Alice Faye Ross, 73, of Oneida, died March 28, 2021, at NHC Healthcare of Oak Ridge following a battle with liver cancer.
Alice was born April 7, 1947, to the late Hannibal Bud Ross and Ruby Alene (Ryan) Ross of Winfield.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her ex-husband and long-time friend, Riley Taylor; sister, Shelby Jean (Ross) Duncan; brother, Dorman Foster Ross Sr; brothers-in-law, Paul Hill, Bill Bauer, and Edgar "Shrigg" Duncan; sisters-in-law, Janice Lee (Smith) Ross and Linda Sue (Anderson) Ross and Sharon Ross; special cousins, Wanda Perry and Bob Ross; nieces, Gina Duncan, Kim Hill and Gloria Jean "Jeannie" Duncan; nephew, Billy Bauer.
Alice is survived by her son, Tom, and his wife, Julie, of Oneida; granddaughters Beth Braden (Chad) of Knoxville and Hannah Ross of Somerset, Ky; grandson Zeke Ross of McKinney, Texas; and great-grandchildren Harper Braden and Nora Braden of Knoxville and their younger sibling expected to arrive in October.
Alice is also survived by her sisters, Shirlene Bauer of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Judy Smith (Robert) and Sue Hill of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jan Ross of Sykesville, Md.; nieces and nephews, Gerolynn Martin, Teressa Bauer, Greg Bauer, Kellie Hallaron, Cheryl Droulliard, Brian Napier, Bascom Duncan, Melody Allen, Randy Duncan, Jeff Duncan, Tim King, Michelle Jones, Jamie Mastin, and Dorman Foster Ross Jr.; close friend, Ruth Wesley of Winfield; her cat, Pepper; and countless great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends whom she loved very much.
She was of the Southern Baptist faith and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Winfield, where she was saved and baptized as a young woman. She was often asked to sing solos of old hymns when she was still able to attend regularly.
Alice was, as the old folks say, a "cut-up." She loved a good joke and loved to tell stories about her antics from her younger days, such as "borrowing" her dad's school bus to take a quick lap at the state line or dumping soap in a fountain in Oneida to watch it bubble. On at least two occasions, she prank-called RL Gibson while Scott County Issues was live on the air. We're sorry, RL. Alice also loved Cadillacs, Sonic ice, yard sales, and pickle juice. In her later years, she enjoyed visiting with old friends and playing Bingo at the Senior Citizens Center in Oneida, spending time with her great-grandchildren, and taking trips to see her sisters in Ohio.
We feel her loss deeply, but we know that she's not entirely gone; her mischievous streak runs strong through her grandchildren. Alice is there in a hot cup of coffee or a good pan of white gravy. She's in good recipes she unashamedly tore from doctor’s office magazines, and she's in a cherry Diet Coke on a hot summer day. In her memory, please stop by Phillips' Drive-In for a chuckwagon and a milkshake.
The family would like to thank Lori Weathers of Grace Primary Care, Dr. Felicia Wheeler of Thompson Oncology Group, and the staff at NHC for their care of Alice.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Center at Fort Sanders.
Alice's wishes were to be cremated. A joint memorial service for her and Riley will be held on Saturday, April 10 at West-Murley Funeral Home in Oneida. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a short service will follow at 1 p.m.
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