Obituary for Rusty Disney, Jr.

Rusty (William) H. Disney, Jr. passed at his home on Wednesday, January 31st.

Rusty was born in Raleigh, NC and grew up in Knoxville, TN, attended the University of Tennessee where he played football, and traveled the world before settling in Aberdeen, NC. 

Rusty is fondly remembered by many as “The Jump Man” and proprietor of Disney’s Fun Shop, for his service with the Moore County Sheriff’s Department, and for spreading joy to many as “Santa”, a role in which he delighted for over 30 years. Rusty also touched many young lives working with youth at The Eckerd Foundation. 

Rusty is survived by his wife Kathy Disney, children Katrina Badlwin (Brad), Joe Disney (Adrienne) and Kim Disney (Nick), grandchildren Nakyiah Vassell (Brandon) and Jayden Cotton, brothers Ross and Scott Disney, and sisters Cindy Disney, and Julia Wrenn, and was excitedly awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild. 

The family will be receiving visitors at Bole’s Funeral Home at 425 West Pennsylvania, Southern Pines, NC, on Thursday, February 8 from 5 pm to 8 pm. 

Mass will be held on Friday, February 9, at 9:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 160 E Vermont Avenue, Southern Pines, NC.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

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