WAYNESVILLE — Julius Paul Ross, 94, passed away on June 28, 2019, at his home.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Hilliard W. and Sarah Ferguson Ross. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Ross and his sister, Mary Holder.

Julius attended Western Carolina University and earned his degree in 1951 with a major in chemistry and a minor in math.

Much of his career was at Dayco International where he worked for 17 years before transitioning to full-time farming. He was at his happiest when working on the farm and tending to his livestock. His favorite past time was attending the cattle market and watching basketball.

He was an enthusiastic fan of Duke Blue Devils. Julius was a member of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a deeply loving and devoted husband, father, Papaw, uncle, good neighbor, and loyal friend.

Julius is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Green Ross; four daughters, Kay Prowler (Chuck) of Crabtree, Cathy Szendrei (Eric) of Maine, Rebecca McFadden (Doug) of Florida, and Sara Jane Galvin (Mark) of Crabtree; four grandchildren, Rebecca Pearl Nester (Ricky), Ross Szendrei, Charlie and William McFadden; and a great grandson, Julius Worth Nester.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim McConnell and the Rev. John Ferree officiating. Burial will follow at Dawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 175 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville NC 28785 or The Open Door Ministries, 32 Commerce Street, Waynesville NC 28786.

The care of Mr. Ross has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

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