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Ezekiel S. Cross

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Ezekiel S. Cross 1931 - 2008 SHAFTSBURY, VT. Ezekiel S. Cross, 76, retired Assistant Judge of Bennington County died Feb. 29, 2008 at Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Bennington on Oct. 2, 1931, son of Ezekiel A. and Inez Montgomery Cross, he was raised on the family dairy farm on Harwood Hill, Route 7A. He attended local schools and Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. In 1997 he attended the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev. He proudly promoted for the Bennington Banner for 40 years. He loved the town of Shaftsbury and served it faithfully beginning in 1964 as a selectman. He continued to serve for nine years and was a Justice of the Peace for 15 years. Mr. Cross served the State of Vermont on various boards including the Health Policy Council and the Lottery Board. In 1988 he was elected to the office of High Bailiff of Bennington County. At the time of his death he was a member of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bennington, the local and state levels of the National Grange and held offices in the local Grange, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Bennington Lodge 567, Vice Chairman of AARP 269, the National Judges Association and the State and County Judges association. He and his wife, the former Mary Lou Reed, enjoyed traveling in the United States and England. He was also a partner in Mary Lou's Bakery for 30 years. Mr. Cross leaves his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou Cross of Shaftsbury; a son, Peter Cross and his wife Paula; two daughters, Kimberly Bessette and her husband, Stephen, and Doris Bigart and friend, Michael Lemieux; his daughter-in-law Pamela Cross; five grandchildren, Eric Cross, Joshua Cross, Christy Bigart, Alex Cross and Emily Cross, and two great-grandchildren, Cole and Makenna Cross; his brother, Carroll Cross, his sister, Freida Pello Sears, and his mother-in-law, Mae Reed age 91. He was preceded in death by his son, Alan, who died in 1988 and his son-in-law, Todd Bigart, who died in 2004. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for Mr. Cross will be held Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 11 a.m. at HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vt. The Rev. Deborah Estey of the First United Methodist Church in Bennington will conduct the service. Interment will follow in the family lot in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The following organizations are asked to meet at the funeral home at 6:30p.m. on Wednesday to pay their respects. Taconic Grange 491 and BPOE 567, Bennington Lodge. A time of fellowship and refreshments will be held at the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 567 Bennington Lodge, following the service on Thursday. If friends desire memorial gifts in Mr. Cross's memory may be made to either Taconic Grange 491 Shaftsbury or to BPOE 567 Bennington Lodge Silver Towers, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. To send the family of Mr. Cross personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, VT.]]>
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 3, 2008
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