William Ross Sr


Elder William Ross Sr., age 83, beloved Husband, Father, and Brother, was called to his eternal resting place on July 31, 2017. He entered this world on October 26, 1933 in Jeddo, OH, born to Leonard and Mattie Ross.

He attended Steubenville City Schools, and was a 1952 graduate of Steubenville Big Red, where he was a legend in the sport of basketball. He attended Oregon State College, and then served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by Ohio Edison for 25 years where he retired in 1992. He married the love of his life, Loralei Herndon in 1957. To this union was born 4 children.

He was ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and served as Pastor for New Hope Fellowship in Steubenville, Ohio. After his retirement from New Hope he relocated to Columbus Ohio and became an associate minister at Grace Apostolic Church where Bishop James W. Gaiters is Pastor.

He was an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with his sons. Anyone that knew him loved him and his infectious smile, as he was a loving father-figure to many.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 yrs, Loralei Ross; sons, William “Billy” Ross Jr, Keith (Leonette) Murray, John (Sharon) Ross, and Michael (Joyette) Ross; daughters, Terra (William) Ross-Manns and Maude Bougard, extended sons, Brian (Kim) Porter and LT (Valerie) Battle; brother, James (Darlene) Ross; sister, Alice Gilbert; 26 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 6 foster children, numerous extended children, grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation 11:00am, Funeral 12:00pm Wednesday August 9, 2017 at Grace Apostolic Church, 1743 E Lakeview Ave, with Bishop James W. Gaiters officiating.

Condolence Messages

  1. Evangelist Pettis

    To the Ross family: You have my sincere condolences and prayers. Elder Ross will be missed, but he’s in the presence of the Lord. We love you and always remember, “Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal.” Lean on Jesus, and He will carry you through.

  2. Pop Ross words cannot express how much you are missed and Loved.

  3. Pop Ross words cannot express how much you are missed and Loved.

  4. Brenda Goodman

    My sincere condolences to the family. I’m lost for words. Elder Ross will definitely be missed. My fondest memories of him is when he would meet me at the church and pray with me ALL the time . I shall NEVER forget. I hold them very close to my heart. Praying for you all that God will comfort you in your time of sorrow ❤️

  5. Lee,Billy, Michael, Two Two and Terra… You have my deepest sympathy and love with prayers. I am so so sorry. I always loved Bill. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Love you all! ❤️

  6. Myra Clark-Foster

    Thinking of you, Terra, and your entire family. I remember how deeply your father is loved and respected. You have been a wonderful daughter. You earned your rest, Mr. Ross, in that most special of all places that we all yearn for in our Lord’s presence.

  7. My condolences to the Ross family. Bill was a good man and a marvelous basketball player.

  8. So sorry for your loss, Terra. You and your family are in my thoughts

  9. I know Mr. & Mrs. Ross and their sons from our small Steubenville music community. The Ross’s would bring Michael, John and Billy to my house to rehearsal every week. We actually did some performances with success. It was a job chasing those boys around making sure they were they were supposed to be. The dedication of Mr. & Mrs. Ross was incredible to witness. My how time flys! We will always remember the good times. My deepest condolences to the entire Ross family. Hold to Gods unchanging hand.

  10. Michelle Bigsby

    My condolences go out to all of The Ross Family. May God grant you peace and strength. Keeping you all in prayer and sending you lots of love.

  11. Jamie Saunders ,Malaysia Saunders, Lucy Saunders &Family

    Condolences to the Family Pastor Ross was a loving kind man of god I enjoy spending time with him. &First Lady Sister Ross they both gave me a lot Spiritual Guidance Pastor Ross was easy to talk to if you had any kind of problem he would listen without judgment he was the kind of pastor my granddaughter I like and appreciate to call are Pastor we are going to miss him Dearly God has Definitely gained another angel To Sister Ross we love you Malaysia and I May God comfort you hold you close as you walk through this dark journey with Peace and Healing Love Sister Ross . RWG Pastor Ross Love you and Going to Miss you ❤❤


    May God grant the Ross Family the peace that passes all understanding along with the blanket of His love covering you all

  13. Sending my condolences to the family of William Ross.

  14. I’m very sorry to hear this Mike. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Be well Mike!

  15. Valerie K Dorsey

    So sorry to hear the the passing of William Ross I have known him all of my life he will be missed R.I.P V

  16. Lorraine Fields Hopkins Wilson

    To our life long childhood friend from Steubenville Ohio. We the Fields-Hopkins-Wilson Families send our continued Love and Condolences to the Ross Family. We accept the will of our Lord and Savior
    He will give you the Love and Peace you need in the loss of your Loved Elder William Ross. We send all of you our Love and Condolences The Lord has all Healing Powers our friend is resting in the Arms of our Lord and Savior the Lord said to him your Job was well done. You are Home.

  17. Sharon Jackson

    Throughout these difficult period of times, I would like to extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to the legacy of my beloved uncle, William Ross, Sr. There are no words to express such loss.

    I pray that God grants the family strength, peace and comfort now and in the days ahead. May the family bond of love and unity he instilled within us be carried on forever.

    I am honored and blessed to have known uncle William. Despite the loss of his physical presence, I know he is watching over us as our lives continue. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

    May God give him eternal rest. I love you


  18. Cynthia Johnson

    To the Ross Family:
    May our Lord God of all comfort strengthen and keep you at this time. Continue to look to heaven, sending condolences from Cynthia Johnson and family, God bless and keep you all.

  19. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family which is mine too. Love you all.

  20. I know you are rejoicing with the Lord right now but I miss you Daddy!! You will forever be in my heart and forever my Hero and my first love! I love & miss you so much!!! Love your Puddin’

  21. Praying for the family. May the Lord’s peace rest with you all.

  22. Sharlene (pwe) mitchell

    To the Ross Family! Words could not express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I’m praying for your family that God gives you strength, peace & comfort while you are going through this rough time. Your dad was a wonderful person inside & out. Gone but always loved & remembered

  23. Loria Bohanna-Moore

    To the family of Papa 101. Word are inadequate to express my gratitude of how I feel about your loving husband and father. I’ll always be grateful for how you made me and my daughters feel like we were a part of your family. My heart sorrows, but not as those without a hope . Take your sweet rest Papa 101, we’ll see you in that great gettin up morning!!!

  24. Kenneth Gillison

    To my best friend Micheal I know personally how much you loved your Dad! I know you have lost a friend and a father I want you to know I will be there for you homie! Love you and yours. May God Bless you and your family!

  25. You are my Dad, the grandfather of my babies. You have no idea how much I love and appreciate you. I wish I had said it more, but thank you Dad! You will be missed! Mom, sibs, I love you guys! God’s got you!

  26. Alfred ( Jake ) Mayo

    My Condolences too my Sister Loralei Ros & Ross Families, Sadden at the Passing of my Brother & Friend, Elder William Ross Sr. . Earth has no Sorrows that Heaven Cannot Heal. “He’s at Peace & Rest. Rest I n Peace my Brother. Your Race has been Run. You & Families are in My Prayers.
    Jake Mayo

  27. Andrea Y. Massengile

    Please accept my most sincere sympathies for the loss of your loved one. May the prayers of all people who love you bring solace to your soul.

    Many blessings,
    Andrea Y. Massengile

  28. Kay (Katherine) Kisle Haines

    My sincere condolences to the Ross Family. I attended Steubenville Big Red High School with Bill and attended most of the basket ball games in which he played, as he himself was such an outstanding player. I even went to the finals in Columbus in 1952, but did miss the last game as I had to go back to work at a part-time job. I know Bill played his heart out in every game and I doubt that anyone else could have matched his natural athletic abilities. Bill and his wife attended one of the many 1952 class reunions and I did at least get to talk to him briefly, and he expressed how happy he was with the life he had chosen. It is heart-warming to learn of all the good he has accomplished in his life, and his special ability to comfort and lead so many others in his life. I am certain every single person in the family and circle of friends have many wonderful memories of Bill that will comfort you in the days ahead, as well as knowing he is now with our Lord.
    Kay (Katherine) Lisle Haines
    Powell, OH

  29. Eleanor Archie

    You have my condolences. He was a very kind man. He will be missed. I love you all.

  30. Martha Edwards

    Dear Sister Ross and family as I think about Elder Ross I think of reunion. The greatest reunion of all awaits us.life has its ups and downs but we have a hope of seeing Jesus but also to be reunited with our loved ones.let us continue to walk on because soon we will have a beautiful day of a glad glad celebration I love you keeping you in my thoughts and prayers from Sister Martha Edwards

  31. To Mom Ross & the Ross family:

    My sincere condolences to you during your time of mourning. Elder Ross will be greatly missed. I will be praying for your peace & comfort. Much love to you all.

  32. Deacon Valentino Jackson

    Tho Deacon Keith Murray and Family:
    We are sadden that we cannot join you in this time of your loss. Please know that our heart-felt prayers are with and for you. Your Dad was a good man, as you know, and a joy to all of us who knew him. Peace and Comfort be with you and we Pray for your safe lane of travel home. WE LOVE YOU
    And Your Fellow Deacons

  33. My condolences to the Ross family R.I.P.

  34. Rita Bougard - Fultz

    To the Ross Family and Maudie Bougard, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Patriarch. May God bless you in your time of sorry. Rita Bougard-Fultz

  35. Love you Grandad!

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