Mrs. Ross was born June 2, 1921. Her parents were James Mobley Gamble and Ethel Bonner Gamble. When her father died shortly before her birth, she and her mother moved to Jones County to live with her mother’s sister, Pearle Hawkins, her husband, Sheriff John Preston Hawkins, and their five children (Holmes, Harold, Edith, Vivian and John), who became Mobley’s brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Ross graduated from Jones County High School with high honors and earned an associate’s degree from Georgia State College for Women. Upon marrying her high school sweetheart, Ben Ross of Clinton, they moved to Lincolnton, where he opened his law office and she began teaching elementary school. Mrs. Ross later became the elementary curriculum director for the Lincoln County School System and was responsible for its elementary school testing program. She was a Star Teacher for the Lincoln County School System and an outstanding educator for over 40 years.
During her years in Lincolnton, Mrs. Ross was an active member of the Lincoln County Historical Society and Lincolnton United Methodist Church, where she served many years as its elementary school superintendent and communion chairman. She was the longtime chairman of the Lincoln County Library Board and started the first library in Lincolnton. Mrs. Ross was a leader of the Oliver Morton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Jones County. She was a member and past president of the Fort James Chapter of Colonial Dames and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Mrs. Ross’ family includes former Georgia Rep. Ben Barron Ross, her husband of 68 years; her nieces, Cara Smalley (Robert) of Augusta, Dr. Preston Hawkins (Don Taliaferro) of Griffin; her nephews, Bonner Hawkins (Virginia) of Covington, Holmes Hawkins (Patsy) of Lilburn, Justice Harris Hines (Helen) of Marietta, and Jeff Bridges (Delia) of Macon. Additional nephews and nieces are Wayne Ross (Norma) of Macon, Roland Ross of Clinton, and Kate Ross Williams (Tommy) of Macon. She has many great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
The family is deeply grateful for the friends, neighbors, and caregivers who were so faithful, loving, and kind to her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Lincolnton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Lincolnton, GA 30817, or the Lincoln County Historical Society, P.O. Box 869, Lincolnton, GA 30817.
Rees Funeral Home in Lincolnton had charge of arrangements. You may sign the family’s online guest book at www.rees-funeralhome.com.