William Porter Ross

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WILLIAM PORTER ROSS, 80, of Little Rock, passed away June 25, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born February 15, 1939, in Pine Bluff, Ark. Bill was raised by his mother and grandmother after his father died when he was four years of age. Bill graduated Pine Bluff High School in 1956 where he enjoyed playing tennis, and continued at the University of Arkansas where he lettered and earned his business degree. He was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity which he loved and continued to support until his death. After college Bill spent four years in Quantico, Va., in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a Lance Corporal, and earned his Sharpshooter and Marksman medals. Bill's early career included many years with Simmons Bank in Pine Bluff. While living there he was very active with Central Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon and Boy Scout Master of Troop 354. He was a devoted father and some of his happiest years were spent being active with his son's scout troop and the Jaycee's Little League team. Later in life Bill spent several years working for Raytheon on Johnston Atoll in the South Pacific. He met and married his loving wife Linda during this time, which eventually led them both to a new career in real estate with Rector, Phillips and Morse. Bill was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ida Ross. He is survived by his wife, Linda Allen Ross of Little Rock; his son; Richmond Ross (Sarah) of Nashville, Tenn., step-son, Brooks Allen (Kathy) of Maumelle, and six grandchildren; Richmond Jr., Heuer, Kate, Patrick, Mary Grace and Davis. Services will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Dr., Little Rock, Ark., 72227. Memorials may be made to Autism Tennessee, 955 Woodland St., Nashville, Tenn. 37206 ( Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., (501)224-2200. Bill's online guestbook may be signed at

Published July 7, 2019