Nashville Honky Tonk entrepreneur Alton Ross Jr. dies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN)– Alton Ross Jr. passed away suddenly on December 1st, 2019 at 83 years old.

He was born in Tompkinsville Kentucky and was a sports star at Tompkinsville High School.

He started his career managing a Fruit of the Loom plant in Lafayette.

He left manufacturing to become a stockbroker, eventually rising to the position of partner and head of retail sales for the Tennessee region of Nashville-based J.C. Bradford & Co.

He was proud of Nashville’s downtown growth and Broadway’s stature with music lovers.

Al had a vision to buy property on Broadway.

Establishments with which he was involved include Honky Tonk Central, Rippy’s Bar & Grill, Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Rock ‘n’ Roll Steakhouse, The Diner, and Old Hickory Country Club.

For a time, he owned the Nashville Kats Arena Football League team.

He was a member of the U.S. Army.

He was also a volunteer every Monday since 2015 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

He donated a room at the hospital in honor of his two granddaughters, Lindsey & Jessica.

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