The Lord called Mr. Richard Bernard Ross home on May 2, 2021 after serving 84 years on the Lord's Battlefield.
Richard was born on September 8, 1936 in Winder-Barrow, Georgia to the union of the late Edward and Essie Ross. He was a member of Bethel Church of the Nazarene. He and his late wife Linda both got saved and baptized together at Bethel. Richard drove trucks for many years at Gold Kist in Winder-Barrow, Georgia before working the loading docks at Gold Kist. He retired after 38 years from Gold Kist. Once he retired, he couldn't sit still so he went back to work part time at Southern States (formerly Gold Kist) for a couple more years. Richard was a great husband, father and most of all, a good man. He didn't meet any strangers, whether we were traveling out of town or going to different places around Gainesville, he would always find someone to talk to or listen to his jokes. Of all the people he would encounter, they would always say he was a sweet person.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Essie Ross; his devoted wife, Linda J. Ross; three brothers, Robert (Minnie) Ross of Dayton, Ohio, Wade (Lillie Mae) Ross and Tommy Ross both of Winder-Barrow, Georgia; two sisters, Jacqueline (Willie) Smith and Mary Lou Ross both of Winder-Barrow, Georgia; Special sister in law, Dorothy A. Harrison
Richard's celebration of life will be remembered by two daughters, Valencia McCluster of Winder-Barrow, Georgia and Tammy (Eric Wheeler) McIntosh of Gainesville, Georgia; two sons, Stacy McIntosh and Rodney McIntosh both of Gainesville, Georgia; four grandsons, Jordan McIntosh, Trenton Guice, Kendez Lee, and LeMarion Lawrence; five granddaughters, Dominique Washington, Robin McIntosh, Jaz McIntosh, Deyonna Lee and DeAmber Lawrence; eight great-grandchildren; special nephew, James Lyles; special cousin/friend, Walter Smith; special daughter in laws, Marvita Williams and Debbie McIntosh; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
The visitation will be held at Wimberly Funeral Home between the hours of 6-8pm on Thursday May 7th. The Celebration of Life will be Friday May 8th at Alta Vista Cemetery at 1pm. Professional Service Entrusted to Wimberly Funeral Home.