A native of Watts Creek, he was a retired coal miner. He was a member and former pastor of the Four Mile Baptist Church. He was a Baptist preacher for 56 years and pastored nine churches.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bradley and Elizabeth Gross; three brothers: John, Cecil and Hubert Gross; three sisters: Mahala Sullivan, Della and Troy Gross; three children: Edna Faye, Jimmy and Alonzo Gross; one daughter-in-law, Joan Gross; and a great-grandson, James Eric Stevens Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Maxine Gross, Wallins; two brothers: Ken Gross, Wallins; and Raymond Gross, Columbus, Mississippi; two daughters: Betty Stevens and husband, Elmer, Wallins; and Debra Smith and husband, the Rev. Don Smith, Loyall; five sons: Charles Gross and wife, Ora Jean, Cawood; Bill Gross and wife, Darlene, Somerset; Frank Gross and wife, Sandy, Mary Alice; the Rev. Edmond Gross and wife, Robin, Wallins; and Michael Gross and wife, Georgetta, Wallins; 19 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nine step-grandchildren and a special niece, Joyce Evans and husband, Jerry.
Visitation is today and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Four Mile Baptist Church at Keith.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Freeman Clark and the Rev. George Fredrick officiating.
Burial will follow at the New Creech Cemetery at Wallins.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Loyall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.