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MELISSA S. ROSS

A Celebration of Life for

Melissa Denise Stokeling Hobes Ross

will be held on Saturday, November 05, 2016

beginning at 11:00 AM, Magnolia Baptist Church,

415 Hosie Waters St., Montezuma, GA

 

 

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In God’s infinite wisdom, the six day of December 1969,  chose to bring forth a humble vessel and named her Melissa Denise Stokeling.  This blessed creation was brought forth through the God given union of Albert Hobes and Mary Ann Stokeling. 

She joined the Magnolia Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. Richard Lockett.   Melissa graduated in 1987 from Macon County High School.  She matriculated her educational studies at South Georgia Technical College receiving a Diploma in Business Education.   On May 23, 1992, she joined in holy matrimony to Kelvin Ross and to this union one child was born, Kelvin Ross, Jr.  She later enhanced her education by enrolling at Fort Valley State University, receiving an Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Infant and Child Development.  Melissa knew the importance of education, therefore, she continued until she earned a Master Degree from Walden University.   Melissa being a passionate advocate of early learning utilized her knowledge as a teacher for Fort Valley State University Headstart program.   She was motivated and determined to improve the learning outcomes, living standards, academics and professional success of her students.

In her spare time, she enjoyed reading all types of novels, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.  Melissa played a vital role in the creation of the “Bright, Bold, and Beautiful Enrichment Day Camp for young female students in Taylor County.  She was a graduate of Leadership Taylor Class of 2007 and she assist with the organization of Youth Leadership Taylor County.  Melissa served as a board member for the Taylor County Department of Family and Children Services, appointed by the Taylor County Board of Commissioners. 

Melissa's  love for her faith and family will be forever cherished by the following:  one son. Kelvin Ross, Jr.; parents;   Mary Ann Stokeling and Albert Hobes, Sr., six brothers, Christopher Moore, Kelvin Stokeling, Marcus Stokeling, Jessie Kaigler, Albert Hobes, Jr. and Roderick Hobes; four sisters, Betty Stokeling, Jennifer Hobes, Ruthie Hobes, and Rose Marie Hobes,; grandmothers, Claudia Mae Henderson and Rosa Thomas, a devoted and dear friend of 29 years,  D.Elaine Smith; one special nephew, Tudarius Stokeling, one special niece, Kellie Stokeling; Devoted Aunt, Debra Hobes; three God-Children, Erica Little, Kirby Rachalla, and Shanterria Harris and host of other relatives and friends. 

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  • Gloria Buckle (Tuesday, November 01 16 09:07 pm EDT)

    Rest In Paradise my friend. Love you

  • Lonnie Holder (Tuesday, November 01 16 09:41 pm EDT)

    Melissa was remarkable woman who love everyone and never met a stranger. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. Melissa is in a better place and her positive marks will forever live on through the lifes that she touch here while on earth. RIP my sister.

  • Dee (Tuesday, November 01 16 10:08 pm EDT)

    R.I.P. Lisa ! Gone so soon. You gained your wings today! You fought a strong fight. Now its your time to rest. We love you and will never forget you. Henderson Family

  • Carrie McClendon (Tuesday, November 01 16 10:25 pm EDT)

    Rest In Peace my dear friend.....I will forever remember you and your kindness.....We love you but God love you more...Fly high in Heaven

  • lorenzo howell (Tuesday, November 01 16 10:27 pm EDT)

    Praying for the family and the son that she leaves behind.

  • Tueisha Grant (Tuesday, November 01 16 10:35 pm EDT)

    To the Stokling-Hobes Ross families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Sorry for your loss.

  • Brenda Gates (Tuesday, November 01 16 11:01 pm EDT)

    Sexy Chocolate is what I called her but God called her Daughter. Melissa my fun, loving and positive friend will surely be missed but because of the love we shared makes missing you not seem so bad. I thank God for the relationship that you and I shared. Many memories, many laughters, many cries but we shared many talks about what means the most...God! Rest in the Lord my friend and know that you touched many lives here on earth in a positive way. You touched me! I love you and much love for KJ and the family. Sleep on my friend until our spirits are together again in heaven!

  • Lisa Robinson (Tuesday, November 01 16 11:31 pm EDT)

    Sending much love and prayer to the family. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Melissa through our mutual friend, Patty. Whether it was our trip to Atlantic Station or just dinner, I will treasure those memories. Melissa was always filled with a wealth of knowledge and from our conversations, she truly loved people, especially KJ. Praying that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all. God bless you!

  • Debra Felton (Wednesday, November 02 16 01:20 am EDT)

    RIP and my sympathy goes out to her family.May God provide comfort and peace to you all at this most difficult time.
    Former FVSU Headstart Teachers
    Debra Felton and Shelia Johnson

  • Patricia Walker (Wednesday, November 02 16 01:56 am EDT)

    Melissa was a nice person with a beautiful smile you will be missed by your family and friends you at peace so continue to rest on

  • Tiawanna McDonald (Wednesday, November 02 16 09:01 am EDT)

    Sleep in Peace Lisa. I'm going to miss you. I love you!

  • Valerie Price (Wednesday, November 02 16 09:56 am EDT)

    KJ, words may not be enough to express how sorry I feel. I cannot imagine the pain and sadness you & the is family is going through. I pray to God that he will give you comfort and strength to overcome the pain you are feeling. I were very shocked upon hearing the news, but we all know that God has a purpose for everything and I hope that he will give you the strength you need to make it through this difficult time. Melissa will always be in our memories for the rest of our lives and that big beautiful smile. I can't tell you not feel bad, but remember God makes no mistake for she is in a better place now. "Rest In Peace Melissa, you fought a good fight"
    2 Timothy 4:7
    “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

    Love you,
    Valerie Price & Family

  • Danny Braswell (Wednesday, November 02 16 10:07 am EDT)

    Such a wonderful person! May you Rest In Heaven!

  • Elaine Mcdonald (Wednesday, November 02 16 12:47 pm EDT)

    A very special lady has left us to be with Our Father who are in heaven cause he said your job here is done... beautiful smile and a special friend that I had the pleasure of working with. I'm deeply saddened for our lost but will forever miss you sleep on my beautiful sister REST IN PEACE..

  • MELVYNA CURGIL (Wednesday, November 02 16 12:49 pm EDT)

    TO THE ROSS, HOBESAND STROKLING FAMILIES PRAYING FOR YOU'LL

  • Ronita Shaw Collier (Wednesday, November 02 16 01:26 pm EDT)

    My condolences to the family. May you found strength and comfort in the Lord . RIP my cousin.

  • Grace Shaw Williams (Wednesday, November 02 16 01:32 pm EDT)

    My condolences to the family. RIP Melissa.

  • Ursula,Sheria,Paula,Cynthia &Juanita Shaw (Wednesday, November 02 16 03:41 pm EDT)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. RIP cousin Melissa.

  • Debretta Hinton- Middlebrooks (Wednesday, November 02 16 06:49 pm EDT)

    Melissa was a very sweet person,She always wore a smile..we had some great times in school..This is hard for me ,but I know you're smiling down on us..Sending prayers from my family to yours and The class of 87...

  • Courtney Towns (Wednesday, November 02 16 07:24 pm EDT)

    Melissa was a very sweet soul and she smiled through it all. God blessed the world with your presence to bring joy and she did just that. Rest in heaven angel & may God console her family.

  • Mechelle Carson (Wednesday, November 02 16 09:31 pm EDT)

    R.I.P. Melissa, GOD HAS CALLED YOU FORTH TO HEAR THOSE WORDS WE ALL LONG FOR...JOB WELL DONE MY CHILD.

  • Serdavius gray (Thursday, November 03 16 11:16 am EDT)

    The little I did know Melissa she was very nice and kind and sweet and intelligent i send my condolences to her son my classmate kj and the entire family Melissa will be missed by many people who loved her so dearly

  • Sara Walker (Thursday, November 03 16 03:22 pm EDT)

    TO THE STOKLING, HOBES, AND ROSS FAMILIES I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCESM, SYMPATHIES AND PRAYERS TO YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME OF YOUR LOSS. I PRAY THAT YOU ARE COMFORTED, CONSOLED, STRENGTHEN AND THAT YOU WILL FIND PEACE AS GOD HEAL AND MIND YOUR SHATTERED HEARTS!!! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER "Lisa", HER RADIANT SMILE, OUR RELATIONSHIP, AND THE SPECIAL PERSON SHE WAS TO ME!!!! REST IN PEACE MELISSA!!!!

  • Lathonia Joiner-Stokeling (Friday, November 04 16 10:59 pm EDT)

    The time came for you to say goodbye. Seeing your family's tears you told them not to cry; for you knew the plan that God had set, so you ask them not to fret, because you were in greater hands. Though you knew they would miss you; you told them not to worry, because this was not the end, but the beginning of your glorious life story.

    To Ms. Mary, her loving caretaker and mother, son-KJ, her sister-Betty, brothers- Chris, Kelvin, and Mark, keep trusting God. God knows we all Loved her, but He Loved her best. May God continue to heal your hearts and always remember "There is no hurt that God can't heal." I Love you all and may God, bless, keep, and strengthen you each and every day

  • Lathonia Joiner-Stokeling (Friday, November 04 16 11:12 pm EDT)

    The time came for you to say goodbye. Seeing your family's tears you told them not to cry, for you knew the plan that God had set, so you ask them not to fret, because you were in greater hands. Though you knew they would miss you; you told them not to worry, because this was not the end, but the beginning of your glorious life story.

    To Ms. Mary, her loving caretaker and mother, son-KJ, her sister-Betty, brothers- Chris, Kelvin, and Mark, keep trusting God. God knows we all Loved her, but He Loved her best. May God continue to heal your hearts and always remember "There is no hurt that God can't heal." I Love you all and may God bless, keep, and strengthen you each and every day!
    R.I.P. Lisa!

  • Sarah Mathis (Saturday, November 05 16 10:12 am EDT)

    This is an untimely loss but my prayers are with your family.

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