Lewis Gross
Lewis Gross
  • August 11, 1920 - February 27, 2017
  • East Ridge, Tennessee

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F. Lewis Gross, 96, a longtime resident of Hamilton County, a veteran of World War II and a dedicated Christian, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.
"To live is Christ; to die is gain.''
Mr. Gross had been employed at Hart's Automotive Parts following school and then after World War II as assistant plant manager at Chris-Craft Boat Co. and in purchasing at CMI/Astec, the builder of road-paving equipment.
A native of Big Springs, Tenn., he moved to Bakewell and graduated with honors in 1938 from Soddy-Daisy High School. He also graduated from McKenzie Business School with honors.
Mr. Gross joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving over three years. He attended Yeoman's School and Bryant and Stratton Commercial School. He served at the Pentagon Bureau of yards and docks until commissioned to serve on the USS Burrows destroyer escort. Yeoman 1st Class Gross made 21 trips across the North Atlantic from New York to England via Florida.
He was involved with the massing of 101 ships heading to North Africa with troops and supplies. In 1945, he served in the South Pacific on submarine patrol duty in the Marshall Islands and the Philippines. He was involved with the removal of U.S. troops from Japan at Yokohama Bay.
A lifelong patriot proud of his Naval service, Mr. Gross was known to say he would gladly serve his country again.
Mr. Gross was long an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and president of the Lee Anderson Sunday School Class. He also served as an officer with the World Missions Committee and the Laymen's Club. He was a faithful prayer warrior. Every Sunday morning he gathered with pastors, officers and others to pray for the day's services.
Devout in his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, it was said of him, "He was small in stature, but a giant of a man in the Lord.''
Mr. Gross was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy "Dottie" Dean Gross; his parents Robert B. Gross Sr. and Dora Lewis Gross of Bakewell; his brothers, Martin Gross, Marvin Gross, Robert B. Gross Jr. and George "Buck" Gross.
He is survived by his daughters, Galia "GiGi" Gross and Connie (Rick) Crawford, Chattanooga; a granddaughter, Dr. Amity Chaudoin, and was "Poppy" to Preston Chaudoin, all of Herndon, Ky.
A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Gross will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rankin Wilbourne officiating.
Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Dr. John Boxell, Rick Crawford, Mike Doubleday, David Cooper, Mark Jenkins and Rudy Walldorf. Honorary pallbearers will be First Presbyterian deacons, former members of the Lee Anderson Class and members of the Ken Akin Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 4 to 7 PM at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home 404 South Moore Road and before the service Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church Connector.
Contributions may be made to the Flower Ministry of First Presbyterian Church, c/o Mrs. Connie Crawford, 554 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402; Bethel Bible Village, 3001 Hamill Road, Hixson, TN 37343; or Changed Lives, P.O. Box 100, Chattanooga, TN 37401.