J.M. “Shorty” Cross, 83, a lifelong resident of Polk County, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the home of his daughter.
He was employed with the Polk County Road Department for 12 years and later retired from Cleveland High School after six years of employment.
He was a member of Old Ocoee Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He enjoyed hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Cross and Lilly Mae Cross; and son, Randy Cross.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jo Ann Cross of Benton; children: Juanita Myers (J.C.) of Calhoun, Mike Cross of Benton, Boots Cross (Candi) of Athens and Anita Thomas (Roy) of Athens; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Katherine Branam of Florida; brothers: Jack Shook of Chattanooga, Tom Shook of Birchwood, Alvin Shook and Sprauley Shook, both of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. David Qualls and the Rev. Jason Barnes officiating.
Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens with Justin Myers, Jason Shamblin, Matthew Welch, Roy Keith, Dennis Bishop and Ronnie Pruiett serving as pallbearers. Daniel Welch, Trayce Shamblin and Alex Burnette will serve as honorary pallbearers.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at funeral home in Benton.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Cross family guest book at www.fikefh.com
Fike Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.