Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors

5400 Bell Avenue, Amarillo, TX


Larry Layne Cross

October 13, 1939June 22, 2020
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Larry Layne Cross, 80, of Amarillo passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in Humble, Texas on June 22, 2020.

Larry will lie in state on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St in Amarillo. A celebration of Larry's life will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in the funeral homes Pioneer Chapel. Burial will follow Tuesday afternoon in Darrouzett Cemetery in Darrouzett, Texas. You may view the service via our livestream feed at www.facebook.com/griggsschoolergordon should you not be able to attend the service.

Larry was born October 13, 1939 in Canadian, Texas to Merle S. and Velma Fisher Cross. Larry grew up in the small community of Darrouzett, TX and graduated from Darrouzett High School in 1958. He attended West Texas State University, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry, through the ROTC program at WT. After attending Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, in Fort Benning, GA, he served a tour of duty in Korea and retired with the rank of Captain.

Larry married his best friend, Dolores Duke on March 9, 1962, in Darrouzett. They were constant companions for 58 years. After serving in the military, they settled in Amarillo where Larry pursued his career in accounting. In 1969, Larry and Dolores moved to Pampa, Texas where he was the Senior Accountant and Office Services Manager for the engineering division of Cabot Corporation. While in Pampa, Larry served as County Vice Chairman, Precinct Chairman, and delegate to the Texas State Republican Party Convention. He was active in the Pampa Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Free Enterprise Committee. Larry also served as a member of the Gray County Appraisal Review Board.

Larry was an accomplished amateur photographer. His hobby led to his being a member of the Advisory Council to the Photography Explorers Post for the Boy Scouts of America. He was also the photo editor for “Focus Magazine”, published in Pampa. His photos appeared often in the Pampa News Sports and Personal Interest sections.

Larry was a member of HiLand Christian Church, in Pampa, where he served as Chairman of the Board, Elder, Treasurer, and Sunday School Teacher. In Amarillo, he served as Elder, Treasurer, and Board Member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church. He was Chairman of Missions Committee at both churches. Larry and Dolores are currently members of The Colonies Church of Christ in Amarillo and attend Global Outreach Community Church in Houston.

Larry and Dolores’ generous spirit support many local charities including The Salvation Army, City Church, and Sharing Hope, among many others.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marilyn Maynard of Canyon. Survivors include his wife Dolores, two children Barbara and husband Rick German of Kingwood, TX, Mary and husband Jon Barton of Driftwood, TX; grandchildren Cory Bigham of Houston, Bre and husband Trent Homer of McAlester, OK, Branson and wife Sarah Thomas of Maple Lake, MN, and Christopher and wife Morgan Barton of Driftwood, TX; six great grandchildren Logan, Landon, Shane, Seth, Brinley, and Oliver; brother Stephen Cross and wife Suellen of Amarillo, and brother-in-law Ken Maynard of Canyon; nieces Wendy and husband Louis Shaheen, Michelle and husband Dan Dear; nephews Scott and wife Shannon Maynard, and Mark Cross.

The family suggests memorials be made to Sharing Hope, PO Box 7160, Amarillo, TX 79114, Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, PO Box 5, Lipscomb, TX 79056, or your favorite charity.


  • Rick German
  • Jon Barton
  • Cory Bigham
  • Trent Homer
  • Shane Homer
  • Chris Barton
  • Branson Thomas
  • Steve Cross, Honorary Bearer
  • Kevin Duke , Honorary Bearer
  • Ken Maynard, Honorary Bearer
  • Dan Dear , Honorary Bearer


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020



Larry Layne Cross

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Clinton Hanshu

July 1, 2020

Larry was one of the good guys from Darrouzett, sorry to hear of his passing.
Clinton Hanshu
Sedona, AZ

Nancy Weinette

June 30, 2020

I am saddened at the passing of Larry. Delores, may you have peace and great memories.

Randy Phillips

June 30, 2020

Dolores and family,
Sue and I want to express our condolences to all of you. Larry always had a smile on his face when I would see him, and was always very pleasant. May God bless all of you during this time of remembering and reflection of his life.

Randy and Sue Phillips

Arlene & Bill Duncan

June 29, 2020

Our hearts are saddened at the passing of your precious Larry.
Our memories of time shared together are a treasure. He so loved his family and adored his sweet Dolores.

Barbie Slatton

June 29, 2020

My first memory of Larry was at my first Duke reunion. Larry asked me along on a nature walk with him and his daughter, Barbara. It was a fun diversion for me to go tramping thru the closest thing I had ever seen as "woods", known to the family as The Grove. Larry picked a leaf from a cottonwood tree and showed Barbara and I how to fold it and then blow to make it whistle. I tore up many leaves that day and a for a few years until I perfected it. Thru the years that whistle has been my personal "trick". Thanks to Larry, I have used it many times to entertain my kids whenever we have been around the trees. From that first walk to every time we'd meet thru the years, Larry has always taken the taken a moment to visit and include me. That smile that could light up the entire room with be greatly missed by all.

Mindy Crowe

June 29, 2020

Larry will be missed by all of us. Such a kind man with a never ending smile. He loved his family so much. We are thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Peace and love to you.

Vicki Gordon

June 27, 2020

Oh what a wonderful man Larry was! Always had a smile on his face! He will be missed by so many—including myself! Praying for you Dolores and the rest of your family!

Krystal Holmes

June 26, 2020

I was very fortunate to meet Mr. Cross and his lovely wife via his daughter Barbara. We attend the same church where I serve as music director. Mr. and Mrs. Cross would frequently attend our services when visiting their daughter and family in Houston. He had a way of “filling the room” with his joyful presence and warm-hearted conversations. I especially loved hearing him say how much he enjoyed the music, and he had a smile that was truly contagious. I enjoyed every story from ages past he shared with me, and I’ve grown to call those moments my time to get valuable “ nuggets” from one who is full of wisdom.
Although we as a family are not able to be there physically, I wanted the family to know you are in our prayers and your precious father, and grandfather will always hold a special place in our hearts.

With all our Love,

The Holmes Family

Marques, Krystal & Major

Barry Schoenhals

June 26, 2020

Kathy and I are saddened by news of Larry's passing and extend our deepest sympathy during this time.

tonya roberts

June 25, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss of Larry. What a sweetheart he was. Thoughts and prayers for your family.