One of Nature’s Noblemen Dies
J. W. Ross, after a three week’s illness of typhoid pneumonia, died Tuesday at 4 p. m., Dec. 8, 1903, at his home at Heidtsville, Fla. He was greatly loved by the community and we sadly mourn his loss.
Mr. Ross was 40 years old. He was born in Marion county. He leaves a wife and seven small children and one sister to mourn his death. He had been in bad health for over a year but the last three weeks it became evident that the end was near; that dreadful disease typhoid pneumonia set in but everything that loving hands and tender hearts could do was done. But the Lord had ordered it otherwise. His ways are best, yet we often question his acts. To those who knew him as Will a place is vacant; the family circle is broken, the fair ruling spirit is silent forever.
Oh! How our heart aches for one sound of his voice stilled forever; one touch of the loving hand that will never more minister to loved ones; the place cannot be filled. We can only remember him as he was and for what he has done….Uncle Joe-Heidtsville---Jan 12, 1904 Source: Ocala Banner: 1-15-1904
Note © Linda Flowers...J. W. Ross was born November 10, 1863 to the parents of William A. and Milissa Ross. He passed away on December 8, 1903 and is buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Marion County. He married Adelle Culverhouse. He was a member of the Democratic Executive Committee and elected its president in May of 1902. He was assocciated with the Alachua Phosphate Company and one year before his death opened a successful market.
Source: Ocala Evening Star, Ocala Banner, Ancestry and Find A Grave
and Submitted by Linda Flowers