Duane Cross, age 92, of Johnson City, died Friday, January 13, 2012, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Sullivan and Washington County, he was a son of the late Rice H. Cross and Nancy Mottern Cross, of Piney Flats. Mr. Cross was born in Sullivan County and graduated from Mary Hughes High School and received a B.S degree from Milligan College.
He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater of operations in the Quarter Master Co. of the 24th Division.
Mr. Cross was a member of the Optimist Club and also of the Johnson City Country Club. He was a member of A.R.C. (Association of Retarded Citizens), and the Washington County Community Service. He was one of the founders of A.R.C. in 1961, and the Dawn of Hope. Mr. Cross served on the Board for a number of years for CORE-Residential Services.
He was a member of First Christian Church since 1959, Johnson City, and the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School Class. He served on several committees at First Christian Church.
Mr. Cross was President and CEO of Cross-Lacy Oil Company which served the Tri-Cities area for over 35 years. Duane was a great farmer and continued to grow beautiful tomatoes that were supplied by God’s beautiful rain and sunshine. Duane loved to play golf and spend time with his friends and family.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cross in preceded in death by brothers, Olin Cross, R.H. Cross and Kyle Cross; sisters, Marjorie Cross Ralph, Dorothy Cross Torbett, Martha Cross Lacy.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Norma Hughes Cross, Johnson City; Daughters, Diane Mullins and husband, Phil, Isle of Palms, SC, Pat Blakely and husband, Tom, Knoxville, Kay Cross Copp, Johnson City, Martha Cross, Johnson City; 7 grandchildren, Amy Allen and husband, Chris, Chuck Bower and wife, Christy, Ashley Askew and husband, Chad, Katherine McDonald and husband, Ben, Mary-Michael Conkin and husband, Mark, Martha-Wayne Fleming and husband, Brian, Emily Ann Jennings and husband, Matt; Twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Bill Cross and wife, Myrtle, Piney Flats.
The funeral service for Mr. Cross will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Monday, January 16, 2012, with Dr. Bill Gwaltney, Mr. Chuck Bower and Dr. Tim Wallingford, Minister, officiating.
The family will receive friends Monday from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. in the Atrium of First Christian Church prior to the service in the sanctuary.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 17, from the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Boone Dam V.F.W and members of the Army National Guard. Active pallbearers will be Chris Allen, Chad Askew, Mark Conkin, Dan Cross, Brian Fleming, Mike Lacy, Ben McDonald and Phil Torbett. Honorary pallbearers will be, Charlie McCoy, Reno Burleson, Dr. Gil Rannick, Hugh Bellamy, Frank Meroney, Harvey Carrier, Don McKelmont, and Don Ward. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Appalachian Funeral Home at 9:30 A.M. Tuesday to travel in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu flowers memorial contributions may be made to Milligan College, P.O Box 500, Milligan College, TN 37682; or the CORE Residential, 409 W. Walnut Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Memories and Condolences may be shared online at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Ave., is serving the Cross Family. (423) 928-6111