Robert Keith (Bobby) Ross
Robert Keith (Bobby) Ross, 62, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
Bobby, my little brother, worked hard his whole life, and enjoyed the benefits that came from that, with financial stability and a strong sense of self he pursued his hobbies as much as he pursued public service with passion. He was in rotary for many years, volunteered for every toy drive or fund drive for the needy, and cared about others with needs, very passionately. He was the first one to arrive and the last one to leave for any project he was invited to volunteer for. He was by every account of all of his friends the funniest person always and as one put it, “more fun than a barrel of monkies”! He is remembered for his handsome good looks and pleasant humor-filled ways, and sly wit, too. What matters now is how much everyone remembers this man, in this picture! For most of our life we knew this Bobby and this is who we honor and remember.
A private service was held on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel, Grafton, VA.
My uncle is a connector, seeker, doer, wide-eyed go getter, eager, extra goofy, compassionate and loving.
Bob looked for ways to help and keep his small family in his life. He took so graciously to my dog and they became really good buddies. His heart was so vibrant and ready to help when my dog needed surgery. He rallied contacts from all over the country to help me raise money for my dogs surgery. Knowing her for just a short amount of time and willing to do anything for her, I felt that true love. So did my Boarder Aussie, Kiari!
I saw his gift to have mercy on the wounded. I saw his heart brighten with inner joy from helping a wounded friend/animal. Bobby has warmed so many hearts with pure Joy. Happiness is temporary…whereas JOY comes from within.
Bob has been following his calling to help. He learned at a young age to have mercy on the sick and wounded.
Bob was feeling pain physically and emotionally but he never ceased on pushing forward. I admired his force, strength from within and ability to love even harder during difficult times.
His most gracious gift to all his family and neighbors is his eternal love. We are finding comfort that his strong heart and soul, which now rests eternally with our Lord.
When I’m feeling moments of pure utter Joy I’ll know that’s uncle Bob! When I take mercy on a wounded person or animal I’ll know that’s uncle Bob showing me to love thy neighbor.
Blessing to my sweet dear Uncle Bobby.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”