John Allison Jr.

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John Carroll

Allison Jr.

Black Mountain - John Carroll Allison Jr., 63, of Black Mountain, died early on the morning of Thursday, October 3. He was born to John Carroll Allison Sr. (deceased) and Lucille Allison Kerns (deceased) on October 15, 1949. He graduated from Owen High School in 1967 and subsequently received his BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973.

John was an eminent storyteller, known for his humor and wit. Very often his most beloved stories stemmed from his lifelong, adventurous pursuits. During his youth, John was a contributing writer to Mountain Living Magazine. He played bass in notable local bands: the bluegrass band The Buzzard Brothers, the jazz ensemble Noh Band, and local favorite cover band The Dogs of Pompeii. John was the owner and tender of Black Mountain's original watering hole: Wonks Dymaxion Bar. He was a long-time lover of boating, travel and gardening as well.

One of John's greatest joys in life was riding motocross; for a time he was a licensed professional racer in the AMA. His love of motorcycles and riding lead to a long and happy career in sales with LeMans Corporation, where he was known affectionately as "The Dr." John felt blessed to work in a field he loved so dearly and found to be so much fun.

John is survived by his wife and best friend, Sharon Suttles Allison, whom he married in 1980. Their

loving and devoted relationship spanned 39 years and produced two daughters, both of whom survive

John. Lauren Allison Dodgin (Adam) and their two children, Kalila and Jack, adored their " PeePoo."

Darby Margaret Allison is proudly pursuing a degree similar to her father's. John's sister, Sharon Berg lives in Yorktown, Va. He is also survived by a large extended family. Lastly, he is survived by a vast and profound network of friends known collectively as the White House (the Foundation for Social Research.)

John's wonderful life will be celebrated on October 5th. at 5:00 pm. The service will be held at Black Mountain First Baptist Church which is located at 130 Montreat Rd. The family will meet friends after the service at the Wild Hare in Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers John would have loved donations to be given to Black Mountain First Baptist Church at PO Box 656 in Black Mountain.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 4, 2013
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