DEACON HARRY JAMES ROSS, {84} was born in Greenville, NC on December 25. 1933 to the late Annie Ross; he was raised by grandfather Thomas Ross whom he admired and respected very highly. He departed this life on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Harry was one of seven {7} children; five {5} girls, Fannie Lee Ross, Jamie Robinson. Arlene Shelton. Sarah Daniels. Marjorie Howard and one {1} brother, Larry Ross all of whom proceeded him in death.

He was previously married to Mrs. Ella Ross who proceeded him in death as well.

He was baptized at the early age of thirteen {13} at Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Greenville, NC. In March of 1987, he became an ordained Deacon under the leadership of Reverend James T. McCray at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was a devoted Sunday School Teacher for many years and taught Bible School every Wednesday night until his health began to diminish. He also sang on Choir #3.

Deacon Ross graduated from Ella High School in 1953. In 1954, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he excelled for twenty-six {26} years retiring as Master Sergeant. He worked as an Inventory Management Supervisor. His outstanding service included the following decorations: The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2nd Device; Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 5th Device; National Defense Service with 1st Device; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and 1st Device; Republic of Vietnam; Campaign OJT Trainer/Supervisor to further include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 4th Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was the first African American ??? as an Eagle Scout Master in Greenville, NC. He was afforded the opportunity to travel the world!

While stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base he received many letters of appreciation from the Association Christmas Program for the needy. He was actively involved in his community as a football coach and as a mentor. He also retired from ABC Corporation in Myrtle Beach, SC.

His favorite pastime was FISHING, FISHING, AND MORE FISHING!

One of his personal pursuits was to obtain a college degree. In 1987, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina.

His civic organizations are as follows: Past President, Sorry County Square & Compass Club; Past Worshipful Master, Ocean View Lodge #325; Past High Priest-Harry J. Ross Chapter #54; Holy Royal Arch Mason; Past Commander-in-Chief, John O. Floyd Consistory #189; Past Potentate Kaaba Temple #89.

He leaves to mourn his loving and devoted wife of seven {7} joyous and blissfully years, Harriett B. Ross {the late Deacon Jake Abraham played cupid in the union}; four {4} daughters, Gwendolyn {Sam} Edwards of Washington, DC, Vanessa Adams of Washington, DC, Constance {Max} Gents of Columbus, GA and Sandra Ross-Cooper of Conway, SC; four {4} sons, Eugene Miller {Diana} Ross of Memphis, TN, Michael A. {Rhonda} Ross of Charlotte, NC, Norris James Ross and Morris James Ross both of Myrtle Beach, SC; three {3} stepchildren, Shelia R. Rivers of Baltimore, MD, Edwin B. Rivers of San Diego, CA and Bernard K. Rivers, Jr. of Greeley, CO. Deacon Ross was proud of his twenty-one {29} grandchildren and forty-five {54} great-grandchildren. He leaves to mourn a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. “To God Be The Glory! A GIANT OF A MAN!!!!”

Visitation will be held 6:00 ~ 8:00 PM Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, December 22, 2017 at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Graveside services with Full US Air Force Honors will be at 2:00 PM at Florence National Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Ocean View Funeral Home Myrtle Beach Chapel.



  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. Be assured that soon our Heavenly Father will give those who have fallen asleep in death the opportunity to live again (5:28,29). Rely on Him in prayer during this difficult time. We read at Psalm 147:3 He (God) heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds. May these scriptures bring comfort and calmness of heart to you at this time. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

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