Leonard Anthony Russo



Leonard Anthony Russo, age 85 of Laurinburg passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

A Funeral Mass Service to celebrate his life will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Fr. JanVan Saxon. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery.

Leonard was born in Camden, Arkansas a son of the late Jack Russo and Rosa Ticheli Russo. He retired after many years of service as a controller with Abbott Laboratories. He served as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knight’s of Columbus where he held a devout allegiance to his faith and church. Leonard enjoyed gardening, collecting coin, antiques and classic cars. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will truly be missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Grace Long Russo of the home; daughters, Rose Marie Russo of Louisiana, Debra Russo (Larry) of Greensboro, D’Anna Russo Sawyer of Laurinburg; step-daughters, Carrie L. Clyburn (Daniel) of Bennettsville, SC, Ann Shampy, John W. Long, III, all of Laurinburg; brothers, Tony Russo (Sue) of Arkansas, Jack Russo of Florida; sister, Mona R. Deaton (Gary) of Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Devon Russo, who he raised as a son, April, Jonathan, Michael, Jason, Brian, Chase; six
step grandchildren, Eric, Forrest, Ashley, Trevor, Colton, Benjamin; three great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.

A time of visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19th, at Richard Boles Funeral Service.

The family requests that all memorial donations are to be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 800 S. Main Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352.