Successful Columbus businessman, former Auburn football player Russ Carreker dies at 57

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Russ Carreker, a successful Columbus businessman, civic leader and former Auburn University football player, died Tuesday.

He was 57 years old. The funeral will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian. Visit to follow.

Carreker passed away after a long battle with cancer. Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson announced the news of Carreker’s death during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Carreker was president of C3 Property Investments, LLC. In 1998 he started a successful business, Starrett-Bytewise Measurement Systems, which he sold in 2014.

He also worked as a vice president at Columbus Bank & Trust Co.

At the time of his death, he was serving on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board, a position to which he was elected by members of the General Assembly last year. He also served for several years on the Columbus Development Authority, a city council.

Originally from America, Georgia, Carreker is a graduate of Southland Academy. Boy Scout, Carreker attained Eagle Scout status.

He played for coach Pat Dye at Auburn from 1983 to 1986. He was a linebacker who worked his way into a starting position in the 1985 season. He was a starter in the 1986 season when the Tigers went 10-2.

He was a volunteer football coach at Brookstone.

Carreker is survived by his wife, Patti; daughter, Avery; parents Doug and Joyce Carreker; sisters Vicki Jones and Susan Daugherty; and several nieces and nephews.

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