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Howard Willen Cross

May 31, 1929 — January 3, 2024


Howard Willen Cross, age 94, of Albany passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

With heavy hearts, we gather to remember and honor the life of a remarkable man, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and veteran. At the age of 94, he peacefully embarked on his final journey, leaving being a legacy of love, courage, and selflessness.

Born on May 31, 1929, Howard Willen Cross lived a life that touched the hearts of all who knew him. A devoted husband, he shared decades of companionship and unwavering love with his beloved wife, Genevieve Cross of 76 years. Their enduring partnership was a source of inspiration, demonstrating the strength that love can bring even in the face of life's challenges.

As a father, he was a beacon of wisdom and support. He embraced the joys and responsibilities of parenthood with a steadfast commitment to nurturing a loving and close-knit family. His children carry with them the lessons of kindness, resilience, and the importance of family bonds that Pa (as he was known) so exemplified.

To his grandchildren, he was a source of endless stories, laughter, and gentle guidance. He reveled in the role of a doting grandfather, imparting not only his experiences but also the values that shaped his character. The memories created with him will forever be cherished, a testament to the special bond between generations.

He served his country with honor and distinction as a veteran of the Korean War. His commitment to duty, sacrifice, and the defense of freedom defined his character and left an indelible mark on the lives of those he served alongside. Today, we salute not only his military service but also the profound impact he had on the lives of countless individuals.

In his 94 years, he witnessed the ebb and flow of time, navigating it's challenges with grace and resilience. His life was a tapestry of experiences that included triumphs, challenges, and moments of quiet joy. Through it all, he remained a steadfast presence-- a cource of strength for his family and a beacon of hope for those who sought his guidance.

As we bid farewell to Howard Willen Cross in the physical realm, we carry forward the legacy he leaves behind. Let us celebrate the never faltering faith in Jesus Christ, enduring love, the indomitable spirit, and the profound impact he had on all our lives. While we mourn his absence, we also rejoice in the knowledge that his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to know him. We find peace in knowing he is in Heaven visiting with many loved ones that went before him.

May he find eternal peace, surrounded by the gratitude of friends and the love of his family. His memory will forever be a guiding light, inspiring us to live with the same courage, compassion, and dedication that defined his extraordinary life. He demonstrated honesty, love, and faith in Jesus Christ beyond measure.


He was the son of the late Roy O. and Bessie Cross.

He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Melba Riddle and Geneva Brown.


He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Cross,

his son, Dr. Tracy Cross and wife Jordan,

his daughter, Diane Cross,

two grandchildren, Annie Cross and Mary Willen Cross,

and one great-grandchild, Emersyn Glover.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cedar Hill Church in Howard Willen Cross' honor.


Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Military Honors.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Howard Willen Cross, please visit our flower store.

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