WEST LIMESTONE — Limestone County Coroner Mike West confirmed Friday that West Limestone resident Aaron Griggs Rose, 72, was killed at his residence Thursday afternoon when the lawn mower he was operating slipped into a pond and flipped over with him underneath it.
West said first responders were able to pull Rose out of the pond and attempted to resuscitate him all the way to the hospital, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Friends and relatives were in shock at the sudden loss of a man they said went out of his way to help those in need.
“He had a large extended family and was always available to help,” said Alice Glanton.
Rose was married to Glanton’s first cousin, Joyce Marbut. They lived in a brick home on Marbut’s curve off Alabama 99, and raised a family there.
“He was just a fine Christian man that will be greatly missed,” Glanton said. “We have a lot of good memories of him and his family.”
Glanton’s husband David formerly operated a feed-and-seed store in Lester called The Barn. David said Rose was a loyal customer for many years. News of the death of a man David and Alice lived close to and saw at least once a week for years left them feeling “very emotional.”
“We thought he was a great man — we knew he was,” David said.
Rose was retired from General Motors, and wife Joyce taught math at West Limestone High School for 35 years. According to the Glantons, the Rose family attended services at Salem Springs Baptist Church for at least 45 years with their daughter Page.
Visitation for Rose will be Saturday, May 18, from 6-9 p.m. at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Salem Springs Baptist Church with burial at Oak Grove Ceremony.
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