Robert T. Cross (November 28, 1938 - June 10, 2023)

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Robert T. Cross
  • November 28, 1938
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  • June 10, 2023

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Robert T. Cross passed away on June 10, 2023, with his family at his side. Robert, “Bobby,” was born on November 28, 1938, to Clarence and Martha Cross in Eustis, Florida. He graduated from Ocala High School in 1957 before going on to work as a cable splicer for the Florida Telephone Company, “running trouble calls,” for the majority of his career. He enjoyed his work with the phone company which involved driving through the Ocala National Forest in his telephone truck along with his various “helpers” over the years.

Bobby loved his Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles (GO NOLES!!) and traveled to many games, including The Sugar Bowl and The Gator Bowl during Bobby Bowden’s coaching reign. Bobby also enjoyed watching Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football and Tampa Bay Rays Baseball games. In retired life, afternoons were spent watching “The Young and The Restless”, “General Hospital”, and “The Bold and The Beautiful” while drinking root beer.

Bobby and his wife hosted countless parties during their early years of marriage, and all enjoyed dancing to the tunes of Elvis Presley and other artists of the 1950s, as well as singing along to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and a “Boy Named Sue.”  He also enjoyed “trick” water skiing in his younger years and was an avid lifelong collector of old coins and cars. His automobile collection included a 1957 Chevrolet Bellaire, 1967 Camaro, 1971 Pontiac LeMans, and a 1974 Corvette Stingray. He was a great friend to many, and he always had a beer ready for visitors.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Frances Wigelsworth Cross of Ocala, FL; children Nancy Cross, (Richard Stover) of Raleigh, NC; Bobby Cross (Olga) of Silver Springs, FL; Billy Cross of Ocala, FL; and Greg Cross of Orlando, FL; his grandsons, Zack Cole of Raleigh, NC, and Ben Cole of Charlotte, NC; and his grand dog, Junk Cross.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Cross of Ocala, FL; his sisters Betty Howell and Sara Bethea, both of Ocala, FL; and his brothers C.R. Cross, of Crystal River, FL, James Cross, Keith Cross, and William (Billy) Cross, all of Ocala, FL; and his grandson, Daniel Cross, also of Ocala, FL.

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Dr. William Dresen, Bobby’s cardiologist, and his Team for their devoted care for over 40 years. The family also extends deepest appreciation to Dr. Edward Lazo, Sally Lazo, and the entire Lazo Medical Team for their excellent and compassionate care for Bobby throughout the years. In addition, the family sincerely thanks Erin Starner, Bobby’s great niece, Mike Howell, his nephew, Sandra Park, Mary Beth Hunter, and Judy Sapp, his nieces, and his neighbor, Mike Boyle, and family, for their acts of kindness and companionship over the years.

A Celebration of Bobby’s Life will take place on September 3, 2023, at 3 pm at the home of his niece Judy Sapp at 4215 SE 110th Street, Belleview, FL. Attendees are invited to wear FSU garnet and gold attire. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association or Marion County Animal Services at 5701 SE 66th Street, Ocala, Florida 34480 in honor of Bobby.


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Location:
Judy's Home
4215 SE 110th Street, Belleview, FL 34420
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Date & Time:
September 3, 2023 at 3:00 PM


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  1. Jennie Howell lit a candle:
    18 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 18, 2023 at 8:33:45 PM

  2. Jennie Howell says:
    18 Aug 2023
    Uncle Bobby,
    You and uncle Billy were my two favorite uncles. I have so many fond memories of you growing up. I remember your favorite line to all of us as kids…”What was your name before you got married?” We were kids! I remember in Glynwood when you’d drive by our house on your way home right up the street you’d blow the wolf whistle you had on your red 1960 Impala. You always had cool cars. I can still hear your voice when you didn’t want to do something you’d act like a kid and whine “Awwwwww”. I could go on and on. I know mama is glad here baby brother is back in the fold. I remember her saying it was always the 3 of you…you, Billy and her. The 3 musketeers. Going to the movies on a Saturday. C.R. would give her a little money for the three of you. I think she said you could all get in to the movie and have a snack for about a quarter. All the Cross kids are reunited at last. The C.R. and Martha Cross family is all together again. I know it’s a joyous happy day in Heaven. I will miss you dearly. Rest in Peace. I love you, Jennie

  3. Linda Hartwick lit a candle:
    15 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 15, 2023 at 8:53:43 PM

  4. Mai Postal-Lannning says:
    15 Aug 2023
    You were the best dad in the world. Love Mai.

  5. Gina lit a candle:
    15 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 15, 2023 at 8:15:01 PM

  6. clarence w cross says:
    15 Aug 2023
    LOVE YOU DAD YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART

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