Ashe County resident turns 100

Wil Petty

July 17, 2014

An Ashe County resident celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, July 13 with family, friends and many of the community’s leaders in attendance.

Llewellyn Zwicker Gross was born on July 13, 1914, to Alfred William Gross and Emma Julia Gross. Gross had two brothers and one sister, who are all deceased.

Born in Monticello, Illinois, Gross lived a life that included a marriage, working as a professor and remaining active in church.

Gross and Genevieve Louise Billings were married on Sept. 19, 1936. The couple had three children: two boys and one girl.

In addition, Gross has three grandchildren, as well as three great-grandchildren.

For a career, Gross worked as a professor at the State University of New York’s Buffalo Campus. He retired from teaching in 1982, and then relocated to North Carolina.

A religious man, Gross attends the Boone Universalist Fellowship Church in Watauga County.

Gross was presented a fruit basket from Ingles in celebration of his 100th birthday.

Among family and friends, Gross also celebrated his birthday with Ashe County Manager Sam Yearick, County Commissioner William Sands.

In addition, Richard Blackburn, chairman of Ashe Services for Aging, Charles Caudill, senior TarHeel delegate and Clara Miller, senior TarHeel alternate were also in attendance for Gross’ birthday.

Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.