Walter Brooks Cross, Jr. DAVIDSON - W. Brooks Cross, Jr., 82, of Davidson, passed away in the evening of Friday, May 9, 2014, at Levine & Dickerson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. He was born in Gastonia on October 16, 1931, to the late Clara Smith Cross and Walter Brooks Cross, Sr. He was proceeded by his sisters, Wanda C. Gaston of Salisbury and Beverly C. Bradford of Huntersville. Survived by nieces and nephews, Cecil D. Bradford III, Beverly B. Woods, Smith C. Bradford, Melanie B. Frear, Edward R. Gaston and Meredith G. Horton. Uncle Brooks grew up on the Cross home place "Cedarfield" three miles west of Huntersville he graduated from Long Creek High School and joined the Navy and served and on the destroyer USS Taylor during the Korean war. After the war he returned home and went to work for the phone company serving the Davidson and Cornelius area and later moved to Wilmington with the Southern Bell. During this time he acquired his private pilot license and purchased a two seater airplane. He decided to make flying a career so he attended the Commercial Flight training School in Ardmore, OK and after graduation got a job flying crop dusters in Wisconsin and Minnesota. After several jobs he ended up in Rocky Mount as the owner of a home repair business until his retirement. He also spent many years as an employee of the YMCA in Rocky Mount. After his retirement Uncle Brooks to return to Huntersville to be close to his only surviving immediate family member, Beverly. Uncle Brooks was his own man. He was always doing things that other people only talk about doing. Always drove the classiest cars, competed in Archery, panned for gold, mined for ruby and emeralds, a passionate relic hunter, certified scuba diver, avid fisherman, flew many types of airplanes, master carpenter and a great person for his nieces and nephews to grow up around. A Military Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Huntersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery located off of Church Street in Huntersville. A reception will follow in The Community Room of James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Dr., Huntersville. The family would like to thank the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House for their excellent care of Uncle Brooks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. The nephews and nieces of Uncle Brooks has entrusted the funeral arrangements to James Funeral Home in Huntersville and online condolences can be made to jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.
James Funeral Home
10520 Arahova Drive Huntersville, NC 28078
Published in Charlotte Observer on May 18, 2014