Marshall Edward Gross

September 23, 2017

Marshall Edward Gross, died peacefully surrounded by his family on September 23, 2017. He was born on January 9, 1938, in Asheville, NC to the late Charles D. and Libbie I. Gross. His brother, Joseph S. Gross and his sister, Muryel Sue Gross preceded him in death.

Marshall was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School in Asheville and attended N.C. State University. Marshall joined IBM in Asheville and enjoyed a variety of assignments in Endicott, NY, Columbia, S.C., and Charleston, S.C. before moving to Charlotte in 1979. He retired in 1994 after a proud and successful 28 years of service to the company.

Following retirement, Marshall enjoyed teaching computer courses through The Shepherd’s Center and volunteering with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. His biggest accomplishments were his two children and his two 13-year old granddaughters; Heide and Samantha. No grandfather could have been prouder.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Claudia H. Gross; a son, David Alan Gross and wife, Terri of Waxhaw, NC; a daughter, Shannon Rebecca Emmanuel and husband, Charlie of Charlotte; grandchildren, Heide Emmanuel and Samantha Gross.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Kenneth Poe Services; 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204.  A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Make-A-Wish Foundation Central and Western N.C. 1131 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204.

The family wishes to thank Marshall’s incredible team of physicians, the supportive staff of the Harris YMCA and Southminster for their love and guidance.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences at

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  • Angela Padula (Golden)

    Hello David, Shannon and Mrs. Gross,

    My heartfelt condolences to you all. I was so sad to hear this news and I am sending prayers for all of you during this very difficult time. I went to high school with David and was close to the family and always loved Mr. Gross. Such a dear, sweet man and I always enjoyed the time I spent with your family. My thoughts are with you and hope you can find some strength in the memories of happier times you had with him.

  • Garry & Sharon Meiggs

    Dear David and Terri,
    We would like you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this
    difficult time. We didn't have the opportunity to know your father David, but we know he was a good man
    because he raised a fine son. We hope to see you and Terri sometime soon.
    Garry & Sharon Meiggs

  • John Spence

    David, So sad to learn of the loss of your father. I pray that the sorrow is brief, and the fond memories that you have will be everlasting.

  • John Spence

    David, So sad to learn of the loss of your father. I pray that the sorrow will be brief, and fond memories of your father be everlasting.

  • Charles Hensley

    I'm really sorry to hear of Marshalls passing .
    My condolences to his family . He will be missed.
    I did not see much of him , since we lived in different cities,however we never failed to meet and talk at the 55 class reunions . He's one great ? friend !!

  • Kim Clewell

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Please know you are in our prayers.

    Kim, Brianna, Arianna & Summer Clewell

  • Jerry and Rita Ratchford

    I helped Marshall teach computer courses at Southminster with the Shepherd Center. We were good friends and had lunch occasionally. He had a gift of explaining Computers to all kinds of students in a very kind and friendly way. He was dedicated to teaching Seniors about using the computer. He was a wonderrful man and I have fond memories. I will keep
    Marshall in my daily prayers. Rita took two o his courses and loved his presentation. May his soul rest in peace.