Ross N. Faires, Sr.

  • Born: July 20, 1934
  • Died: January 24, 2013
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Tribute & Message From The Family

Faires, Ross – age 78, of Knoxville, passed away at home on Thursday, January 24, 2013. He was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. He moved to East Tennessee in 1976 to become president of Tibbals Flooring Company (Hartco). A native of Indianapolis, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Glady, sons Kurt, Eric and Jay, grandsons Ross, Kurt J. and Jay, and daughters-in-law Debbie Stansberry Faires and Christie Sell. Ross served in the U.S. Army, was a graduate of Wabash College where he later served as Trustee and Trustee Emeritus and of Indiana University. After graduation, he worked for Cummins Engine Company and was a group president of Arvin Industries, both in Columbus, Indiana. A strong supporter of education and the arts, Ross founded a Saturday School in Scott County, Tennessee. He also served as president of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, chairman of the UT Chancellor's Associates, on the Tennessee Board of Regents and on the boards of First American National Bank, St. Mary's Hospital, First National Bank-Oneida, Webb School, Knoxville Zoo, Helen Ross McNabb Center and Knoxville Museum of Art. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. A memorial service will be held at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church at 2:00 pm Sunday with the Rev. Dr. L. Holton Siegling, Jr. the Rev. Dr. Michael V. Stanfield, LMFT and the Rev. Mark D. Lampley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, or Wabash College, 310 W. Wabash Avenue, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at