A native of Harlan County, he was a retired coal miner and truck driver. He believed in and professed the Protestant faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Matthew Gross and Flossie Saylor Gross; his first wife, Callie Saylor Gross; five sons: Roy Gross, Bill Gross, Grant Gross, Farmer Gross and Tony Gross; one daughter, Mary Blanton; three sisters: Bernice Gross, Alice Napier and Doris Burnette; one brother, Clarence Gross; and one grandson, Billy Gross.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Sue Blanton Gross, Molus; two sons: William Gross, Molus; and James "Sam" Blanton and wife, Kristina, Pensacola, Fla.; six daughters: Drenda Crider and husband, Ken, Harlan; Kathy Robertson and husband, Jerry, Cortland, Ill.; Willa Lea Gross, Lyones, Ga.; Brenda Saylor, Wallins; Effie Elizabeth Gross, Molus; and Cinda Gross, Wallins; one brother, Herbert Ray Gross, Wallins; five sisters: Effie Pheigo, Wallins; Betty Funderburk and husband, Louie, Newburn, Ind.; Faye Tackett, Dayton, Ohio; Liz Mantalvo and husband, Freddie, Dresden, Tenn.; and Mary Frost, Detroit, Mich.; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Harlan Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Freeman Clark and the Rev. James Burkhart officiating.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
Harlan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.