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Ronald Gary Cross, 64, of Nantahala Community died Thursday, September 26, 2013. He was a graduate of Brevard College and East Carolina University and received his master’s degree from Western Carolina University. He taught for 33 years at Nantahala School and Andrews Middle School and for many of those 33 years, Gary coached basketball. He was a member of the Andrews Masonic Lodge No. 529. He was a former member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at Briartown Baptist Church. Gary loved his family and friends, but loved God first. He was a gifted storyteller and loved his community and was always ready to lend a helping hand.


He was the son of the late Carl and Anna Jean May Cross.


Surviving are his wife, Janet Kammerer Cross; two daughters, Maggie Brostic and husband, Mark of Cullowhee, NC and Lindsay Bauder and husband, Charlie of Toccoa, GA; a sister, Nancy Solesbee of Andrews; a brother, Donald Cross and fiancé, Denise of Nantahala Community; a nephew, Tim Solesbee and wife, Jennifer; several other well loved nieces, nephews, and in-laws; and several special friends.


Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 29 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with the Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Interment was in Briartown Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sidney May, Hoyt Owenby, Kenneth Solesbee, Rodney Chastain, Joe Barton, and Bill Shields. Honorary pallbearers were JC May, Ed Trask, Rick and Ron Trammell, and Jerry Day.


The family received friends from 12:30-1:45 Sunday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in honor of Ronald Gary Cross to the Nantahala Fire and Rescue, 19036 Wayah Rd., Topton, NC 28781.


Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.



#8 Paul Wilson 2013-11-24 10:00
I was fortunate enough to work with Mr. Cross for two years at Andrews Middle. I was a new teacher, and Mr. Cross was a model of professionalism and work ethic for me to emulate. After I transferred to a different school, I would often run into Mr. Cross in town. He was always the same: friendly and supportive of my career and of me as a person. He was a great man and a great educator, a true asset to Cherokee County.
#7 Sally Passmore Marti 2013-10-05 17:47
Nancy... and other family members, My heartfelt sympathy in your loss. May God bring peace and acceptance. I remember him as your little brother, Nancy, and have enjoyed some of his posts on FB as we had mutual friends. He obviously grew up to be a much loved, respected and successful gentleman and Child of God. Memories of the beautiful, intelligent and popular vivacious little blond we all looked up to at NHS have lain gently on my mind over the past 50 years. My best to you and yours at this sad time. God bless. Sally
#6 Carol May Hasselman 2013-10-03 19:44
I am so sad to hear about Gary.I have only been in his company a few times over the years but I remember him well for his warmth and wonderful stories My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
#5 Kathy S. Tinsley 2013-09-28 17:08
I had the privilege of teaching with Gary at Nantahala School in the late '70's and early 80's. He was one of the truest gentlemen I've ever known, and a true son of the community choosing to return home to give of his time and talents. His quiet dignity, sense of humor, and sense of honor will be a true loss for all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Janet, Maggie, and Lindsay, and all others who will miss this good man so much.

Kathy and Dan Tinsley
#4 Phil and Carolyn Hod 2013-09-28 12:58
Janet,Maggie,Li ndsay,Donald,Na ncy,Tim and family. We are so so sad to hear of Gary's passing. What a great loss to family, friends and especially to the Nantahala community. What a great friend Gary was to everyone. He made such an impact on so many young people that will never be forgotten.I pray that the life Gary lived and the many friends he left behind will be of some comfort to each of you during this difficult time.
#3 Mike & Anita Solesbe 2013-09-28 10:19
To all the family of Coach Cross
I am so sorry that my wife and I are not going to get to be there,but our PRAYERS and HEARTS are with you.We love and appreciate you all
Mike and Anita Solesbee
#2 Fred Harris 2013-09-28 09:52
What a loss. Gary was truly one of a kind. I coached against him and officiated many of his games and can say that I never heard a harsh word come out of his mouth. He was a true gentleman in every way. He will be missed by many and it is a shame that we don't have many other coaches, and people, like him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.
#1 Kaye postell 2013-09-27 21:00
Janet, Maggie, Lindsay, Donald, Nancy and family . I am so sad to hear about Gary , he was truely a wonderful person, teacher and friend. He always had a great outlook on life, he was a true Christian. All of the kids down thru his teaching career looked up to him. He was one of a kind , they will always remember him for what he did for them. Our memories will last our life time till we meet again. We loved you Mr. Cross
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