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Morgan Ross Jr

Morgan St. Clair Ross, Jr., 87, former owner and publisher of The Ripley Bee, passed away on Saturday, February 17th, at Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville KY. He had been a resident of Ohio Valley Manor since November 2016; prior to that he had resided in Ripley his entire life. He was known to family and friends as Mo. He was born May 7, 1930 in Ripley, the son of Morgan St. Clair Ross, Sr. and Della Emery Ross. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1948. He played basketball and baseball in high school and also played baseball for a local team. Morgan was a lifelong sports enthusiast, a fan of the Reds, Bengals and the UC Bearcats. For a span of many years he attended the Kentucky Derby each May. His father purchased The Ripley Bee in 1925 and Mo started working at the paper when he was only nine years old. After graduating from high school he went to work at the paper full-time and he remained with the paper until the Bee was sold in 2000. He handled everything from the linotypes and different presses to advertising. He worked with his father, Morgan Sr., sister Jean Ross Rice and nephew David Rice. Also working at the Bee during his time there were longtime editor Bill Wylie and office staff Judith Edgington and Betty Campbell. Mo dedicated over 60 years to The Ripley Bee. Mo was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Ripley and held various positions related to church operations over the years. He was also a member of the Ripley Theater Guild and volunteered behind the scenes. He was predeceased by his parents, sisters Jean Rice and Virginia Rickey and brothers-in-law Charles Rice and Charles Rickey. He is survived by nephew David C. Rice of Ripley, niece Ellyn R. Grant (Russell) of Vero Beach FL, niece Rebecca A. Rickey (Gary L. Embrey) of Vero Beach FL and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews in Ohio and Florida. He is also survived by cousins Nicole Wright and Alyce Rose Stearns of Aberdeen and Tommy Emery of Georgetown.