Walter Franklin ‘Red’ Rose age 86 of Ahoskie died Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital. Red was born January 18, 1922 in Yadkin County to the late Molly Sturdivant Rose and Eugene Franklin Rose.
During World War II he served with the 712th Tank Battalion of the 90th Infantry, 3rd Army under General Patton. Throughout his life he remained in contact with his comrades and was one of three remaining survivors.
In 1947 he married the late Doretha Pearle Chappell. He founded what is now known as Rose Brothers Paving Company, Inc. with his brother Issac Sandy Rose in 1952. The brothers moved the grading and paving business to Ahoskie and Edenton area in the early sixties from the northwestern part of North Carolina.
He is survived by three sons, Walter Frank Rose, Jr. and wife Penny, Jeffrey Chappell Rose and wife Jeanna all of Ahoskie, and Eugene Timothy Rose and wife Sue of Wake Forest, and a sister Anna Faye Rose Martin of Hendersonville. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Chip Rose, Laura Rose Neelon, Holt Rose, Taylor Rose, Lauren Rose, Stephen Rose, O’ Anna Rose and Alex Rose and four great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie.
The family requests that memorials be made to Chowan University, Walter F. and Doretha C. Rose Scholarship, C/O Development Office, 1 University Place, Murfreesboro, NC, 27833.
Hello Rose Family,
Just wanted to pass along my condolences to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Frankie, Jeff, and Tim,
We were saddened to learn of Red’s death. He was a fine gentleman and we consider ourselves fortunate to have known him. We will see you when we return to NC.
To the Rose family,
You have our deepest sympathy in the
passing of Red – we thought a lot of
him and he will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Harold & Betty Clayton
I did not personally know Mr. Rose, but felt as a current employee of Rose Brother Paving, I had to express my sincere condolences to the entire Rose Family. My family & I pray that the wonderous mercy and grace of our Heavenly Father will give you comfort as well as strength to sustain you all.
I feel so blessed to have known Red and to have had the friendship and experiences throughout my life with him. My wife, Jonita who died five years ago, and I had many wonderful times and travels with him and Doretha. I would not take anything for the friendship and memories we had together. I will be forever grateful to him. He will always be in my prayers. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
To Chip & Family,
So sorry for your loss. My dad (William Grant) thought alot of Mr. Red. May the Lord continue to be with you and the rest of the Rose family during your time of sorrow. Stay strong and be blessed.
I am so sorry to hear of the death of your father. “Red” and Doretha meant so much to my father and mother, “Buck” and JoNita Hardee from Asheboro. My Dad is one of the three remaining survivors from their Army Batillion mentioned in your father’s obituary. The relationship the two of them had meant so much to my Dad. I’ve heard so many wonderful stories about the trips my parents and yours made together to so many places in the US and back to Germany and France. Those are memories my Dad will cherish forever. I never met your Dad, but want to let you know how grateful I am to him for having been such a special friend and comrade to my Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
We were sorry to hear of Red’s passing. They were dear friends. We had many good times with them. We have fond memories of each of you. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. Love to all.
We are so sorry to hear about Red. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Frankie, Jeff, Tim and all.
Just want you to know how much your family has meant to me and though I don’t see you much I know that you are already filling big shoes and will carry on a great legacy. Special thoughts and love.