In Loving

Robert Edward Ross

September 2, 1935 – March 2, 2022

Robert Edward Ross Sr. departed this life on March 2, 2022. Robert Edward Ross was born on September 2, 1935 in Cumberland County to the late James Eddie Ross and Mary Frances Blanton Ross of Farmville, Virginia.

Robert was the eldest of 14 children. He is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Ross, his brothers, George Ross, David Ross, James Ross, Abraham Ross, Lorenza Ross, Joseph Ross; and his sisters Sarah Payne, Elmira Boisseau, and Frances Ross; and his great- granddaughter Gizelle Elizabeth Banks.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann King Ross; his brother, Isaac Ross; and sister Ida Ross. Also left to cherish his memories are his two sons, Robert Ross Jr (Ngozi Ross, Nandi Green, Nazyr Ross, and Nyanka Elizabeth Ross), Randy Ross (Sierra Turnage); four daughters Cynthia Porter (Teyashia Moses, Douglas Cheatham Jr.), Rosalind Jones (Shaun Jones Jr., Chaivon Jones); Son in law Shaun Jones Sr., Denine Saunders (Robinique Strickland, Tyesha Saunders, and Brittney Saunders) Yvette Lightfoot (Curtese Wilson, Enzo Dansby, and Keyvette Dansby);19 great – grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. He also had two devoted friends, Herman Jackson and Rolando Jordan; and two devoted adopted spiritual daughters Alatha Long and Lorraine Brockenbrough.

In 1943 Roberts mom became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Robert was only 8 years old. Robert has been a faithful servant of Jehovah for over 60 years. He remained faithful to the God he loved (Jehovah) until the day he passed.

Click here to view the Memorial Service for Robert Edward Ross

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel


Sat, March 12, 2022


  11:30 AM

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  1. Yvette Lightfoot March 4, 2022 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Rest in piece dad from your daughter Yvette

  2. Rosalind R. Jones March 5, 2022 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    You will be greatly missed..but I will keep on running the race staying faithful and courageous as you taught me to be relying on Jehovah to sustain me every step of the way. Your race has ended mine must go on. Every tool that you gave me and Jehovah continues to give to me I will use to be just as faithful wise and courageous standing firm until the end. We will meet again in paradise in Jehovah’s due time.
    Your Daughter Rosalind Jones

  3. Tori Scott March 5, 2022 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    a second family to me always no matter what. i will forever cherish all the love and kindness that you and Elizabeth always shown to me and my family . Love, Tori

  4. Ngozi Ross March 6, 2022 at 1:16 am - Reply

    The greatest man I’ll ever know. So thankful for all of the time I got to spend with you and the memories we created I’ll cherish forever. You were the best grandfather we could ever have, I love you, see you soon

  5. theresa e hill March 6, 2022 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I thought so much of this loving,kind and devoted Man that Jehovah created!!! He finished his earthly life standing firm in his faith. I one day hope I can see him in the Paradise!!! To the family I love you dearly, stand firm and stay strong!!! Continue to draw close to Jehovah!!

  6. Frances Ross March 6, 2022 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Love You Much Uncle Rock. You have always been the Ross families Rock. After I grew up I came to know how you were able to do it. You had JEHOVAH Holding You Up. Fortifying You with the needed Strength to do So. We will miss You ? ? but We know there’s Hope. See You in JEHOVAHS EARTHLY PARADISE .. Where GOD will no doubt continue to Use You.

  7. Alatha Long March 6, 2022 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    You will be missed and you know how much I truly loved you, my second father. You treated me as your daughter, you were always there when I needed a listing ear to express my concerns. You always gave me the guidance I needed – I can hear you now telling me “Rely on Jehovah”. I will do just that until I see you again.
    I love you

    • [email protected] March 6, 2022 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      You will be truly missed …you were my best friend.You taught me how to be a man. Everything I know you taught me. What a void it will leave in my world without you in it. You made Jehovah real to me. All of my spiritual knowledge I got from you wether I follow it or not was up to me. You were an amazing Papa my favorite person. During my childhood you was my hero and you are still my hero and I will ALWAYS love you.
      Your Grandson – Chaivon Jones

    • Shaun Jones Sr March 12, 2022 at 2:32 am - Reply

      You probably never imagine what Dad meant to me he was more than my father-in-law he was my mentor a good friend a buddy you just don’t know and I appreciate him because him and Elizabeth gave me my wife Rosalind Ross Jones and from my wife I got two son Shaun Jones Jr . and Chaivon ArMonte Jones and from Chaivon I got a grandson ArMonte Chaivon Jones so I appreciate my father-in-law more than you can ever imagine and at this moment I can’t say anymore because it’s hurting to even talk about him because he’s truly missed and one of the most loving and amazing man EVER….

  8. James Walker March 6, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I want to Thank my uncle for being there for our family, the strength and stability you showed through the years have led us back to serving Jehovah when many of us including myself had lost our way. I Love you and look forward to seeing you come back in the promised New World and to be united with my mom and so many other family members. To those of us who are grieving the lost of our dear loved one my prayer is that you seek Jehovah while he still may be found. Zephaniah 2:3

  9. Robinique Strickland March 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    To be your grand daughter Is a honor itself, literally the best papa ever I Love You and always will Thanks for EVERYTHING especially the Love you gave you will always be remembered !!

    Until we meet again ❤️

  10. Britney Saunders March 6, 2022 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I love you Papa. Thank you for being so loving. The true definition of a great man. I am proud to be your granddaughter and will miss you greatly. You’ve touched the lives of so many and made a huge impact. Thank you for being you.

  11. Teresa Payne Williams March 6, 2022 at 9:41 pm - Reply


  12. Tyiesha saunders March 6, 2022 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I can’t put it in words how much I miss you but what I can say is you definitely showed me what real love was I am so blessed to be your granddaughter you was the best papa ever I remember everytime I had called to check on you I would say papa you kno who this is and you would respond yea this Tyiesha we might didn’t talk everyday but you knew your grandkids voice and all it was amazing this is so hard to process I miss you sooo much but I will make sure I love so much harder because that’s what you did love you papa always and forever❤️

  13. Valeathia Kinney March 7, 2022 at 10:53 am - Reply

    My condolences to the family, our dear brother and friend will be missed dearly. So Robert will wait until Christ Jesus will call then Robert will answer. Until then we will see him soon.

  14. Angela Jones (Ross) March 7, 2022 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I will never forget my uncle Robert. A loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle , and friend. You taught us all so much. If it be the Lords will, we will meet again. Love your niece Snooka.

  15. Roosevelt&Ruby March 7, 2022 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Our favorite cousin in va. We had some good good times serving Jehovah getting togeherstudying together thank Jehovah for having you in our life We know paradise is just around the corner well have a grand family reunion praising our loving God for all eternity.We love you see you in the new world to come.lindsey Roosevelt White. Ruby Long White

  16. Yvonne Green March 8, 2022 at 9:10 am - Reply

    What I will remember the most about my Uncle Rock is his humility, calmness and his reliance on Jehovah no matter the situation or circumstance. I have never even heard him raise his voice. I will cherish and honor his memory by also remaining calm while relying on Jehovah. He was so overjoyed when I dedicated my life to Jehovah and got baptized and I have faith that he will be resurrected to an earthly paradise.

    1 Corinthians 15:26: And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. #therewillbearesurrection


    Your Niece Yvonne

  17. Tunisia White March 8, 2022 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Cousin Roberts I will miss u , I remember my mom coming to the Kingdom Hall in Richmond and u was always there saying to me Nene no matter how old u get u going to always look like Darlene.I am going to truly miss u and I know jehovah has u and u are watching down on all of us. Love u always

  18. Darlene White&Billy White March 8, 2022 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I and Billy will always remember the good times we had, I remember the talks u gave I really enjoy listening to them I thank Jehovah for Robert being a faithful servant if his and I know Roberts is in jehovah memory and Robert is in all our memories also. I and Billy love u and going to miss u. Love u always Darlene and Billy White

  19. Shaun Jr. March 8, 2022 at 3:44 pm - Reply


  20. Shirley White March 8, 2022 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I want to send condolences to the Ross family. Also to all brothers and sisters that knew my cousin. I am confidence that we will see him again in Paradise. It just around the corner.

  21. Denine Saunders March 8, 2022 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    To my loving father you will be greatly missed by me .You showed me so much love throughout my life and thenn extended it to my kids . You were a wonderful father you were forgiving ,thoughtful, and most of all nonjudgmental you taught me about Jehovah and a kingdom that will be waiting for us all if we live according to Jehovahs ways and that’s the most a father can give his child so that she may grow closer to Jehovah.Thank you for being my dad I will always think about you and your warm words and most of all your undying love rest peacefully my earthly father and I love you

  22. Iris G White March 9, 2022 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I will never forget your compassion and faith in Jehovah, as a child I looked forward to seeing you and the family at the assemblies. You will be missed. I send condolences to all of the family in this time of sadness.

  23. Michael Ross March 9, 2022 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    You are the first person I remember outside of my family in central congregation. I remember screaming down your name at the mosque as it was them called and getting those lollipops from you as well. I also remember the countless pearls of wisdom you provided me and even some discipline. I can’t wait to see you again in the new world and scream your name again and hopefully Jehovah will resurrect you with a ready supply of lollipops. See you in a few seconds my dear brother

  24. Wanda Hill March 9, 2022 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    My dear brother. Words can’t express how you will be missed. All the encouraging talks we had and the sound advice you gave me. I will always reflect back on those time. You ran the race well and that’s a great example for all that knew and loved you to follow. Until we meet again.

  25. Tanya Howard March 9, 2022 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about such a loving brother. Bro. Ross will truly be missed. I considered him a friend for life. I look forward to seeing him in paradise. To the family, stay strong, Jehovah will make you firm. 2 Pet. 5: 9, 10

  26. Jameel Staten March 9, 2022 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    What can I say? My heart aches to know your no longer here with us. As it has been wonderful said, to know Robert was to love him. How true that is! When I was about 11 years old my brother and I came to Central. Instantly Robert took us both under his wing an loved us like we were his own. I could go on about the countless things he taught me. However it wasn’t just the words of wisdom he imparted. It was the way he lived his life as a servant of Jehovah. I saw first hand how you cared for your family, the congregation and others. You did all of it out of love. Not to have the model male figure in my life you became that for me. An for that I will forever be grateful to you and Jehovah. From your example I learned what it meant to be a family man but most importantly a spiritual man. From all the days in the ministry, meeting and your home you would work with with us to teach how to become spiritual men. You gave of yourself to shepherd us all and what a fine job you did. To the spiritual giant in my life I thank you for loving and guiding me. You have competed your race awaiting Jehovah to make your rise once again. That’s a day we’re all longing for. To Rosalind, Shaun, Shaun Jr Chaivon and the rest of the family thank you for sharing your father, papa & etc with is all. Please remember Jehovah’s comforting arms are supporting you all. At Psalms 56:8 Jehovah is keeping track of our wandering. He’s collecting all the tears were shedding in his skin bottle . Also he recording them in his book. Jehovah is intimately aware of yours and all of our pain that we’re facing. He’s going through it with us. Please let Jehovah be your strong hold and foundation. If ever you are fall don’t worry Jehovah will be right there to grab hold of you with his right hand of righteousness. Robert I love you immensely. Can’t wait to see in the NEW WORLD!!! John 11:24″ I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.”

  27. Denine Quarles March 9, 2022 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Bro. Ross was one of my spiritual dads. I adopted him soon after Jeff and I moved to Richmond. He was always so encouraging and even at my low times assured me that Jehovah was ready and willing to forgive me, to love me…

    He was a gift to the congregation and Jehovah truly used him to encourage. My love and condolences to the Ross family. Jehovah will give you what you need to endure this loss. It’ll be so wonderful to be able to sit with him beneath a tree in the new world enjoying a refreshing drink while discussing the many blessings of knowing Jehovah. ?????

  28. Constance Jefferson Seaborn March 9, 2022 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I was saddened to hear that bro. Ross has fallen into that deep sleep. Prayerfully that sleep is only for a little while. He was a really kind and faithful servant for Jehovah and a genuine friend. My deepest sympathy to the family. Grief is just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go…..until Jesus’ promise of the resurrection in John 5:28 & 29 comes to fruition. At that time, we’ll experience THE BEST FAMILY REUNION EVER! May the many prayers for the family be comforting. 2 Corinthians 1:3 & 4

  29. DAISY WOODHAM March 10, 2022 at 9:25 pm - Reply


  30. Marilyn Jordan March 11, 2022 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Brother Ross presence will be miss, gentleness, mild, pleasant smile, straightforwardness. Was a quality for sure that Jehovah favored. May Jehovah comfort The family…2 Corinthians 1: 3,4.

    Marilyn Jordan and family.

  31. Mellanee Hawk March 11, 2022 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I’m stunned. I’ve just learned of Bro. Ross’s passing and I’m so sorry Rosalind, and express my very deepest condolences to the rest of the family as well. I can’t believe it. Bro. Ross was a true spiritual man. Kind and true. This system just got a little darker. I thank Jehovah that he will indeed live again, for he loved his heavenly Father. I know Jehovah will miss his prayers and comments too. How happy we will be in the near future–when such announcements will be no more! As a lover of Jehovah, I pray that everyone remembers and focuses on  the wonderful promises Jehovah holds out to us at Isa. 26:19: our dead will live again! And Acts 24:15: there is GOING to be a resurrection and Bro. Robert Ross believed it! So don’t give up—because it’s just a little while longer.  I so look forward to seeing my dear brother again—healthy and well,          .


  32. Valeathia Kinney March 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    To Shirley Ann Ross my condolences to you and your daughters, I pray our loving God Jehovah and his son Christ Jesus comfort you all at this difficult time in your life. Our dear brother Robert Ross is sleeping. Jesus will call him and he will answer, until then Shirley my love and prayers are with you and your family

  33. Rolando V Jordan March 11, 2022 March 12, 2022 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Robert, my Brother and dearest friend. You have been a great friend and loyal Servant of Jehovah, I will always treasure our spiritual conversations and I will miss all the good times we had together til we see you again. I will treasure the wonderful memories that we had as one of my best friends. Love you my friend!!! ,Rolando /to Family and friends 2Cor. 1:2-4

  34. Lucy White Scott March 12, 2022 at 12:32 am - Reply


  35. ArMonte Jones March 12, 2022 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I loved my great grandfather so happy I was able to know him. He always called me the same name he called my father”Little Man”. I loved helping him holding his hand so he doesn’t fall. He was my Dad’s hero and he’s my hero too…The Best Great,- Father Ever

  36. Lorraine Brockenbrough March 12, 2022 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I truly love you and my heart pain that’s you gone but most of all feel with so much love and joy because Jehovah put me in your path .There will never be another Robert Ross . I will wait to see you again in paradise my dear loving brother you will keep me smiling and laughing what a joy you you was to mot only me but many .Love you dearly.

  37. Shana Milton March 12, 2022 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Bro Ross and his family was one of the dearest families we were priveled to know when when first moved to Virginia. He has finished his race and will be dearly missed. We just have to finish the race to see him again. I send my love to his family. ❤️ Revelation 21:1-5

  38. Lisa Williams March 12, 2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Rosalind, Shaun Sr, Shaun Jr and Chaivon and rest of Ross family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bro Ross. Such a great loss. I’m thankful to Jehovah for being able to serve Jehovah along with Bro Ross and the rest of the family for so many years. He truly was always encouraging to me. May Jehovah continue to bless the family!

  39. Kimberly Morris March 31, 2022 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Rosalind my deepest sympathy for your loss. Kim Morris

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