Joe C Ross, 89 of Bardwell, died at 9:55 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Lourdes Hospital. He was a member of Bardwell Baptist Church. He served in the US Army Air Force in WWII and was a life-time member of the American Legion and Disabled Veterans. He received a BS degree from Murray State University in agriculture and a MA degree from University of Kentucky in education and administration specialist. He also attended the University of Tulsa and taught veterans agriculture. He taught history at Cayce Elementary in Cayce, KY; was principal at Hickman Elementary in Hickman, KY; was superintendent at Trimble County Schools in Bedford, KY; and served as principal of Carlisle County Elementary School. He was a lifetime member of Kentucky Education Association and of the Parent Teacher Association and served as president of the 5th District Education Association in Louisville and the surrounding counties. He was a member of the Lions Club, Salvation Army and past president of the Rotary Club. He served three terms as Mayor of Bardwell and was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge and Rizpah Shriners.
Mr. Ross is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy (Colson) Ross of Bardwell; his daughters, Cathy Ross Ahlvin and husband Mark of Sikeston, MO and Kim Ross of Louisville, KY; his son-in-law, Robert H Upton of Franklin, TN; his grandchildren, Rob Upton and his wife Anne of Springhill, TN, and Lori Simmons and her husband Darin of Springhill, TN; his great grandchildren, June Upton and Isla and Guy Simmons.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, JoAnn Ross Upton; two sisters and three brothers. His parents, H.W. and Nina (Mardis) Ross.
Services for Mr. Ross will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Bardwell with Rev. Rodney Bice officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 am until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Shriners Children Hospital, 1990 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502-1204 .
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