Thomas A. Ross III

Published 1:30 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

A private memorial service for Thomas A. Ross III will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023.

Mr. Ross, 73, of Brookhaven, died November 26, 2023. He was born October 22, 1950, to Thomas A. Ross Jr. and Rosalind Butler Ross.

Mr. Ross received his MFA from University of Georgia in 1974, BA from Mississippi College in 1972, and retired from Copiah Lincoln Community College as an instructor of art after 43 years. He was an active member in Decell UMC, in Wesson and continued to actively paint until his death. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, preferably at the Spring River in Arkansas, but also simply going to his pond. His greatest joy was his family. He was a loving and faithful husband, son, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He also cared for all animals and was the past president of Brookhaven Animal Rescue League. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends as well as the faith family at Decell UMC.

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He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas A. Ross, Jr.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Gayle Megginson Ross, of Brookhaven; mother, Rosalind Butler Ross of Madison, MS; daughter, Arwin Ross Grippi and husband, Cameron; brother, Timothy Ross and sister-in-law, Susan Ross; two grandchildren, Katie Sharak and Tommy Sharak; and one great-granddaughter, Lois Sharak. He is also survived by other loving family members and friends, and his cats.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Decell UMN, 2022 US 51, Wesson, MS 39191, or the Brookhaven Animal Resue League, 501 Northpark Lane, Brookhaven, MS 39601.

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