Obituary: Ross Alfred Gallant

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Ross Alfred Gallant, 60, of Cord, Arkansas passed away March 18, 2021.

He was born Dec. 16, 1960, in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Alfred D. and Evelyn Jean (Turnipseed) Gallant.

Ross was a kind, big-hearted man who loved life. If you ever met him you know how he made everyone feel like they were his best friend. No one got away from him without hearing a joke.

He graduated from Nettleton High School in 1979. In college, he played basketball at SBC in 1981, Arkansas College, and later graduated from ASU in 1984. He would tell you he was the best player in the south and even won JUCO player of the year in 1981.

After graduating, Ross took over the family business, Gallant Equipment Co., from his father Alfred. He eventually sold the business to Jordan’s. He continued giving that same Gallant work ethic to Jordan’s for five years.

If you ever had a question about sports Ross had an answer. He loved watching his boys play, and tried to never miss a game. Even after his boys graduated he continued supporting the local teams.

Ross was a family man. He always said when he got his wife and kids that he hit the lottery. Then he got his grandbabies and he said he got lucky enough to hit the lottery twice. Those girls were his pride and joy.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married June 17, 2004, Tammy (Strecker) Gallant of the home; three sons, Hunter Gallant (Haley) of Batesville, Justin Gallant (Ashley) of Batesville, and Chance Gallant of Sacramento, California; one brother, Cloyce Miller (Kaye) of Tucson, Arizona; two sisters, Janet Shropshire (Dwane) of Groesbeck, Texas, and Jennifer Gallant of North Little Rock; two grandchildren, Heidi and Hattie Gallant, as well as several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers are Jackie McClure, Leonard Davis, Paul McDonald, Brad Griffin, Greg Shropshire, Donnie Wright, Sonny Campbell, Steven Vaughn, and Eric Schultz. The honorary pallbearer is Riley Caraway.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Batesville with Adam Hughes officiating. A private graveside service will be held.

Visitations will be held one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN., 38105.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks and social distancing will be observed. In regulation with the CDC guidelines, attendance limits have been lifted.

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