A funeral service to celebrate the life of Dr. James “Jack” Allerton Cross, 84, of Camden, SC, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC. Rev. John Hallman and Rev. Chip Summers will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in John Knox Hall. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid-State-SC, 140 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 210, Columbia, SC 29210 or Bethesda Presbyterian Church Music Program, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Dr. Cross died Monday, June5, 2017. He was born in Jacksonville, IL, the son of the late James Martin Cross and Elizabeth Palmer Cross. He graduated Lehigh University, Phi Beta Kappa, and Washington University Medical School. He did a residency in Dermatology at University of Oregon. He served as a Medical Officer, Lt. Commander, in the United States Public Health Service, Division of Foreign Quarantine. He was a Family Practitioner for thirty years, mostly in rural, underserved areas of California and Virginia. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of California, Davis, and a Clinical Instructor at the Department of Community Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Cross was an accomplished pianist and composer. His compositions include opera, ballet, musical theater, chamber music, piano, sacred music and vocal solos, many of which have been performed in California, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
His one-act opera, Knossos, was a finalist in the New York City Opera Competition in 1980; the same year, he was recognized in Who’s Who in Virginia Medicine, Virginia Medical Association.
His community service included serving on the Board of Directors of Dickenson Wise Medical Group, Southwest Virginia Community Services, Friends of Music East Tennessee State University, Theater Bristol, and San Diego Ballet Company.
Dr. Cross was a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he and his wife hosted a Redeemer Fellowship group for seven years.
Dr. Cross is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Bayley Cross; children, Ari Cross Dickinson (Bo) of Bishopville, SC, James Dunbar Cross (Kara) of NYC, NY and Rebecca Cross DelMonte (Michael) of Garrison, NY; grandchildren, Katherine Dickinson, James, Peter, and John Cross, Emerson and Maxwell DelMonte; brother, William Cross (Valerie) of Springboro, OH and David Cross (Mary Gail) of FL; and his sister, Carol Conrad (William) of McLean, VA.
Dr. Cross was predeceased by his sister, Sally Whitaker, and his beloved stepmother, Jean Cross.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will take place at Cold Spring Cemetery in Cold Spring, NY, followed by a reception in New York City.
Online condolences may be sent to the Cross family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.