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Obituary: Ross Faires, Knoxville, Tenn.


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Ross Faires, 78, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away at home on Thursday, January 24, 2013. He was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church and retired from 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. He moved to East Tennessee in 1976.

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 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Mann Mortuary in Knoxville. A memorial service will be held at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra or Wabash College, 310 W. Wabash Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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