Memorials for Friends and Family of VA Dogs

This page is dedicated to the friends and family members of the staff and Veterans associated with VA Dogs who have passed on.


William “Bill” Tracy Ross

William “Bill” Tracy Ross lost his battle with Small Cell Lung Cancer on September 1, 2019. He fought hard for 2 years to battle it.

Bill was born in Detroit, MI on March 28, 1964. He enjoyed being a brother, uncle, husband, dad and friend to many.

He always made people laugh & brought joy to the lives of all he encountered in life’s adventures. Bill loved his family, cooking, & working on cars.

He also volunteered his time at Tivy JROTC and Girl Scouts.

Bill is survived by his wife, Teri Jones, children Brianna, Marcus, and Caitlin Jones. His siblings Jeff “Red” & Debbie Ross, Amy &Willis Johnson, Nancy & Jeff Spivey, Susan & Rick Gonyea; his father Gordon & Norma Ross; grandmother Betty Holmes; nephews Jeff “JR” Ross, Travis Ross, Stephen Johnson, Matthew Johnson and niece, Elizabeth Johnson.

Bill is proceeded in death by his grandfather William Holmes, mother Linda Holmes Ross, and brother Scott Ross.

Memorial Service will be at First Baptist Church, 625 Washington St, Kerrville at 2pm on September 28,2019.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to Peterson Hospice.


John W. “Smitty” Smith

John W.”Smitty” Smith born in Beeville, Texas on September 25, 1926; went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2019 at the age of 92. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Lillian F. Smith. Survivors include his loving daughters Debbie S. Simpson and Christie S. Kitchens, Grandchildren Christopher Draffkorn, Matthew Simpson, Gary Simpson, Cory Simpson, Michelle Dawdy, Christina Delgado, Carol Reichenbacher, Chris Yarborough and their Spouses and numerous Great Grandchildren along with other family members and friends. His second wife Margie E. Smith also precedes him in death.

Smitty was a very talented man. He started working at an early age to help support his Mother and other Family members doing various odd jobs including driving a truck. He soon worked alongside one of his Uncles as a Carpenter. They worked at Lackland AFB in San Antonio to build the Barracks for the troops.

Not long after that Smitty started driving 18 wheelers/ Big Rigs. He hauled film to Movie Theatres throughout Texas, hauled cars out of Detroit and so forth. When he started hauling Petroleum Products, he seemed to have found his calling. He worked for Union Transport for a few years then went on to Coastal Transport. There he found a group of folks that became “Part of the Family” as he did with them. He had many adventures including hauling Antique and Classic Cars with Kenneth Wagner for their boss Bob Atwell. They were quite the Pair. They traveled to Many Prestigious Car Shows including the Pebble Beach Show.

Smitty enjoyed spending time with his family. They would go on “Sunday drives” and he would show them new places he had found along his drive while working. Sometimes it was a great little spot to get Honey, get a good Meal, a New Bakery or Texas Historical sites. It was never dull.

Smitty enjoyed Dancing, Fishing, Hunting, Gardening and a variety of other activities. He was also an Ace at Grilling and making Margaritas.
More than all of that he was a Great Husband and a Wonderful Daddy!

Bill with his wife, Teri

Bill with his wife, Teri

John “Smitty” Smith

John “Smitty” Smith