Donald Cross

May 25, 1948July 16, 2019

Donald Douglas Cross, 71, of McDonald, Tennessee passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on Tuesday morning, July 16, 2019.

Don was born on May 25, 1948 in Albany, Kentucky to the late James and Eva Cross. He was a graduate of Ooltewah High School and McKenzie College.

He was a Vietnam Veteran having served as Staff Sergeant in the US Army. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Don later worked and retired from the US Postal Service.

Don was a faithful member of the Philippi Baptist Church and was also an ordained minister of the gospel. He was very active in the music ministry of the church. He taught the Fellowship Bible Class and Discipleship Training Class.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Wanda Powell Cross; sons, Stacy, Jimmy, and Jeremy; grandchildren, Tyler, Alicia, Daisy, Lillian, Dilan, Alissa, Joslyn, Raven, and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Jason and Brody and brothers, Warren, Lowell, and Paul.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Phillippi Baptist Church, 2484 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, Tennessee 37311.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the church with Pastor Sammy Hooker officiating. Burial will follow in Plowman Cemetery in Apison, Tennessee.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillippi Baptist Church Youth Group.

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Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, July 20, 2019


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Janna Robbs

July 20, 2019

I worked with Don at the Post Office for 7 years and I loved his sweet mother, Eva, for a long time as she was a member of Apison Baptist Church. Don was the most awesome man. He would help you in any way he could and he loved telling people about Jesus! Don had a great sense of humor. When he was telling about some of his humorous life experiences while we were sorting mail at the post office, all of us there just burst out laughing! People told us we were having to much fun! Don was the best friend and I will miss him. Rest in God’s Peace, my friend.

Gray Sanders

July 19, 2019

You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. May God ease your pain at this time and bring joy in the knowledge that he is with our Lord in Heaven.

Donna Randolph - Evans

July 19, 2019

I was 10- 12 yrs.old I remember riding a church bus that Don drove & Wanda & the boys rode. They were a lways the kindest people. He was over the music at church- I believe. Its been for ever. I think the church was Memorial Park" in McDonald Tn. Their boys were little like babies. I really liked them. He was one of the nicest people you would ever meet. My prayers for Wanda & the family. God bless all.

David Stuman

July 18, 2019

I will never forget my friend, teacher and mentor. I am a better man today because of Don Cross. I will truly miss him, but will see him again. I love hearing Don teach and tell
stories on Sundays. I still can't believe you are gone, but when I stand to teach Sunday, I will think of my friend.

Alicia Cross

July 18, 2019

I’ll never forget singing my favorite “rainbow” song. Such a good papaw, that loved all of Papaw’s babies. I’m thankful to have known a man of God like always have open arms no matter what...I hope to continue to let his love live on through the family, and more great grandkids to come. ❤️

Lillian Cross

July 18, 2019

I always remember getting so grumpy when he would flip the lights on before the sun had even risen, singing “Good morning sunshine! It’s a pretty day.” Now, I can’t help but smile thinking of all those mornings. Thank you for adding music to my life papaw. I hope to bring the same to others now. ❤️

Lorene Stiers

July 17, 2019

Wanda and Family, so sorry to learn of Don's passing. We grew up together in Apison. It was always a pleasure to run into him at Hardee's. He will be missed.

Lorene Lively Stiers

Bill Headrick

July 17, 2019

Don Cross was a faithful member at Phillippi a deacon there and a true man of God , faithful husband to Wanda , wounderful father ,grandfather , and good friend . Rejoicing in heaven in the presence of almighty God . Bill and Sandra Headrick , we all wll miss him.