Jerrald Ross

Jerrald Ross

Jerrald Lewis Ross, 70, of Poplar Branch, NC died Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  Born in Rawlins, WY, he was the son of the late Charles Lewis and Eleanor Walbye Ross and was the husband of Katherine Wiley Ross.  Mr. Ross was, according to his family and friends, the happiest man on Earth and was one who had never met a stranger.  He was a retired pastor and former Christian school educator and principal who had a love for music.  Mr. Ross had performed many times in churches, nursing homes, and throughout Currituck and beyond with his band, The Sonshine Gang.  He was an assistant soccer coach and had been an avid fisherman.

 In addition to his wife, Mr. Ross is survived by a son, J. Scott Ross and wife Cathy of Casper, WY; two daughters, Diane Ferguson of Edinburgh, Scotland and Christy Ross of Springfield, VA; three sisters, Beverly Taylor of Reno, NV, and Irma Allen and Ellen Bradley and husband Mike, all of Kingman, AZ; a brother, Charles Ross and wife Dianne of Tyler, MN; four grandchildren, Taylor Scott Ross and wife Sarah of Asheville, NC, Tanner Ross and Sydney Ross of Casper, WY and Isis Saunders of Currituck, NC; and one great-grandson, Kell Wiley Ross.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Ross and a sister, Marie Dickey.

 A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Renee Edwards and the Rev. Jim Clark officiating.  Burial will follow in Laurel Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends following the committal service at Sharon United Methodist Church.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Ross family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. n SimpsonCarolyn

    So sorry to hear about Jerry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless all of at this time.Carolyn

  2. Chris Hooper

    THANK YOU for sharing Mr. Jerry with us. He was so happy all the time.He gave me a book to read and I took his advice to read a little at a time to think about it. May GOD Bless you all as Mr. Jerry blessed us all.

  3. Anthony Carollo

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to the entire Ross Family.

    Jerry was the kindest most happy man we have had the pleasure of knowing.

    I will always have fond memories of playing music with Jerry.

    Our thoughts of Jerry will always make us smile.
    Anthony & Cheryl Carollo

  4. doris moore

    i would like to express my sincere condolences to the ross family,,,i had the pleasure working with jerry at foodlion store 1220 ,,he always had a smile on his face,,and was always polite to you..his smiling face will be missed..just lean on god to get you threw this ..i will keep the family in my prayers.

  5. The Heartland Band - Alvin, Irdell, Abby and BJ

    Prayers are with Jerry’s family. He’ll be in comfort and peace with the music of heaven. We enjoyed the times we shared with Jerry entertaining on several occasions. Jerry leaves many wonderful memories for those who knew him and enjoyed his music. God Bless.

  6. brenda hatkoff

    I am so sorry to hear about mr . Ross he was always so friendly and possitive he will truly be missed . My thoughts and prayers are with good family.

  7. Mollie Minton

    We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing, his smiling face will surely be missed, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in your time of grief.

  8. Darlene Beacham

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  9. Debra S. Williams

    Cathy and family: Just want you to know how much my mom and her friends at Sentara-Barco enjoyed the music and kind words provided by Jerry. They were always so happy when it was time for the Sunshine Gang to sing. We will remember you in prayer. No doubt you will miss him dearly but surely have great memories. Our love to each of you.

  10. Andrew Frisbie

    I will sincerely miss Mr. Ross, his words of encouragement to me after every Sunday service were always heartwarming and will be dearly missed. I will continue to pray for Mrs. Kathy and the Ross family.

  11. Gigi Scarborough Umozurike

    Sorry to hear about Isis Grandpa…You all are in my prayers…God has another Angel…He has his wings now…God Bless you all…



  13. Jackie Szymanski

    Mr. Ross was one of those whom had a contagious smile and he showed it everyday, he will truley be missed…blessings upon your family

  14. Vickie and John Cross

    Dear Cathy and family
    We feel your loss and grief. Death isn’t always an enemy,though. In Jerry’s case it was a Blessing that relased him from pain and illness.
    He will be missed by so many, but his spirit lives on in all of you.Keep the memories close and know we here are praying for God’s strength and love to be with you all. Tanner says: “Poppy is in a better place”The kids are so glad they had time with him in June.
    Again,we send love to all. John and Vickie, Tanner and Sydney

  15. Sheila Grandy

    Jerry was a special gift from God to all of us. While he will be sorely missed we can look forward with confidence to being welcomed to heaven by a handsome man with a contagious smile, joyfully strumming his guitar! The Son did shine through Jerry and the Sonshine Gang, and will always.

    With loving condolences,
    Tommy & Sheila

  16. Eugene Austin and Carole Scott

    It was a great pleasure for us to have known Jerry Ross – he was a man who always had a smile on his face and a cheerful word for everyone. We know your loss is great, but know he now rests in the arms of our Father God. We pray that God will send the Comforter to you to ease your pain.

  17. Macedonia Youth Choir

    To our friend Isis: we know you are hurting over the loss of your grandfather. please know that you are in our prayers.

  18. Pastor Bill and Susan Masciangelo

    We were out of the country and were shocked to hear the news upon our return on Sunday night. Cathy and family….we are truly sorry for your loss. We loved Jerry and he was always a joy to meet and greet everywhere we went in Currituck. We loved his love of the Lord and he was an inspiration to all who knew him. May he rest in Peace with all the faithful departed. Our deepest condolences to you all. Shalom

  19. Jerry Gibbs

    Kathy, Lori & I were shocked to hear of Jerry’s passing. Dot Owens called and sent us a copy of the obituary notice. As we read the clipping, our memories that we shared together came flooding back to us. The many churches, nursing homes, and even the radio station in Elizabeth City, and the 2nd CD we made with Jerry are special memories that we will keep for the rest of our lives.

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