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Christopher Russell Sliker

Christopher Russell Sliker
  • October 12, 1993 - January 22, 2018
  • John's Island, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105
  • Gifts to MUSC will be designated to support the head and neck cancer program.
  • MUSC Foundation/Hollings Cancer Center
    18 Bee Street
    MSC450
    Charleston, SC 29425

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“Russ was a man rivaled only by the likes of his father Joe and my own late father. Melody- Joe- it is nearly April and I still cannot explain how...Read More »
1 of 70 | Posted by: Madison Hutto - Charleston, SC

“Swails and Sliker,,,a hundred years ago you gave me and my partner, Greg Huff, and the whole of Charleston, a shot at men's fashion, and that's how...Read More »
2 of 70 | Posted by: Kimm McCALL - North Charleston, SC

“I am in ABSOLUTE shock and so very sorry for your loss!!! I worked with Russell at the OH downtown and thought he was the sweetest. That smile and...Read More »
3 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Melody and Joe, I am so saddened to hear of your loss of your sweet, loving wonderful son. My heart breaks for you. I am keeping you in my thoughts...Read More »
4 of 70 | Posted by: Jackie Nettles - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Melody and Joe,I just learned the news of Russell's death. My heart aches for you both and your entire family. I remember Russell in kindergarten and...Read More »
5 of 70 | Posted by: Karen Wager - Charleston, SC

“Sorry for your loss, I am glad to have had Russell as a friend at CofC. We weren't the closest, but both sharing Lebanese heritage we clicked right...Read More »
6 of 70 | Posted by: Koy Matta - Charleston, SC

“Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
7 of 70 | Posted by: Bobbie Ball - Charleston, SC

“Joe and familyI am so sorry for your loss. When Ollie and I lost our Millicent at 22 our World was turned upside down. He was such a handsome young...Read More »
8 of 70 | Posted by: Denise Bradsher - Tryon, NC

“Melody I am so sorry for your loss. My God's love be with you and your family.Dona Kuchenbrod ”
9 of 70 | Posted by: Dona Kuchenbrod - Goose Creek, SC

“I am very sorry for your loss. I feel your pain and my prayers are with you. ”
10 of 70 | Posted by: Michael Wright - Awendaw, SC

“Joe & Melody, It broke my heart to hear of your loss and I know the pain of losing your son will never ease. I lost Tony this last year so I'm well...Read More »
11 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful son...he sounds like an extraordinary young man who touched so many lives. May your happiest and...Read More »
12 of 70 | Posted by: Kathy Chakides Gaffos - SC

“I'm so deeply saddened to hear of Russell's passing. I remember him well when he played tennis with Baines. I unfortunately know the pain you are...Read More »
13 of 70 | Posted by: Gina Lathbury - Amelia Island, FL

“Joe, Melody, Ansley, Georgia, and AJ,I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 70 | Posted by: Jennifer (Lonczak) Sowers - SC

“Oh Melody. I'm saddened to hear you have lost your son. I have no words that can ease your heartbreak. When we bring them into the world, losing...Read More »
15 of 70 | Posted by: Maureen Johnston - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I lost my daughter at the age of 22 and I can sympathize with what you are going through. You...Read More »
16 of 70 | Posted by: Ollie Bradsher - Charlestom, SC

“Melody and Joe,Stan and I are just heartbroken for you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you and your family navigate this...Read More »
17 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Wilson LaRoche - SC

“An energetic, sweet smile and a loving heart Russell was a special child whom we loved like our own! There are no words - - but know our hearts are...Read More »
18 of 70 | Posted by: Gregg & Sherry Tucker - SC

“Our hearts go out to you and your family Melody ”
19 of 70 | Posted by: Bridgett and Billy Lewis - SC

“I've yet to meet anyone with as much charisma and positive energy as Russell. I'm sure going to miss his infectious laugh and big bear hugs. An...Read More »
20 of 70 | Posted by: Nicole U

“The world will miss you my dear friend! I promise I will look you up when the universe shifts me. Until then you will stay in many lives u touched....Read More »
21 of 70 | Posted by: Marie - Charleston, SC

“I am so terribly sorry to hear about your son, Russell. May the wonderful memories you shared help you through this sad time. My thoughts are with...Read More »
22 of 70 | Posted by: Susu Baldwin - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Thinking of you and remembering Russell's exuberance and quick smile. I cherish my memories of him.I wish you the comfort of memory and the support...Read More »
23 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Melody, I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
24 of 70 | Posted by: Laurann Wespy - Charleston, SC

“I don't know you but was moved by Russell's obituary to write and send my heartfelt condolences. He sounds like a wonderful person. I am so sorry...Read More »
25 of 70 | Posted by: A sympathetic stranger

“Melody, may it comfort you to know that thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of the heartbreaking loss of your...Read More »
26 of 70 | Posted by: Nancy Kennedy Huett - SC - Friend

“Prayers for the Sliker family ”
27 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Joe & Mrs Melody,I like everyone else, is shocked, no words, just deep heartfelt prayers of comfort and armies of angels that protect you however...Read More »
28 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“It is amazing how a dear loved onecan come in and out of lives soquickly and yet leave wonderfulmemories in hearts forever. May warm love, special...Read More »
29 of 70 | Posted by: bj

“Mr. Joe and Mrs. Melody, I am so very truly sorry. My heart breaks for you and your family. My prayers are with you all. I have so many amazing...Read More »
30 of 70 | Posted by: Megan LaTorre - Charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear about your son,s death. It is so difficult to loose a child. I will be keeping you in my prayers that God grant you comfort to know...Read More »
31 of 70 | Posted by: Carolyn Flood - Orangeburg, SC

“Our deepest sympathy and condolences to your entire family. ”
32 of 70 | Posted by: Christine & Charlie Sanders - SC

“Melody and Joe, it is people like you that bring us lifelong friendships and love. There are simply no words...just feelings. Our family shares in...Read More »
33 of 70 | Posted by: Joyce and Kelly Drose - SC

“Melody I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your son. A friend called me this morning and shared this sad news. I will be keeping you and...Read More »
34 of 70 | Posted by: David Oswald - Orangeburg, SC


35 of 70 | Posted by: Skipper Griffith - Johns Island, SC

“Joe, We were so sorry to hear about Russel's passing. We just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God is surely walking with you...Read More »
36 of 70 | Posted by: Marty Spring - Charleston, SC

“Melody and Joe, was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of your son Russell. What a nice looking young man. I had never met him but know that...Read More »
37 of 70 | Posted by: Leslie Hennigar - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Joe and Melody, I am so sorry to hear about Russell. My heart hurts for you both. May God's peace surround you and your family at this time of...Read More »
38 of 70 | Posted by: Debbie Smith aka (Moseley) - SC

“Melody and Joe, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Millie and David Wallace ”
39 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“Joe and Mel,Mom and I have no words to express the pain we both feel for you and this unbelievable loss. We send our deepest sympathy and pray for...Read More »
40 of 70 | Posted by: Betty and Susi Beatty

“Joe, Melody, and family, Words can't express how heartbroken we are that this has happened. God has a plan for all of us, but no parents and...Read More »
41 of 70 | Posted by: Scott Floyd - Brownstown, MI

“Joe and Melody, I don't know what else to say but that I am very sorry and am sending you good vibes.Hog ”
42 of 70 | Posted by: Hog Graham - McClellanvillek

“Melody, Joe, and A.J. - Peter and I both remember vividly the day that Russell was born and when he arrived at your home on Smith Street. Russell...Read More »
43 of 70 | Posted by: A friend

“I was completely heartbroken to find out about Russell. He and Adam went to school together since elementary, middle, AMHS, and CofC before Adam...Read More »
44 of 70 | Posted by: Debbie and Adam Collins - SC

“Dear Melody,We were so sorry to hear of your dear son's passing. Even though our paths have not crossed in years, you and your family are in our...Read More »
45 of 70 | Posted by: Pam and Louis Tisdale - SC

“Melody, I am so sorry to hear of Russell's passing. My constant thoughts, prayers, and love are with you and your family at this difficult time. ”
46 of 70 | Posted by: Tranny Gartside - Charleston, SC

“Joe and Melody.....I was so saddened to hear of this tragedy; my heart goes out to you both ”
47 of 70 | Posted by: Robt Moseley - Georgetown, SC

“Joe and Melody, my deepest sympathies on the passing of your son. May your grief and pain be replaced over time by fond memories and a remembrance...Read More »
48 of 70 | Posted by: Gerald Hood - North Charleston, SC

“Melody I don't know if you will even remember me but we worked together many years ago when you were the Orthopedic Itinerent teacher and I was the...Read More »
49 of 70 | Posted by: Randi Neideffer - Summerville, SC

“Melody and Joe, we are heartbroken for you and for the tragic loss of Russell ”
50 of 70 | Posted by: Rick and Cheryl Paul - SC

“Thinking of your family during this sad time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you gentle hugs. Love, prayers, and hugs reaching...Read More »
51 of 70 | Posted by: Dierdre Poole - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Condolences and prayers go to the loved ones of Russell. Russell was in many of our fond memories growing up through our middle and high school....Read More »
52 of 70 | Posted by: Carly Roberts and Tamara Walters

“To Melody, Joe and AJ...I cannot possibly say anything to take away your grief. I can only say that you all are in the prayers of The Taylor family...Read More »
53 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Ann Taylor - Charleston, SC

“Joe, Melody,We are so sorry and saddened to hear about Russell. He was always a sweet young man. We cherish the days and fond memories when all of...Read More »
54 of 70 | Posted by: Dennis Pendergist - James Island, SC

“There are no words to ease the pain. I can only pray for all who will continue on without his precious existence. He was God's gift and has now...Read More »
55 of 70 | Posted by: Kelly Drose - Charleston, SC

“Lifting you in prayer and asking that God's strength will be yours. My heart is breaking. Carol Green ”
56 of 70 | Posted by: Carol Green - CHARLESTON, SC

“Melody & Joe... so sorry. My heart breaks. I have such wonderful memories of he with my Austin. I have some great pictures of them in their years...Read More »
57 of 70 | Posted by: Katherine Martin (Carney) - SC

“My heart, thoughts and prayers to your family. So sorry for your loss.Julie Balliet ”
58 of 70 | Posted by: julie balliet - charleston, SC

“Love to you Melody and family! Nic and I are sorry for your loss. He was one in a million. Love Bambi and Nic Butler ”
59 of 70 | Posted by: Bambi Butler - Hollywood, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God wrap you in his loving arms, hold you tight and take away your pain. ”
60 of 70 | Posted by: Tori and Greg Deaton - Charleston, SC

“My Prayers and Heart goes out to Both...I can not even imagine the thought of loosing such a Young Soul so early in life....You Both have always been...Read More »
61 of 70 | Posted by: Curtis Mitchell - Charleston, SC

“Our hearts, love and prayers go out to both of you. We pray for God's peace and comfort during this time ”
62 of 70 | Posted by: Dona Ducker - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your untimely loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we hope that our love and the love...Read More »
63 of 70 | Posted by: Jim Griffin - Alexandria, VA

“Sorry to hear this news. May God bless and keep him. Larry Locklair. ”
64 of 70 | Posted by: Larry Locklair

“Joe, Melanie, Our sincere condolences to you and the family for the loss of dear Russell. We are so saddened to learn of his sudden passing. We pray...Read More »
65 of 70 | Posted by: Timmy Drose - Charleston, SC

“We are so sadden to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Patty,Jim,James and Lauren Hayes ”
66 of 70 | Posted by: Patty Hayes - Ravenel, SC

“So saddened and sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you at this most challenging time.Scott and Debra on Starfish ”
67 of 70 | Posted by: Scott and Debra Siler - SC

“I'm so shocked to read about Russell and sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
68 of 70 | Posted by: Janet Rose - Isle of Palms, SC

“Russell was my son Ryan's best friend and we will miss him greatly. He was like a younger brother to my son and was always a loyal friend. I will...Read More »
69 of 70 | Posted by: Anne Millar -Williams - SC

“Id like to send my condolences to the family, russell meant a lot to many people and will surely be missed. I'll always remember the days of middle...Read More »
70 of 70 | Posted by: Dezmon B - Chas, SC - Friend


Christopher Russell Sliker, known to friends and family as "Russell," passed away due to complications from a respiratory virus on January 22, 2018, at the age of twenty-four. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 3:00 p.m. Interment, Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the Mount Pleasant Chapel on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

A Charleston native, Russell was born on October 12, 1993 to Joseph Russell Sliker and Melody Union Sliker of Johns Island, SC, the younger brother to Austin Joseph Sliker and sisters, Ansley Marie Sliker and Georgia Rhett Sliker. He is survived by his parents and siblings as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a nephew.

From an early age, Russell was energetic, quick to laugh, and had an irresistible smile. Russell cherished time spent with people he loved and often brought friends home to share fresh caught meals of crab and shrimp cooked by "Papa Joe" and "Big Mama Sliker".

He was proud of his parents and inherited his love of all things sports and outdoors from many quiet moments with his father, talking out on the dock or sitting next to him in his favorite chair. His gentle nature and strong faith were nurtured by his mother, who he referred to as his "living angel".

Russell grew into a charming and loving man, a beloved local socialite, wacky cousin, and proud son. Quick-witted and gregarious, Russell was easily lovable and quick to accept a new friend. Russell treasured the friends he made during his time at the College of Charleston, where he studied for a degree in Business. Russell was athletic, spunky, and his charisma was intoxicating. He had compassion and empathy towards others and would often help promote causes and movements through social media.

Our memories of Russell have him always smiling and insisting on a genuine goodbye hug. We will miss his bright presence but the laughter and kindness he shared in his short life will be forever in the memories of all who had the good fortune of being loved by him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Ronald McDonald House, 81 Gadsden Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or the MUSC Foundation/Hollings Cancer Center, 18 Bee Street, MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425. Gifts to MUSC will be designated to support the head and neck cancer program.