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Funeral services to honor Papa Ray's life will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Liberty Mortuary.
Ray Silas "Papa Ray" Ross, 83, of 316 Spring Valley Road, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at his home. Born in Six Mile, he was the widower of Stella Holden Ross and a son of the late Andy and Betsy Shelton Ross.
He retired from Saco Lowell and was a longtime member of Winding Creek Baptist Church. He was also a United States Air Force Veteran.
Surviving are a stepdaughter, Margaret Whitaker of Liberty; a daughter, Sharon Floree of Louisville, KY; two stepsons, Joe Whitaker and Wayne Whitaker, both of Liberty; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 4 great great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steve Ross, and two stepsons, Yank and Johnny Whitaker.
The family will be at the home. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.
30 South Palmetto Street Liberty, SC 29657
Published in The Greenville News on Jan. 27, 2014