Harold C. Rosser, 89, passed away March 20, 2014.

Born in Oneida, he was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Beulah Rosser; sister, Janice Kidd; brother, Phillip Wayne Rosser; and brothers-in-law, Corwin Dunford and Bobby Dunford.

He was a World War II Pilot with 78 missions flown in P-38s, 40s and 47s, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a former businessman, and civic and lay religious leader. After training at the University of Tennessee, he joined East Tennessee Natural Gas Company in 1951. He rose from dispatcher to assistant secretary and general manager of subsidiary Gas Equipment Engineers until his retirement in 1986. He was instrumental in forming the first Bearden High School booster club in the mid 1960's, and for years served on the board of directors of the Knoxville Rescue Mission, predecessor to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, where he also conducted weekly worship services. He and his wife also conducted Sunday morning worship services for many years at Cagle Terrace senior citizens apartments. A frequent speaker on his war experiences during his retirement years, he also authored three books: "For Lack of a Meddlesome Preacher"; "Takeoff From Hazel Valley", and "No Hurrahs for Me."  He was a long-time Sunday school teacher and deacon at Central Baptist Church-Bearden.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Virginia Dunford Rosser; children: Margaret (john) Jones, Richard H. (Deborah) Rosser, William R. (Linda) Rosser, Mark A. (Robin) Rosser, and Lynn Yates; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Howard (Evelyn) Rosser and Vernon (Geraldine) Rosser; in-laws: Allen and Jean Marcum, Harold and Dorothy Dunford, Gerald Dunford, Lola Jean Rosser, and Juanita Dunford; and many other relatives.

Celebration of life was conducted March 23, at Central Baptist Church, Bearden, with Dr. Larry Fields, Rev. Jim Henry, and Rev. Al Royer officiating. Interment was conducted March 24, at Lynnhurst Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com.

Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.