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603 South Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: (704) 873-3611
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John Morrison

John Russell Morrison

Sunday, April 29th, 1945 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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“ Romans 14:8 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Mr. John Russell Morrison, was born in Iredell County on April 29, 1945 and was the son of the late Clinard H. and Margaret Long Morrison. His birth mother was Jennie Mae Nesbit. He departed this life on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at his residence.

He was educated in the Iredell County School system and was employed as a mail processor at the United States Postal Service, where he retired. Mr. Morrison was a volunteer for The Meals on Wheels. He also was a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church Men’s Bible Study and an assistant Sunday School teacher. John was a member of the American Morgan Post 217, the Marine Corp League and he was also a Purple Heart Recipient.
He leaves to remember and cherish the blessing of his life, his wife, Lola Whittington Morrison of the home; his daughters, Regenia Morrison-Skinner, Trevis (Jermaine) Morrison, Alisa (Michael) Urrutia Patterson, Alana Urrutia, and Paige Morrison; his stepdaughter, Meliza “Lisa” Gillespie; his brothers, Franklin (Brenda ) Nesbit, Ronald Nesbit, and James Whittington; his sisters, Bertha N. Brown and Priscilla Bonds; twelve grandchildren; great grandchildren; special friends, Chuck and Charlene Elliot, and David Brotherton; a host of other relatives, cousins, and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted on Sunday, January 9, 2020, at First Baptist Church, Statesville at 2:00 p.m. Reverend J. W. Brunson will officiate and burial will follow on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the National Cemetery (Mountain Home Cemetery), 215 Heroes Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Mr. Morrison will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times and will also assemble locally at the home of his daughters, Regenia and Trevis, on Sylvia Street.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church-Statesville
    464 Garfield Street
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  • Service

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church Statesville
    464 Garfield Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend J. W. Brunson


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Harry McClelland

Posted at 10:13pm
R.I.P. Home, The last time we were together, was at your home in Harrisburg, PA. When eight of us guys all born in Statesville shared a great time.

Jamille Urrutia

Posted at 11:25am
Our deepest condolences to the family. May god continue to comfort you with love and prayer at this unfortunate time. Love you all. Rest In Peace Uncle Russ.

The Urrutia and Babil Family.

Johnny Gaither

Posted at 09:06am
Our love and sympathy to the MORRISON family. Dawn and I will always love Uncle Scoop. Toby
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Shyla Gillespie

Posted at 11:21am
Rest Peacefully Pop Russ we love you

Granddaughters Shyla &Kennedi Gillespie

Odell and Vivian

Posted at 06:58pm
To the Family,
We were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Scoop. In high school we called him Russell. When he came back to Statesville we called him John. Whatever name you choose to call him, in my opinion, I call him blessed. He was a blessing to us every time he visited Odell, whether in the hospital or at home. He was a blessing to the Morningside Alumni Association as he brought new and interesting ideas to the group and worked them out. He was a blessing to anyone he came in contact with as he spoke boldly about his Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. I am thankful to have known him. Please know that you have our deepest sympathy.
Odell and Vivian Brawley Williams

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