William "Bill" H Cross II

July 27, 1937February 15, 2013

William Hardee Cross II, known as Bill Cross, passed away at home on February 15, 2013. He was 75. He was born on July 27th, 1937, in Tyler Texas. His father was William Hardee Cross, and his mother was Clara Ruth Earley (Ruth). He was raised in the Napa Valley. He and his first wife, Jan, raised five children, and two of the girls were twins, who have since passed. Arleen Condon passed on April 12, 2006, and her twin Starleen “Star” passed away on July 18, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Marla Cross; Doreen Cross (daughter) in Fresno; Laurie Bury (daughter) who lives in Phoenix, Arizona; and William Hardee Cross III, who was living in Seattle last we heard from him; Barrett Metheny (stepson), Joel Metheny (stepson), Fresno; and Holly Sumner (stepdaughter), Fresno; 15 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. In the early days he held a variety of jobs to support his family and then became a police officer in Hayward, California. He then moved his family to Fresno, went to the Fresno City Police Academy, and was a police lieutenant when he retired in 1981. He absolutely loved being a police officer! Bill divorced and then married Dianna Sumner, who passed away on November 20th, 1998. They were married for approximately 25 years. He then married Marla Ellis during the International Conference in Minnesota on July 1, 2000. She was a “package deal,” bringing her twin boys into the family. He was passionate about genealogy and spent hours on his computer looking up relatives. He had traced some family members back to the 1600’s, and he had many original documents and old photographs. His wife spent a lot of time standing in the doorway to the “computer room” talking with him, because that’s where he spent most of his time! He was a friend of Bill W’s for 30+ years, and he spread a lot of love throughout that community, and he has a lot of people who absolutely loved him. He spent a lot of time working with others, and was passionate about the program. He was known in that community as Bill Cross, Mr. C, Bill C, and there was a waitress at Carrow’s who used to call him dollar Bill. He could usually be found there after spending the evening with his friends of Bill W’s. He and his wife got to travel across the United States on more than one occasion and they were soul mates. They had a good life together with their “puppy” dogs. Bill died at home in his sleep with one puppy dog on the pillow behind his head and another at his side, and that’s what he wanted. He will be missed.

Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Service will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Intermet to follow at Belmont Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 22, 2013

William "Bill" H Cross II

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Linda Wright

April 20, 2013

Marla,I will remember Bill as a dear, kind, big hearted fellow that tended well to the flock of suffering souls. In him God is well pleased I am sure. His caring spirit along with his drive to become involved in levels of service not many venture, he will be not be easily forgotten.

May our Lord bring you peace Marla, and your friends surround you with love.

Susan Murdock

March 17, 2013

Bill you were a blessing to have met and spent a little time with I know I will see you again as this life is but for a moment but Heaven will be an eternity! Marla I love you and I am a phone call away!

James Muir

March 2, 2013

Condolences to Marla and her & Bill's families. Bill was a great friend and sponsor, my spiritual guide for years, and an inspiration to many, many newcomers. Thanks, Bill, for sharing your wisdom and compassion - you made a real difference in my life and many others.

Daniel Woo

February 24, 2013

I am eternally grateful to Bill for asking me "Daniel, are you done yet?" and sticking with me after I answered, "Bill, I don't know if I am ... I want to stop, but I just don't know how to." Bill's tender kindness helped my gain the better part of the past 18 years of living. I am grieved that he has passed, yet joyful that he has joined the angels and saints serving in the Tradition of Higher Power.

Richard Conness

February 24, 2013

My sincerest condolences to Marla and family, I have many fond memories of the time I spent with Bill. Especailly a couple of horseback pack trips with him and a group of fellow AA's to the high sierras. We got close to god up there and now I know Bill is with him
Richard Conness (Fresno, CA)

Kathryn Ghilarducci

February 23, 2013

Sending love

Susie Gollnick

February 22, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You are in my prayers.
Love, Susie

Sharron Tilley

February 22, 2013

Marla, As you go through the days ahead please remember I'm here for you. Feel free to call anytime. Love you

Stephen Graham

February 22, 2013

You will be missed

Andy Soto

February 22, 2013

My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Bill Cross. He was a good man in my book, I only wished I had been able to reconnect with him sooner to be able to spend more time with him. Bill you were an Awesome Spiritual man to me, I loved your loving kindness and direction in my life at a time when I needed it so much, you were my sponsor in the early stages of my sobriety and a man I looked up to as you were 28 years my senior. You were a great influence to me and you surely did your part in mentoring me to become the man I am today, and for that I will always be grateful to you, and I am equally sure that you are being blessed in heaven for all you did to be the hands and feet of our Lord to many on this earth.

I Thank God I was able to have our last conversation, and I now consider that a divine act of God, it was great to have shared that time with Bill, and I thank you Marla for making that possible.

Blessings to you all my friends, I pray the Lord strengthen all who were close to Bill in these times, and I pray the presence and peace of the Lord be with you all. Lastly, always remember, Bill is in a better place today, In the presence of our Lord and Creator!

Your friend, Andy Soto