Bishop Burton Alphonso Ross, Sr. FLORENCE - Funeral services for Bishop Burton Alphonso Ross, Sr. will be conducted 12:00 noon Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Savannah Grove Baptist Church, 2620 Alligator Road, Effingham. Burial will follow in Florence Memorial Gardens, 3320 S. Cashua Drive, Florence. Bishop Burton Alphonso Ross, 76, was born September 16, 1936 in Mahaicony, Guyana, formally known British Guyana. On early Good Friday morning, March 29, 2013, Bishop Ross made his entrance into the presence of the Almighty God. He accepted Christ in his twenties and devoted his life to the ministry of Christ. He married Bernice Camille Babbs on December 8, 1962. She was known to him as "his precious find." They both fervently served together in ministry for over 50 years, pioneering and pastoring approximately eight churches. Bishop Ross served as Assistant Superintendent of Assemblies of God in Guyana for many years, a bible school teacher, and in the position of presbyter. Through divine inter-vention God used Pastor Richard Denham and his congregation to further the call of God on Bishop and Bernice Ross in the United States. The Rosses pioneered New Life Assembly of God in Florence, South Carolina, where they faithfully pastored for over 26 years. Bishop Ross also served as the Director of the Eastern Region Inner City Workers Conference (ERICWC), as a South Carolina Assemblies of God District Presbyter, and most recently was nominated for the office of Executive Presbyter. Bishop Ross's ministry expanded beyond what is noted. He was a father, friend, brother, counselor, teacher and pastor to many. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Bernice Ross, 11 children, 26 grandchildren, 5 sisters, Ruby Ross of Brooklyn, NY, Yvonne David (Compton) of Brooklyn, NY, Valerie Ross of Mahaicony, Guyana, Monica Ross of Guyana and Felicia Richards (Albert) of Canada. He has one brother, Rudolph Ross (Violet) of Guyana, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bishop Ross has impacted the lives of thousands throughout his ministry. He was a loving father, devoted husband, a voice of wisdom and known to many as a man of prayer who loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed, but praise God his legacy will continue on. Viewing will be 1:00-4:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 2925 W. Palmetto Street. Casket will be placed in the church from 9:00-12:00 noon day of service. The family is receiving friends at the home, 1018 O'Hara Drive (Tara Village Subdivision), Florence. Memorial and Condolence messages may be mailed to Ideal Funeral Parlor, 106 E. Darlington Street, Florence, SC 29506 or visit our website at www.idealfuneral.com to leave a message for the family.
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Published in Morning News on Apr. 5, 2013