OBITUARY

Dr. Cartess Ross Sr.

December 8, 1956March 3, 2018
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Dr. Cartess Ross, Sr., age 61, passed away on March 3, 2018. Dr. Ross was born on December 8, 1956 in Gunnison, MS son of the late William Ross and Christella Washington Ross. Dr. Ross graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Doctorate in Education. He also proudly served his country in the United States Army and retired after twenty years of faithful service. He started his career with the military as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He later became a Dental Laboratory Technician at Fort Gordon, GA and also served as an Army Recruiter for three years at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, CO. After retiring, he began a new career in Educational Leadership. He started the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program that enabled middle school students to develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. His proudest accomplishment was serving as the Principal for J.A. Dobbins Middle School in Paulding county for twenty years. Dr. Ross was a true and faithful servant of the Lord and a proud and active member of Damascus Baptist Church in Emerson, GA where he served as the Youth Minister. In his spare time, Dr. Ross was an avid carpenter who loved to work with his hands. He built furniture and his most recent project was building a tree house that will eventually be used as an Airbnb. Dr. Ross is survived by his loving wife of forty-three years, Dorothy Wilson Ross; sons, Cartess (Kimberly Alexander) Ross, Jr. and Michael (Shaneka Moses) Ross; grandchildren, Cartess Ross, III, Kayla Ross, Skye Ross, Haley Ross and Charli Ross; brothers, Frederick, William and Reginald; sisters, Victoria, Joyce, Elizabeth, Deborah, Christella, Sherrie and Gloria; a host of nieces and nephews and brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 16th of March, 2018 at Tabernacle Baptist Church with Pastor Roy E Fowler officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the GA National Cemetery with full military honors presented. Family and friends are invited for a comfort meal following the interment at 1:30 pm at Damascus Baptist Church, 174 Gaston Westbrook Ave, Emerson, GA 30137. Serving as pallbearers are Cartess Ross, Jr., Michael Ross, Cartess Ross, III, Frederick Ross, Sr., Frederick Ross, Jr. and Danny Cockrell. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the evening until nine on Thursday, the 15th of March at Owen Funeral Home. Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to post tributes and sign the on-line register. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA has charge of the arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 16, 2018
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Dr. Cartess Ross Sr.

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Tynesia Collier

March 15, 2018

We’re wishing this family our sincere condolences. Dr. Ross was always pleasant & made his extended family feel welcomed. We’ll keep lifting your family up in prayers.

~The Collier & Moses Family~

DeeCarol White

March 15, 2018

Dr. Ross and I met several years ago when I came into the Paulding County School District. I introduced myself and told him that he had a great aura. What an understatement! I absolutely loved each and every interaction that I was blessed to have with him. I always walked away with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Dr. Ross had a strong desire to be kind to all and impart wisdom upon anyone who was smart enough to listen. His smile and laugh warmed the hearts of all who encountered him.
I thank the family for sharing this awesome Man of God with us! We are all blessed to have known him. He will be missed dearly!

Kindest Regards,
DeeCarol

Christy Carson

March 12, 2018

Dr. Ross (and can I share that many of us consider 'Doctor' his first name ), was a special man. He was a leader within Dobbins Middle School as well as within Paulding County School District. It would be a challenge to find someone who had not met him or at least heard of him within Paulding County.

On a personal level, I considered him a wise brother and a spiritual leader. We had many discussions over the years about faith, religion, and how we can show grace. I always admired how he could quote scripture - his memory was AMAZING! I will miss knowing he will not be calling anymore to check on me and just to say hello. Just knowing he was a phone call away was a comfort when it became my turn to be the one who was the final decision maker. After I left Dobbins and later became a principal, he would sometimes show up at my school to check on me and to make sure everything was good. He somehow knew when I needing someone to lend an ear!

He was a school leader who had the highest of moral guide as he made some of the toughest decisions we have to make as leaders. He was respected by everyone, even when they disagreed with him or his decisions. I was blessed to be able to work alongside him as an assistant principal and work with him as he transitioned into his role as principal.

The wonderful support of the Paulding County School District as well as the community was something he appreciated and because of these relationships we will all miss him!

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Biography

Dr. Cartess Ross, Sr., age 61, passed away on March 3, 2018.
Dr. Ross was born on December 8, 1956 in Gunnison, MS son of the late William Ross and Christella Washington Ross.
Dr. Ross graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Doctorate in Education. He also proudly served his country in the United States Army and retired after twenty years of faithful service. He started his career with the military as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He later became a Dental Laboratory Technician at Fort Gordon, GA and also served as an Army Recruiter for three years at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, CO. After retiring, he began a new career in Educational Leadership. He started the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program that enabled middle school students to develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. His proudest accomplishment was serving as the Principal for J.A. Dobbins Middle School in Paulding county for twenty years. Dr. Ross was a true and faithful servant of the Lord and a proud and active member of Damascus Baptist Church in Emerson, GA where he served as the Youth Minister. In his spare time, Dr. Ross was an avid carpenter who loved to work with his hands. He built furniture and his most recent project was building a tree house that will eventually be used as an Airbnb.
Dr. Ross is survived by his loving wife of forty-three years, Dorothy Wilson Ross; sons, Cartess (Kimberly Alexander) Ross, Jr. and Michael (Shaneka Moses) Ross; grandchildren, Cartess Ross, III, Kayla Ross, Skye Ross, Haley Ross and Charli Ross; brothers, Frederick, William and Reginald; sisters, Victoria, Joyce, Elizabeth, Deborah, Christella, Sherrie and Gloria; a host of nieces and nephews and brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 16th of March, 2018 at Tabernacle Baptist Church with Pastor Roy E Fowler officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the GA National Cemetery with full military honors presented. Family and friends are invited for a comfort meal following the interment at 1:30 pm at Damascus Baptist Church, 174 Gaston Westbrook Ave, Emerson, GA 30137.
Serving as pallbearers are Cartess Ross, Jr., Michael Ross, Cartess Ross, III, Frederick Ross, Sr., Frederick Ross, Jr. and Danny Cockrell.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the evening until nine on Thursday, the 15th of March at Owen Funeral Home.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to post tributes and sign the on-line register.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA has charge of the arrangements.