Sanford Troy “Papa” Cross, Sr., 92, of Cary died June 28, 2012.
Sanford was born in Wake County on May 26, 1920 to the late Charlie H. Cross, Sr. and Nellie Jones Cross. He served in the US Air Force during WWII and was stationed at the Presque Isle Air Force Base in Presque Isle, Maine when he met his wife Natalie Monteith Cross. Sanford worked at Carolina Rim and Wheel Company which became AEA of Raleigh where he retired as store manager. He enjoyed gardening, tinkering with anything that had an engine, sitting on the porch and talking with everyone who passed, visiting friends at “the store” and perhaps most of all, having family gatherings where he would always exclaim, “great party.”
Sanford is survived by his wife of 69 years, Natalie M. Cross; daughters, Sandra Cross of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dawn Stephens and husband, William of Cary; son, Sanford Cross, Jr. and wife, Pam of Raleigh; grandchildren, Donna Hayhow and husband, Steve of Cincinnati, Mark Kent and wife, Kendra of Charlotte, Monica Williford and husband, Brian of Cary, Erik Kent and wife, Jessica of Cary, Todd Stephens and wife, Barbara of Apex; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kristen Hayhow, Alexis and Nicholas Kent, Hayden and Collin Williford, Ava Stephens; siblings, Pearl Johnson of Wendell, E.H. Cross and wife, Dot of Raleigh; sister-in-law Evelyn Cross of Garner; many nieces , nephews and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Sanford was preceded in death by his siblings, Missouri Poole, Frank Cross, Lydia Watkins, Mary Newton, Lizzie Carter and Charlie Cross, Jr.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care provided by the staff of Interim Healthcare and The Manor Village at Preston. Sanford was fortunate to have dedicated caregivers to help make him feel special each day.
The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. (919.787.2766) A private family graveside service will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity.
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