Gerald W. Ross Sr. of Kingston, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1933, in Cleveland, to E.L. and Mattie Belle Ross.
He graduated from Bradley Central High School, Class of 1951, and from Tennessee Technological University with a master’s degree in education, history and music.
He was certified in church music at Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He was the band director at Jellico High School from 1955-1957, where he met his wife of 64 years, Annette Adkins. They relocated to Kingston in 1957, where he was a teacher, band director and Glee Club leader until his retirement in 1985.
In 1957 he was interim music director at First Baptist Church of Kingston until 1966. He was then called to Caney Ford Baptist Church in 1966 as music director, where he served for 40-plus years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.L. and Mattie Belle Ross; and grandson, Adam William Ross.
He is survived by his wife, Annette A. Ross of Kingston; four sons: Gerald W. Ross Jr. of Kingston, Dr. Timothy A. Ross and wife, Jean, of Columbus, Ga., Boyd C. Ross (Corky) of Kingston, and Bradley W. Ross and wife, Shelia, of Kingston; grandchildren: Justin B. and wife, Mandy Ross, of Phenix City, Ala., Matthew T. and wife, Monique, of Huntsville, Ala., Colby Ross of Asheville, N.C., and Caitlyn Ross of Wise, Va.; great-grandchildren: Allie, Madison and Bradon Ross of Phoenix City, Ala., and Carter and Callia Ross of Huntsville, Ala.; brother, Ernest Ross and wife, Joyce; nephew, Doug Ross, all of Enfield, N.C.; and niece, Garrett Clark and husband, Jerry, of Charleston, S.C.
He was in the Union Lodge No. 38 of Kingston, and Shriners Kerbela Temple of Knoxville. He was a member of the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Confederacy, past member of the Babahatchie Community Band and many other clubs and organizations. He was an avid beekeeper, fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed his blueberry patch and apple orchard for many years.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be having a private graveside service at Roane Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Taylor Phelps officiating.
Kyker Funeral Home of Kingston is serving the Ross family.
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