William B. "Buck" Cross, 88, of Benton passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
He was of the Missionary Baptist faith.
Buck was born April 11, 1925, in Mt. Moriah to the late John and Jessie Cross. He retired from Alcoa where he had worked most of his adult life. Buck was married to his sweetheart, Louise, for 66 years. While his great love was for his family, a close second was farming. He was most at home on his tractor in a field baling hay, tending his cows or in his shop repairing his tractors.
He always enjoyed sharing his love for the land with his children and grandchildren and all have many fond memories hauling hay and fixing fences. Buck will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who was always quick with a smile and a kind word. He will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jessie Cross; his daughter, Johnnie Louise Cross; his sisters, Julia Mae Luck and Jane Thornton; and a brother, Amos Wheeler Cross.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Louise Robinson Cross; his daughter, Darlene Cross Otwell (Jerry); his son, William Randall Cross (Laura); three grandchildren, Rhonda Otwell Nitschke (Cody), Amanda Cross Sturgell (Chance) and Leigh Cross; three great-grandchildren, Kyler, Hayden and Emma Nitschke, all of Benton; two sisters, Ivy Head and Ann Huff, both of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with the funeral service scheduled to begin at 2.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to Arkansas Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Little Rock or Arkansas Hospice in North Little Rock.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.