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May 6, 1943 December 4, 2012
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Melvin Amos Gross, Sr.,69, of La Plata, MD passed away on December 4, 2012 at Genesis Healthcare-LaPlata, La Plata, MD. Melvin Amos Gross Sr. was born on May 06, 1943 to the late Matilda and Harry Gross Sr. of Lusby, Maryland. Melvin was educated by the Calvert County Public School System. He began working early in life, many different jobs. However, there were certain jobs that remained consistent in Melvin's life, such as working for several farms, especially, The Briscoe Family Farm, cutting tobacco and Warren Denton Seafood, shucking oysters. Melvin made an honest living doing these various jobs that required hard work, dedication, and self-reliance to succeed in these types of work environments. Also in his later years, he enjoyed landscaping for different families in St. Mary's County until his health began to decline. Although, Melvin battle with a chronic illness, he never complained about any adversities. He was truly an inspiration to many how he relied on his faith in God to see him through. Melvin was joined in holy matrimony to Debra Broome in 1968. There was one son, Melvin Amos Gross Jr. born of their union. Melvin was a loving husband, caring father, and a good provider for his family. Melvin was the kind of person who never passed a judgment about anyone and gave everybody a fair chance to be his 'friend or buddy'. He was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever he could. Melvin truly cherished his friendship with Reverend Alfred E. Statesman for many years. He also considered Joseph Gantt, Sylvester Ball and the late Joseph Ball as special friends in his life and his niece Gail Gantt. In addition, one hobby Melvin enjoyed was watching his favorite's baseball team, The Baltimore Orioles and football team, The Dallas Cowboys on television. He also loved spending time with family, attending church, driving his car, playing spades and bingo and enjoying his fried chicken with a Pepsi soda. Melvin will be truly missed by all who knew him, especially, his devoted son Melvin Jr. and sisters Olivia, Doris, Mildred, and Bertha. Melvin's wife Debra Gross and seven siblings preceded him in death: Harry Gross Jr., Matilda Gross, William Gross, James Gross, Mary Gross, Rosie Gantt and Margaret Gross. He leaves to cherish his fond memories: one son Melvin Gross Jr., four sisters, Olivia Gross, Doris Harris, Mildred Gross, Bertha Gross, one Aunt Rhatta Johnson, six sisters-in-Iaw, Evelyn Gross, Eva Gross, Bonnie Hawkins, Wendy, Bernella, and Phyllis Broome, three brother-in-law, George Harris, Lonnie Broome, Melvin Hawkins and ,a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and special friends.


Memorial Service at Southern Community Center 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, MD 20678


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