Obituary for Kerry N. Ross of Southern Pines 

Kerry N. Ross, 67, of Southern Pines, NC passed away Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Duke Medical Pavilion in Durham, NC.  

Kerry was born in Albemarle, NC on September 9, 1955 to the late Dr. Willis Richard Ross and the late Norma Long Ross.

He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years Vickie Jean Carlsen; sons Douglas and Philip (wife Michelle); and daughter Kristen; granddaughter Hope; sister-in-laws’ Jane and Cindy, and nephews Eric and Alex; nieces Genevieve, Nikki and Katie. He is also survived by his dogs Ozzy and Bella.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by all three brothers Richard, Danny and Tommy Ross.

Kerry was born and raised in Albemarle, North Carolina. After completing his bachelor’s at UNC Charlotte, he proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the US Navy. After retiring from the Navy, he excelled as a pharmaceutical rep for almost two decades, consistently achieving All-Star sales achievements while raising his son, Douglas in Bakersfield, California. He met and married the love of his life, Vickie in 2003 and welcomed her and her two children, Kristen and Philip, into the family. Over the next 20 years, he would find his true calling and graduated with his Master’s in Social Work from UNC Pembroke and pursued his second career in the field of social work.

Kerry was a man who always demonstrated his love and affection for friends and family through service. This could be observed through his many years as a 32nd degree Master Mason and Shriner, his volunteer work with hospice services at Liberty, and even as Vickie’s race manager when she began running half marathons. He enjoyed a strong cup of coffee, a black and white western, and a good nap.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28th at 2 pm at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or a charity of your choice.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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