ROANOKE RAPIDS — Mr. Joshua Bernard “J.B.” Rose, 94, of Roanoke Rapids, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at a Wilson healthcare facility.

He was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Northampton County, the son of the late Belle Hudson Rose and Joshua Cleveland Rose. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Davis Rose; brothers, Reynold and Donald; and half-sisters, Nettie V. Moore and Gustava Davis.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Bruce Manning of Roanoke Rapids; his sister, Corene Harris of Pendleton; his brother, Joseph Rose of Pendleton; sisters-in-law, Louise Rose of Selma, Alabama, Yvonne Davis of Chester, Virginia, Iola Gay (Kenneth) of Franklin, Virginia, and Gwen Davis of Tavares, Florida; brother-in-law, Dr. Alton Little of Bowling Green, Kentucky; his granddaughter, Melissa Moseley of Roanoke Rapids; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Olivia and Amelia Wright of Roanoke Rapids; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

He was the owner of Southern Crown Pest Control for 45 years and earned a reputation for quality work and treating his customers fairly. He enjoyed helping others and mentored many young men who worked for him over the years.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Cedarwood Cemetery, with Pastor Russ Collins officiating. Due to coronavirus, attendees are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Wrenn, Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids is handling the arrangements, where online condolences may be left at wrennclarke

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the mission fund of Galatia Baptist Church, 1219 Galatia Road, Seaboard, NC 27876.