Deacon James Hiawatha Ross Sr.
Funeral services for Deacon James Hiawatha Ross of Americus, Georgia will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at the St. Luke Baptist Church located at 1576 GA Hwy 45 North Americus, Georgia with Pastor Krystal Heath officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the home of Ms. Jackie Ross, 305 W. Peppermint Way Americus, Georgia
Deacon James Hiawatha Ross Sr. transitioned to his heavenly home peacefully Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home.
Deacon James Hiawatha Ross Sr. was born October 8, 1923 in Sumter County, GA to the parentage of Will and Lourannie Ross. He was the last remaining child of 11 siblings. He attended school in the Sumter County School System. At an early age he joined the St. Luke Baptist Church where he served faithfully. Deacon Ross was devoted to God and his church. He made it one of his life’s missions to serve the Lord which he did faithfully unto death.
Deacon Ross proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He received the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Philippine Independence Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. After being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to Sumter County. Deacon Ross was a truck driver for several local companies in Americus which included Roundtree and Suwannee Swifty Groceries.
Deacon Ross was married to Mary Varner Ross who preceded him in death. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father. Two children, James Ross Jr. and Mary Ross Stephens also preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his passing five children: Charlie Varner, Jackie Ross, and Linda Ross all of Americus, GA. Patty (Lee) Young of Rockwall, TX, and Sandy Colwell of McDonough, GA. Eleven grandchildren: Jeannettia Varner Hunt, Valerie Varner Williams and Charlie Varner Jr., Groton CT; Michael Ross, Americus GA; Ashley Patterson, Cleveland TN; Temple Patterson, Americus GA; Jeremy Colwell and Stephanie Colwell, McDonough GA; McKenzie Young and Tyler Young, Rockwall, TX; and Shaunie Stephens, Macon, GA. A host of devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.