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.