I W Gross, affectionately known as "Dub," away on February 4 2024, in Southaven, MS, surrounded by his loving daughters. He was born on March 10, 1941, in Lee County, AR to Ike William Gross and Margaret Delainey (Lintz) Gross.
Dub had an illustrious career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, dedicating 32 years of his life to ensuring the timely delivery of mail to countless individuals. After retiring from the Postal Service, he found fulfillment working in security at the Gold Strike Casino. His strong work ethic and commitment to service were evident throughout his career.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Dub had a vibrant personality that left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. He possessed a unique ability to connect with people effortlessly and never met a stranger. His humorous and flirtatious nature brought joy and laughter to those around him. Dub's zest for life was contagious; he radiated an infectious energy that brightened any room he entered.
A man with a keen love for music, Dub often delighted in teaching his girls silly songs that would bring smiles to their faces. He made it a priority to create cherished memories by ensuring his daughters experienced summer vacations at Opryland every year. As an ardent fan of Willie Nelson's music, Dub found solace and inspiration in the heartfelt melodies produced by the iconic musician.
In addition to music, Dub harbored various hobbies and interests that enriched his life. A lover of gambling at the casinos, he enjoyed testing his luck and felt an undeniable thrill in taking calculated risks. His compassion extended beyond humans; Dub had a soft spot for animals and would readily take in any stray that crossed his path. Finding solace within the pages of books brought him immense pleasure as well.
Faith played a significant role in Dub's life, as he held a deep reverence for God. His spiritual journey was an integral part of his being, offering him solace, strength, and guidance throughout his life's triumphs and trials.
Among Dub's proudest accomplishments was the fact that he served as Elvis Presley's mailman. This unique connection brought immense joy to his life, and he cherished several tokens of appreciation received from the legendary musician. The association forged with Elvis symbolized the impact Dub had on others through his work and interactions.
Dub is preceded in death by his loving wife, Grace Gross, who stood by his side through thick and thin.
Dub leaves behind his daughters Donna Moore, Sandra Szekely, and Stacey Hoing (Ricky). Dub was also a grandfather to Randy, Jake, Mitch, Shain, Rikki, Michael Joseph, Courtnee Ko, Chris; and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is also preceded in death by his siblings John Albert , Janice, Bobby, Billy and Richard.
Dub's presence in the lives of family members and friends will be greatly missed. His infectious laughter, genuine kindness, and zest for life brought immeasurable joy to those fortunate enough to know him. Although he has departed this world physically, his vibrant spirit will forever dwell in their hearts.
In celebrating the life of I W "Dub" Gross, we remember a man whose uniqueness added color to the tapestry of our lives. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary individual today, let us honor him by embracing humor in our darkest moments, fostering connections without reservations, living life to the fullest extent possible while appreciating every precious moment gifted to us.
May his soul find eternal serenity, and may we carry forward his legacy of love, laughter, and zest for life.