James Alan Ross

Charleston, WV

James Alan Ross

James Alan Ross, 67, of Charleston, passed away on August 27, 2019.

James was born in Wenatchee Washington on June 26, 1952 to the late Helen and Eskum Clyde Ross.  He lived in Charleston West Virginia and journeyed to many lands in-between.

James was a renaissance man. He was a Vietnam veteran, a beautiful woodworker and an effective, passionate fundraiser for his community.

He was a beloved husband to Debby Weinstein, adored father to Tricia, Wayne, Jessica and Rachael, and grandfather to Nathaniel, Joshua, Gabriel, and Ayden.  James is also survived by his three treasured sisters, Marilyn, Cindy and Debbie, and his new found family in Grayson, Kentucky.

A Celebration of James’s life will be held at 6:00 pm Saturday November 7, 2019 in the grand lobby of the Clay Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to The Childhood Language Center (, or to The Center for Independent Documentary and put “The Wake Up Call” in the memo line, 1300 Soldiers Field Road, Suite #5 Boston, MA 02135.  The film, “The Wake Up Call,” is a documentary about the remarkable work that Vietnam Veterans have done after their return from the war.

Memories of James may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

3 replies
  1. rick sadolf says:

    I have known James for as long as he has been a part of my good friend Debbie’s life. I know him to be not only my friend, but one of the nicest, friendliest, and sincere persons I have ever known. his smile is unmistakable, and his spirit emanates from very high places. he was and remains a force to the charleston community, and to the people closest to him. I will miss him, as my heart squeezes for him, and his soulmate Debbie. may God shower him with a cascade of blessings.

  2. Brian Hicks says:

    Deep condolences to the Ross family over the passing of James. James will be deeply missed for all the positive things he has done for so many but especially his service and caring to the Childhood Language Center.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this challenging time.

    Brian Hicks

  3. John Barrett says:

    James was an inspiration to me. I always felt lifted up after talking with James. So positive, can-do, giving, and loving. I was blessed to know him and he will continue to inspire me. My deepest condolences to Deb and the family.


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