Ross Faires, 78


Faires, Ross, 78, of Knoxville, passed away January 24, 2013, at home.

He was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church and retired from Tibbals Flooring Company (Hartco).  A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, he 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, he 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.

He is survived by his wife Glady; sons: Kurt, Eric and Jay; four grandsons; daughters-in-law: Debbie Stansberry Faires and Christie Sell; and many other relatives.

Memorial service was conducted January 27, at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church.

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