his dream. He lived for many years in New York City, Los Angeles and also Atlanta where he was always looking for the next acting opportunity.  He was a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and was represented by The People Store Talent Agency of Atlanta.  He appeared in over 33 movies and television shows including, Rectify, The Walking Dead, Solace, The Lucky One, Necessary Roughness, Vampire Diaries, Dead Birds, The Gift, Sun Records and The Punisher.

Although he was always called “Rowdy” he had a giving soul who loved all people as he truly never met a stranger.  He had a genuine heart for people in need and homeless animals.  He recently devoted nearly two years of his life taking care of and raising two homeless dogs until he found the perfect family to adopt them in Maine.

Russell is survived by his mother, Gayle Comegys of Vidalia; his father, Alex Comegys (Vicki) of Vidalia; his sister, Robyn Comegys Parson of Vidalia; his two nieces, Kailee and Cassidy Parson, both of Richmond Hill; his girlfriend of ten years, Lauren Boyle of Los Angeles CA and his step-son Jahsua Johnson of Los Angeles CA; his uncle Maylon Lane (Oleria) of Roopville GA; his step-brother, Neil Persohn of Lakeland FL and his step-sister, Lindsay Persohn (Chris) of Lakeland FL.  He is also survived by many other relatives and numerous special friends all over the country.

Funeral Services for Mr. Russell “Rowdy” Comegys will be held Thursday July 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel with Reverend Don Moye officiating. Entombment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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bonnie bailey
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS ... THIS IS A HARD TIME FOR ALL OF YOU BUT JUST KNOW GOD RECEIVED ANOTHER ANGEL TO WATCH OVER ALL OF YOU ... MY HEART IS WITH YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS WEEK

shirley jones hayes
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Russell very well I certainly knew Robyn and wanted to let you now my prayers are with your family.

Mike, Tammie and Anthony Gibbs
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Heartbroken for all of you and praying for comfort for ya'll during this difficult time. Love ya'll.

Stephanie Montford Hattaway
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
No words can express what a great guy Russ was. Heaven gained a precious angel. For Ms. Gayle and Mr. Comegys, Robin and girls, I am so sorry. I will praying for you all.
Stephanie Montford Hattaway
Class of 1991

Danielle Nelson Swicegood
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I'm so very very sorry for the loss of your Son, your Brother, your dad, your Partner, your friend. I knew him for a brief moment in time, and he was a very special guy. Praying for you during this time of sorrow and tremendous grief.
Danielle Nelson Swicegood

Gail Parrish
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Gayle, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family.

Jo O'Conner
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Angela Morrison Davis
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this sad time!! May the Lord bring you peace and comfort as only He can!!

BillyWoods
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I had the privilege of working with Russ on a Movie called Free Bird. Russell was the star of the movie and it was was a perfect vehicle for his incredible natural talent. We would catch up at auditions and every time I saw him, it was as if I had just seen him the day before. I will miss him greatly, a loving, caring person and a true "Free Bird"

Karen Turcotte
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Precious family, my heart hurts as I realize the loss is immense and the hurt is raw. I am praying for you Robyn, girls, parents, and community. From Houston, Texas come many prayers for healing and hope for you all. I weep with you.

Ann Carter
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
My prayers are with you all. I will truly miss that happy soul. I can remember the days at VHS.

Nancee & Will Marek
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Sending our most heartfelt condolences to all who loved and knew Russ. We were big fans of his film work and enjoyed just spending time together. God bless the Comegys Family, Lauren & Josh and all who will miss him dearly.

Love & Prayers,
Nancee & Will

Barbara Lamb
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Always, Barbara (Bache) Lamb .

God Bless You!! AND Your Family & Friends. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!! Always, Barbara (Bache) Lamb & Husband Jack Lamb & Virginia Bache


Mary Woodruff
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Gayle,
Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this tragic time. What great memories we all have of Russ and of his free spirit, congeniality, and the deep bond he had with so many of his classmates. I can still see him running through the upper deck of the VHS gym trying to get to Mr. Turner's Lit class. Russ was a jewel, a trusting soul who made a deep impression on so many. May God Bless, comfort and surround you with his loving peace. Love, Mary

Becky Blount Smith
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Robyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

Brande Lewis
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Still in shock myself. My heart is heavy for the family. My love and prayers are with y'all.

Heather Riopel
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I had the pleasure of meeting, working and becoming a friend to Russell through my boss Jason Bring here in Atlanta, GA. He had such a charismatic soul, personality, you name it, and you were immediately a fan. What a wonderful guy he was and I am so sorry the world has lost him but his spirit will live on in his work. I am deeply sorry for the family and Jason who loved Russell so very much.

Jerry L. Meacham
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Alex, my family and I offer our sincere condolences, and pray that God would comfort you and your family.

B J Davis
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I am so at a loss for words. Russ will be sorely missed because he made so many friends even though his life here on earth was cut short. I pray for Gayle, Alex, and Robyn during this very difficult time. I am praying that you are able to get through this and have peace very soon🙏🏻 I love the Comegys family. We are out of town until Monday week, but I want to see you when I get back. ❤️

Sarah Fiero
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
As Kailee and Cassidy's 2nd grade teacher, I was fortunate enough to meet their Uncle Russ and witness first-hand just how much he cared for his nieces and his sister Robyn. My condolences to Cassidy and Kailee, Robyn, and the entire family.

Jewell Sikes
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Robyn, Gail and family I'm so heavy hearted for you all.Will be praying for peace and comfort during this time.I have served your family many times at the C.C. I remember what a sweet family.May GOD richly bless you all.

Nickitas Demos
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I met Russell once after the filming a movie he starred in, "A Free Bird." I also worked on that picture as the composer of the score. My prayers are with all of his friends and family during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

James and Kay Claxton
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Sending prayers for comfort and peace for your loss.

Tina Knight Manning Jones
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
May God wrap each of you in His loving arms during this time of sorrow. Prayers for each of you.

Sherri F. Cooper
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Wishing you comfort in the thought your loss is shared today by those who care far more than words can say. You are in my prayers.

Jan Dunham
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.

Stephanie Dickerson Marsh
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. I grew up with Russ he was so sweet kind and thoughtful growing up he was my brother friend but he always treated me like his little sister. He actually got me back into doing movies and modeling. He will forever be missed and love. I thank you all for sharing him with the rest of us. I love Bro and I promise to continue like you told me too. Until we meet again I love you 😘.

Philip and Ginger McRae
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
We are praying for comfort and strength for your family as you face the days ahead.

Gloria Thigpen
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
So Sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by all. May God comfort you and let him carry your load.

Toby O'Neal
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Alex, I am so sorry to hear of Russell's terrible accident. Just put your faith in the Lord and He will guide you through. You and the entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap His ever loving arms around you and give you comfort during this time.

Deborah Stewart
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Robyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. I love you.

Leahjoy
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I only knew Russel for a short time, I trained him at a restaurant in Los Angeles, a job that most people don't want to do but Russel made it so much fun. He was so appreciative and complimentary, something I needed desperately in such a thankless job. He was so kind and authentic. Even after our brief acquaintance he still was so thoughtful and would post happy birthday messages to me on facebook. I never met anyone as dynamic and humble as him. No doubt he is getting his angel wings right now. My deepest compassion to his family.

Kathy Davis
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about Russell pasting away. My condolences to the families.

Todd & JoAnne Miller, Laura Ruth & Stella Precilla
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to all who are suffering from the terrible loss of two people who will be missed beyond belief. We have never met Ross in person, but thru the many emails, texts and phone conversations, we got to know Russ, his family and we developed a wonderful friendship. We are extremly sad that we didn't get the opportunity to meet him and have him visit our wonderful dogs as we had all planned.

Jim McDaniel
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Alex, Gail, and Robin I am so sorry for your loss. I at a loss for words. I have great memories of Russ at our home. I have a lot of good memory of Russ and Jamie when we went camping and hunting. He always stopped my the house when he was passing through.The last time I saw Russ he had to give my a big hug at Captain Corners. He will be greatly missed.

Ronnie and Peggy Lambert
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
To: Gayle, Alex, and Robyn and your families

I have just heard about your loss. Ron and I are in the mountains for the summer, but I did not want the opportunity to pass without letting you know you are in our hearts and prayers. Our children grew up together (as did we) and we have always treasured our friendships. Please know Russ was such a wonderful, young man and will be missed. I would give anything to lighten your load during this time but know only God can do that. Rest in his promises. Sending our love...

Rachel Heffner
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

Today and always, may Russ's memories bring peace, love, comfort and strength. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Valerie Lynn Hanna
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Russell was a dear friend and a client of Fruition Talent and Media Inc. in New Orleans. Russell helped populate my roster with many fine talent and his selfless sunny nature was supportive and giving. I will never forget Russell's kindness to me in many ways, particularly when I was going through a serious health issue. Everyone I knew loved Russell and he brought so much goodness to the world. He will be sorely missed.

Sonja Smith Tanner
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Gayle, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. May God comfort you in the following days ahead.

Valerie Hanna
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017

Gentle Sentiment was sent by Valerie Lynn Hanna.

Russell, you will always be the shining star on this roster. I will think of you everyday as I keep your profile active and move forward with the wonderful actors you have sent me, to bring Fruition Talent and Media Inc. to fruition. Much Love Here and the Hereafter, Valerie


Dr Jackie Castleman
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Dear Gayle, Robyn, Alex & families,
There are times in life when mere words don't seem sufficient; this is one of those times. Our visit today was healing & comforting for me and I hope for you, too. My best advice would be to reach out for help when you need it. This is a time when you don't want to struggle alone. instead let those who understand what you're going through & the magnitude of your loss be your helpers. As I told you today: text or call me any time & I'll be willing to help in any way I can. You can rest in the knowledge that Russ made a mark on his world & will be remembered fondly by a multitude of people. Your strong faith in the Lord will get you through this. God bless all of you & meet your unique needs as only He can. I love you all!

Theresa Moore
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Ms. Comegys,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Over the years, I have enjoyed you tales of Russ' adventures. I will be thinking of you and sending prayers.

Debbie Lovelace Clifton
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear about Russell. It's so heartbreaking. My prayers go out to Gayle, Robyn, Alex, and to all the family, friends, and loved ones.

Bud and Gayle Corley
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Praying for you and your family during this very difficult time!

Chris and Stacy Freeman
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Praying for comfort and peace as you grieve the loss of Russ. May God guide you through the dark days and shield you with his love and grace. Ms. Comegys, Robin we are here for you today and in the days to come.

Love you both. Chris and Stacy

Tenaya Cleveland
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Sending out prayers and healing light to family and friends of Russ's. I knew him for about 5 1/2 years through the acting community, and was lucky enough to share some great conversations with him. I said this on Facebook, too: he gave great hugs, made me laugh, challenged me and most importantly, made me feel like I mattered. A light that burned bright. Condolences through this difficult time.

Kelly O'Neal
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
My condolences to Russ's family. He was truly special, and his passing is a heartbreak. I am among the very many who will miss his humor, warmth, and friendship.

Sue Rustin Grisham
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Gayle, Alex, Robyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. May you all find comfort in the many happy memories, God be with you all during this time is my prayer.

Nancy Stanley
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
My prayers have gone up for you over the last hours and will continue in the days ahead. Prayer for a peace that can only come from the pleasant and fun memories and the sense of pride in a son that lived and didn't die with the song still in him. He sang his song to the fullest.

Danny and Teresa Moncus
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob White
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Alex, I am so sorry to hear of Russell's accident. You and your family are in my prayers and may God comfort you.

Terri Kennedy
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Gayle, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you, Robyn, and your family.

Greg and Mary James
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
We were so sorry to hear about Russ. He was always so nice and respectful. He will be missed. We have all the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Cathy MacGurn
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Cathy and Bruce MacGurn.

May God's love be with you all. Lauren and Joshua, love is all around you both, forever and always. Love, Aunt Cathy and Uncle Bruce MacGurn


Susanna Bjerke
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Words can't express how sorry we are that this happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

With love from Norway,
Trond & Susanna Bjerke
(Lauren's uncle and cousin)

Barbara Hall
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Robyn and family.I am so very sorry for your loss.I know how very close you all were. I am sending prayers to you and your family.God bless you all during this sad time. I love you and sending my prayers to you. Barbara Hall

Patrice and Hugh Jordan
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
We are so very sorry. Praying for God's comfort now and in the days ahead. Much love to all of the famiy.

Brenda Williams
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Comegys family
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I pray our Loving Heavenly Father will surround you and your family with comfort, strength and mercy during this sad time. I did not know Russell personally but I think the world of Robin and Gail and I'm sure Russell was a wonderful person as well. Please except my deepest condolences.
God Bless

Brenda Williams
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Comegys family,
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Russ. I didn't know Russ personally but I'm sure he was an amazing person. I pray that our Loving Heavenly Father will surround each of you with comfort, strength and mercy during this sad time. Please except my deepest condolences.
God Bless

alison b
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Im so so sorry for your loss. I dont know what to say.- Redhead from 1809

Gregory Baker
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Robyn and girls, Gayle & Alex, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know words cannot cover the depth of the sorrow you feel, but only the Lord's Spirit can begin to help you with the healing process. Just know that you have the thoughts and prayers of so many people at this time.

Heather Dodge
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by The staff of Polk County Library Media Services..

With Heartfelt Sympathy. The staff of Polk County Library Media Services.


MIKE DIXON
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
I have not seen Russ since highschool,but his memory is everlasting..He always had a smile on his face no matter any situation.Russ legacy on life is one of love,joy ,peace ,caring and compassion.My heart goes out to all of the family and you all in my prayers.Until the day we meet again for our eternal class of 1991 reunion....

Jamie McDaniel
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
To: Alex, Gail, Robyn, and family.

It is very hard for me to come up with the words to express how heartbroken I am at this time in my life. I want all of you to know you are in the thoughts and prayers of my family. Russ was a very special person who touched all our lives. He now lives on in our hearts and souls. I will always hold dear and cherish the memories and times we shared growing up together. I have lost my one and only true best friend in life and what I consider my brother, but heaven has gained an angle and we will all meet again someday soon. I love you all. Jamie

“Have I not commanded you? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” JOSHUA 1:9

Jaime Alexander
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
My heart breaks for the entire Comegys family. Russ was an amazing man and a dear friend. As friends through college, he always made me smile and I treasure my memories with Russ. The world shines less bright without him.

BECKY GALBREATH
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY

BECKY GALBREATH
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS .WILL BE PRAYING FOR YA'LL

Libby Myers Ward
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Please accept my sympathies on your loss.

Johnny and Brenda Carroll
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
We are at a loss for words. We loved him like one of our own. Even if we didn't see him for awhile, when we did, it was just like he hadn't been away at all. We will miss his precious smile, laughter and his genuine heart.
We pray for God's peace that surpasses our understanding and comfort now and in the coming days. God has all of you in His arms and an angel watching over you.

Lynn Caraway
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Robyn,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You can't even say his name without smiling. We should all live our lives and free spirited and as full of life as he did! My God give you and your family comfort, love and support during this time and the days ahead.

Mozelle Cole
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Dear Comegys Family - I am so very sorry for your loss. I only saw Russ on stage once at my husbands theatre, "The Renaissance Project" in a show by Neil Simon, "Rumors" but I never forgot it. Michael and I have talked about him many times since then. He had a fabulous since of timing and powerful personality on stage. He will be greatly missed.

Mozelle Cole

Philippa Drewer
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by Scott, Phil, .

It’s hard to truly believe that Russ is gone. The world isn’t the same without his kindness, smiles, and charm. He brought joy, laughter, and love to the Serrano house. We will never forget him. With deepest sympathy to Lauren, Josh, and the Comegys family. Much love, Scott Clay, Laura Creecy, and Philippa Drewer


Greg & Karen Claxton
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
So sorry for your loss! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Dupree Lewis Jr
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
To the Comegys Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Russ was truly one of the coolest and most talented guys I have ever known. I just wanted to express my deepest condolences to your entire family. I pray that God grants you peace and gives you strength to make it through this most difficult time.

Brandy Adams Smith
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
I am so sorry for the lose of Russ. He was a gem and loved by many! I have a lot of memories of him through the years. It wasn't long ago that we hugged and talked when I was in Vidalia visiting. Prayers for his family! 🙏🏻

Betty and Ralph Garrett
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
I remember Russ when he was in high school , he spent a lot of time at our home, he and our daughter Crystal was good friends. He was a fine young man. My heart goes out to his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Betty and Ralph Garrett
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
I remember Russ when he was in high school , he spent a lot of time at our home, he and our daughter Crystal was good friends. He was a fine young man. My heart goes out to his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Leslie Wolfinger Rowland
   Posted Sat July 29, 2017
Ms. Gayle, Mr. Alec, and Robyn, my heart is broken for you all! I will always appreciate the times you allowed me in your home and the memories Russ and I shared growing up. I'm so glad I got to see him in January after a thirty year break. I hope the outpouring of love
And the impact he's had on others will help you through. Our family will keep you in our prayers!

Erinaldo
   Posted Mon March 04, 2019
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