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Michael Ross

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- After spending a joyous and wonderful Christmas with his family, Michael Martin Ross passed away on Dec. 28, 2008, at his home in Warner Robins, Ga., at the age of 50.

Mike was born in Sumter, S.C., to Paul M. Ross and Nancy Jean Martin Ross on Christmas Eve 1958, and was indeed a gift from God. Living several years in Panama City, Fla., the Ross' moved back to Rock Hill, where Mike was a 1976 graduate of Northwestern High School.

Mike was preceded in death by his loving wife, Cecile Perry Ross and his father, Paul Ross. In addition to his mother, Mike is survived by his son, Casey Perry Ross of Byron, Ga.; his sister and her husband, Janet R. and James B. (Jimmy) Kilgo of Woodstock, Ga., and their daughter, Margaret Ann of Athens, Ga.; and his sister, Patricia C. (Patty) Ross of Rock Hill.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Warner Robins, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; Westminster Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732; or the charity of choice.