Husband, Father, and local Businessman Gary W. Ross passed away on Sunday at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends.
A native of Marion, VA, Gary was born on November 5, 1947, to Wade and Retta Ross. In 1961 they relocated to Greeneville where Wade opened Ross Appliance and Furniture, a family business where Gary worked, then took over in 1999 after his father’s passing, which closed in 2011 after celebrating fifty years of serving their customers and the community. During his time with the public he enjoyed so much, Gary was known for many things: His sense of humor, his warm presence, and how much he strived to help the less fortunate. God didn’t place a man on this earth with a bigger heart.
In 1973 Gary married his wife Kathy. In 1985 they were blessed with their only child, Andy. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family & friends, camping, taking vacations together, riding his motorcycle, and his favorite passion, auto racing. Though he would say he didn’t have much of a singing voice, it was rare you wouldn’t hear him singing along whenever a song by Aretha Franklin would come on the radio, or singing loud and proud in the church at Mt. Zion UMC, where he was a member. Gary was also a member of Greeneville Masonic Lodge Number Three.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Wade, and Retta Ross.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Kathy Bible Ross; his son, who has always been a blessing, Andy Ross; Sister-in-law, Janet Johnson—who he loved as a sister—and her husband Rocky; special nephew: Jason Ricker; special great-nephew and nieces: Dylan Ricker, Hailey Penley, Mikeyala Johnson; also his Aunt, Eva Haga; special aunts: Reba Ruth and Shirley Daniels; goddaughter: Heather Ball Jones; t wo children who held a special place in his heart: Joanna James and Abraham Archer; special friends: Pam and Phil Gentry, Joe and Debbie Bianchi, Gary and Debbie Sams, Beth Dyke, and special cousin: Vickie Bible.
The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. A celebration of Gary’s life will follow at 8 o’clock in the Doughty-Stevens Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Kristen Burkhart and the Rev. Maria Grimm will officiate with Phil Gentry giving the eulogy. In accordance with Gary’s wishes his body will be cremated.
Honorary Pallbearers who were special friends will be Kenny Ray, Wayne Robertson, Wesley Browning, Terry Noland, Jerry Smith, Hugh Dugger, Harold Fortner, Marty Smith, William Barner, Trey Ricker, Beau Long, Neighbors, The Comer Cousins, Jaden Henard, and Rocky Johnson.
The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Mosca and staff, Avalon Hospice, especially Cindy and Michelle, for their support, and loving care during Gary’s last months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to any of the following: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Epilepsy Foundation or to Isaiah 117 House in Greeneville.
The family requests that to honor Gary do something nice for someone.