Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Friend Died

I just found out that my friend, Mike Ross, died. I used to see him every year when I attended the Christian Booksellers Convention. Bob (his father) and Mike were always there with the Pilgrim Publications booth, smiling and introducing many to the great Spurgeon books they published. Mike was a joy to be around. His exuberance and love for life was uplifting. He reminded me of a combination of Charles Spurgeon and Hoss Cartwright. He is worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ face to face now...and I know he has probably run into Spurgeon by now.

By Mike's Father, Bob L. Ross
In one of my Bibles, my son Michael had long ago written these few words when he was between 8 and 9 years old::
"Michael Ross
 John 3:16
 Jan. 8, 1972)"
Right beside those words, I later wrote the following:
"Michael confessed faith in Christ as Saviour on Nov. 25, 1973.
 I had preached on Abraham's faith."
Michael was 10 years old.
He had his 49nth birthday on Wednesday,  August 29, 2012.
For most of his 49 years, even from an early age, Michael was enthusiastically devoted to working in the publication and distribution of C. H. Spurgeon's sermons and other books. You can no doubt find Mike'  fingerprints on Spurgeon's sermons and publications perhaps all over the world where he has shipped book orders.
Funeral services are currently being planned for Saturday morning at First Baptist Church, Fairmont Parkway at Red Bluff Road, Pasadena, Texas.
Michael sent regular offerings from Pilgirm Publications to support Missionary
Daniel Shanks in the West Indies and Missionary Allan Roman in Mexico.


Michael Joseph Ross, 49, passed away September 5, 2012 in Pasadena, TX. Michael was born August 29, 1963 in Ironton, OH. Michael is survived by his father, Bob L. Ross; mother, Ruth Amos and husband Jerry; siblings, Deborah Antoine, Nathan Ross and wife Katar, and Rebecca Ross; step-siblings, Wade Amos and wife Sue, and Christy Keeling and husband Dean; niece and nephews, Evan Antoine, Natalie Ross and Stephen Ross; aunt, Rhoda Smith and husband Jack; uncle, John Gilpin; cousins, Chuck Ross, Robbie Ross (pitcher for the Texas Rangers), Gerald Ross and Wally Ross; as well as numerous other loving relatives. Visitation will be held Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5 to 8pm at Rosewood Funeral Home Pasadena. Funeral services will be held at 10am, Saturday, September 8, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Pasadena. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Pilgrim Publications for Missionary Support, by mailing donations to P.O. Box 66 Pasadena, TX 77501.


  1. Im sorry your friend passed away. My condolences to you, his family and everyone whose life he touched.


  2. Eddie, I am very sorry for your loss. It is tough to loose good friends. Especially when you are so far away. My prayers are with you.


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