PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg’s Vice Mayor Carl “Mike” Ross has died.
Ross, who worked full time as an Education Services Specialist/Test Control Officer at Fort Lee, had a medical issue at Fort Lee on Friday and was transported to the hospital, according to sources. A spokesperson from Fort Lee confirmed that a civilian working with the Department of Defense died on post Friday. However, the base would not confirm the name of the employee.
A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Ross graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Virginia State University in 1974 and a Masters in Education in 1976.
He had worked for Petersburg City Council since July 2003 and previously served on the Petersburg Public School Board from 1995-2001.
Ross was recently voted to the position of Vice Mayor of Petersburg by his former council members.
Mayor W. Howard Myers issued the following statement in respect to Ross’ passing:
“I am saddened about the loss of Carl “Mike” Ross. His passing marks the end of someone who was an integral part of the city of Petersburg. His kind spirit will be sorely missed. I will miss the camaraderie he and I shared sitting next to each other during city council sessions. His life is in God’s hands now and I pray that we will continue to move forward as a city through his blessings. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this time of loss.”
Public visitation takes place on Wednesday, January 28 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Train Station.
A wake service will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. The service takes place at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, located at 800 Augusta Avenue.
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