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  • Member Profile: Sharon Ross

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    As President of Ross-Clayton Funeral Home, Sharon Ross is the fourth generation to lead her family business, continuing a long legacy. But her position breaks new ground too; she’s the first woman to head the company.
    How long have you worked with Ross-Clayton Funeral Home? I have spent my entire life in and around the family business; however, I have officially worked in the family business for seven years, learning the basics from my father firsthand.
    What are your duties and responsibilities as president of the business? I provide leadership, establish policies, make important decisions to guide the direction of the company, maintain a standard of excellence and serve as the face of the business among clients and in the community.
    What are Ross-Clayton Funeral Home’s primary services? The main service of our business is to properly care for the deceased and to provide clear and compassionate assistance to each family as they become involved in making final arrangements. We offer pre-need funeral planning to assist clients with making key decisions about end-of-life costs and burial expenses.
    What do you enjoy most about working in your family’s business? I enjoy working alongside my mother and younger brother as we serve bereaved families. I appreciate working with our staff that I consider family as well. We love what we do! It is really nice to be able to work with staff members in a warm and supportive environment. My motto: “Funeral business is a calling — not a career; it is a lifestyle — not a livelihood.” I am extremely grateful to be a member of the funeral industry and to be a part of an important and meaningful profession.
    What’s your favorite aspect of your job? I love engaging with people. I enjoy conversation with new and returning clients as plans are organized to render our professional services. I also love how we are continuously broadening our efforts to give back to our city and community.
    What are your interests outside of work? I enjoy traveling, community service, attending church, walking and cocktails and conversations with friends.
    A Century of Service
    In 2018, The Ross-Clayton Corporation celebrated 100 years in business, during which time the City of Montgomery presented the company a historical marker. “We are proud to serve as the city’s oldest black owned business,” said Sharon Ross. “I aspire to bring new energy to the business while concentrating on the high standards and policies my late father set for the company. I am honored by the faith my father showed in my ability to follow in his footsteps and to employ what I know was his belief: ‘Care for those we serve and serve them well.’
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