NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches community mourns the loss of a city icon. Bill Ross died of lung disease early Thursday morning at the age of 76.
Well known in the community, Ross was a wrecker and a mechanic. He purchased the station he owned and ran on North Street in 1962. Ross became ill two weeks ago and was taken to Medical Center in Nacogdoches, where he passed.
He's survived by his wife and two sons who are also in the business. His store is closed Friday and will remain closed through Monday.
"I'm blessed that my kids are old enough to know Mr. Ross. There are tons of children around here who aren't grandchildren, but he counted them as such. And so, it's going to be a great loss to us. And, I'm just blessed that we were around him and learned the lessons that he had to teach," said family friend, Donna Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. Both services will be held at Cason Monk Metcalf Funeral Home.