Deacon Andrew Ross, Jr. was born on February 14, 1940 to the union of Andrew Lee and Alice Ross in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents and sister Anna Lee Ross preceded him in death. He went peacefully home to our Precious Lord on December 1, 2020.
Deacon Ross grew up in Kansas City on the “north end”. He met Margaret, his loving wife of 60 years at Manual High and Vocation school when she was a freshman and he was a sophomore football player. To this union God blessed them with two loving sons, Mark Ross and Michael Ross. His family was his world, for he was a very loving dedicated husband and father. He demonstrated and taught his sons to be honorable men of integrity with respect for themselves and others.
Serving God and his fellowman was extremely important to him. He joined St. Stephen Baptist Church with his family in 1947, and was ordained as Deacon in 1963 by his Pastor, Dr. John W. Williams, and served in that capacity as the oldest living Deacon until his health declined. He was Vice Chairman of the Deacon Board for many years, Vice President of the Business Men’s Club, and served as President of the Men’s Bible Class. He was an avid bible teacher and leader who loved mentoring many of the younger men, for he loved sharing his knowledge and words of wisdom with them.
His professional career working at General Motors at the Leeds plant started in 1962 on the line to security position, while constantly taking advantage of opportunities made available to him to advance and complete his General Motors Institute (GMI) education and management training, that led him to elevate to general superintendent. After retirement in 1992 in was hired as Management Consultant by GM. He later was instrumental in developing the management trainees program for placement of salaried employees who were furloughed from GM plants from around the country. He continued to teach classes that he thoroughly enjoyed until his health declined.
Deacon Ross enjoyed serving in the community and for several years participated on committees at City Hall. He also served with the sheriff and police departments for many years, and was a 33⁰ Mason for decades. Always made himself available to anyone who needed help when asked. Well known in our community, he had many contacts with lawyers, licensed certified dependable contractors, electricians, plumbers, etc. When anyone called on him for help, he knew who would be the right person to provide the help requested. He was greatly loved and highly respected by those who knew him.
Deacons Andrew Ross, Jr. leaves to cherish his memory: His loving wife, Margaret Ross, sons Mark Ross, Sr. and Michael Ross, brother Charles Lyles (Orlando, Florida), adopted daughter Francine Stevens (Louis), grandchildren, Jequia Ross, Mark Ross, Jr., Mykel Ross, Daniel Ross (Andrea), Makenzy Ross and Madasyn Ross, seven great-grandchildren, special adopted sons, nephews, and special beloved adopted daughters, cousins, and many relatives, friends and neighbors.
There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial held at a later date.
Graveside Services will be held at 12:30pm on Friday, December 11th in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
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