She was “ TaTa” and “Aunt Thelma” to family and nicknamed “Gross” by friends.
Thelma was born on April 12, 1920 in Hazard, KY, the thirteenth of thirteen children. Her parents were Schuyler C. Vermillion, known as “Doug,” and Elizabeth Caldwell Vermillion. She graduated from high school in Tribbey, KY and went to business college in Lexington, KY. She married Lt. Gullion Evans Gross from Lynch, KY, on July 20, 1943, during WWII. Lt. Gross was discharged in July, 1946, and they made their home in Cumberland, KY.
Thelma started working as the secretary at Cumberland High School around 1950. They had two daughters, Carole and Jamie. Thelma was a member of the Cumberland Baptist Church, she was in a bridge club, and belonged to the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Most of all, she loved Cumberland High School. Gullion died in 1981 and Thelma retired a few years later. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee around 1993 to be close to her daughters. She was living at Morningside of Belmont and until recent medical problems she enjoyed a full life surrounded by her family. Everyone will remember her bright smile and her happy outlook.
Thelma is survived by her daughter, Carole Gross Begley, son-in-law Ron Begley, grandsons Colin Begley and Brett Begley; her daughter, Dr. Jamie Gross, son-in-law Russell Nunnally, and daughter Schuyler Nunnally, of Nashville, Tennessee.
To honor and celebrate her life, Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, June 2, from 10-11 am, at the Cumberland Valley Funeral Home in Cumberland, KY with Dennis Williams officiating. Immediately following the services, burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery in Keith, Kentucky.
Cumberland Valley Funeral Home of Cumberland, Kentucky entrusted with arrangements.