John Alexander Russom

April 23, 1918February 25, 2014

John Alexander Russom, 95, of Burnsville, NC passed away on February 25, 2014. He was born in Memphis, TN on April 23, 1918 to the late William and Anna Vicory Russom. John was a WWII Veteran, serving with the US Navy as a Naval recruiter in Mobile, AL. He was employed by two different cotton firms in Memphis then began his career with Buick Motor Division from which he retired in Charlotte in 1974 after 33 years as Business Management Manager. After his retirement, John and his wife “Mike,” began square and round dancing. A few years later, he became a square dance caller and round dance cuer. He taught hundreds the joy of square and round dancing in clubs such as Swinging Saints, Mecklenburg Wildlife, Mallard Creek, Russom Rounders and Boots and Slippers. John had to step down in 1993 due to his diagnosis of throat cancer. John is predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Frances “Mike” Bell Russom; brothers, William Y. Russom, Robert Russom and James B. Russom and sister, Marguerite Russom. He is survived by his two daughters, Janice Cheryl Scott of Burnsville, NC and Vicki Kinney of Indian Trail, NC. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 11 from 6 – 8 pm at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1900 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte followed by the burial at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory of John to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 Online condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 12, 2014

John Alexander Russom

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karyn staley

April 7, 2014

i met john in 2006 when i moved in next door to him on shadyview. he was so welcoming, we talked a few times, he tried to recruit me to join the square dancing club! :) when he decided to leave the neighborhood, he gave me a couple of things, he gave me a yard cart that comes in very handy, i always think of him fondly when i use it. just wanted to let you know while i only knew john briefly, he made an impression on me, he was a very sweet and kind neighbor. my sympathy and condolences. --Karyn