Bill B. RossSMSgt. Billy B. Ross Sr.

Billy B. Ross Sr., 84, of Wilmington, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning, Oct. 24, 2012 at the Hillspring Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Springboro, Ohio. He was born March 19, 1928 in Hazard, Ky., a son of the late Ballard and Ola Bowling Ross. On June 21, 1952 in Rapid City, S.D., where he was in the U.S. Air Force, he married Ruby Joyce Hall of Morehead, Ky. Billy played football in high school and was one of the first to be in the Hazard High School Hall of Fame. Billy attended Morehead State University before entering the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 30 years in various positions, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. He attended the First Church of God, Wilmington. He taught Sunday School for many years and held other positions at both the Wilmington Assembly of God and the First Church of God. He also held Bible studies at the Wilmington Nursing Home for 20 years. He loved the Lord and was a testimony until the end. He was a member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club, having served as a past president and was a Kentucky Colonel. Billy loved his Lord, served his country and loved his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by many. In addition to his wife, other surviving family members are his three daughters, Joyce (Doug) Ward of Wilmington, Debbie (Raymond) Umstead Jr. of Carmel, Ind., and Sandy (Keith) Stagge of Waynesville; a son, Billy B. (Paula) Ross Jr. of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Dr. Thurman) Henderson of Cincinnati; and two step-sisters, Brenda (Ted) Loman of Hamilton and Rhonda (Eddie) Gardner of Waynesville. In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his stepmother, Bessie Ross, and a brother, the Rev. Bobby Ross. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Wilmington Assembly of God Church, 609 W. Locust St., Wilmington, with Pastor Larry Speelman of the First Church of God and Pastor Keith Stagge officiating. Interment will follow in the Clinton County Memory Gardens near Wilmington. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s memorial honor guard will accord the military honors. Friends will be received Saturday from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. time of services at the church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God, 200 A St., Wilmington, OH 45177 or to the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter. For more information and to sign the online guest book, please visit The FISHER-EDGINGTON FUNERAL HOME in Wilmington is serving the family.