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Rev. Lucius Ross Jr.

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The Rev. Lucius Ross Jr. died June 16, 2017. A service was held at Hughes Memorial UMC, with the Rev. Yvonne Mercer-Staten giving the homily.  Also participating were the Revs. Paul Johnson, Joan Jones and Gertie Williams.

Lucius Ross Jr. was born Dec. 15, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to the late Lucius Ross Sr. and Rose Ella (Lee) Ross. He was educated in the public school systems of Washington and Prince Georges County. He attended Prince Georges Community College and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Ross worked for the federal government for 33 years, primarily at the Department of Health and Human Services. He retired in 2000 to enter ministry full-time until his retirement in 2011.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank those persons who have been influential I my life as friends, co-workers, ministers or people who touched my life along the way,” he wrote for the memorial service program. He went on to list: Helen Joanne Moore, “a calming force in my life”; James Parker, Ellis Jones and the late Clarence Fletcher as life-long friends. Included in his thanks were the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Mercer-Staten, her son Lawrence A. Staten and her late husband. He acknowledged the Rev. Gertie Williams and her daughter Donna Williams, the Rev. Joan Jones and Brother Bobby Thompson. “Then there are my Fathers in Ministry,” he said, “Rev. Dr. Gainger Browning, Jr. and the late Rev. Dr. Leonard R. Felton.” Also included were two young adults from St. Paul UMC, Tina and Sherdette.

Survivors include two daughters: Nicole V. Ross of Havre de Grace and Danielle Renee Ross of Washington, D.C.; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister.