OBITUARY

Joseph Benjamin Cross

September 21, 1978May 4, 2019
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A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph Benjamin Cross, 40, will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo.

Joe passed away due to a sudden illness on Saturday, May 4, 2019, leaving a legacy of kindness and compassion. He lived an extraordinary and inspirational life. Joe never met a stranger and was loved by everyone who knew him. He was an adored son, brother, and nephew; and a loving uncle. We are rejoicing in God’s presence through all the love Joe spread in his life. Born in West Columbia, Joe was the son of Richard and Barbara Cross. He was a member of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church. Joe was educated in Lexington 5 school district and attended Irmo High School and was a graduate of Riverview School. He enjoyed participating in Carolina Actors with Special Talents, Special Olympics basketball and golf, and the Boy Scouts of America, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Joe was an avid fan of Clemson athletics; enjoyed sports, walking, traveling and gaming. He was the curator of family home movies, had a love of reading, journaling, and dancing. He treasured most, however, spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Dr. Jamie Cross Gomez (Derek), Dr. Marie Cross Pucillo (Evan); brother, Dr. Stephen Aloysius Cross (Angela); nieces, Madelyn Anne Gomez, Elena Rose Pucillo; and nephews, Morrison James Gomez, Ethan Aloysius Cross, Richard Hampton Cross and Luke David Cross. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Aloysius Joseph and Arline Uhlenbrock Disch; and paternal grandparents, Richard Lee Cross and Anne Bower Cross.

In Joe’s honor, the family has created the Joseph B. Cross Foundation for the support of programs and projects that enhance the everyday lives of individuals with special needs. Memorial contributions may be sent to: The Joseph B. Cross Foundation c/o Central Carolina Community Foundation, 2142 Boyce Street, Suite 402, Columbia, SC 29201.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 10, 2019

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Melanie Kinney

May 12, 2019

Joseph was such a kind soul. Seeing him every month at our Element Studio was a joy. He was so professional and down to earth at the same time. He wanted his hair to grow longer, but somehow I talked him into a compromise! 😊He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to you during this time. Your son was so very genuine.

May the Lord bless you. May He keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
Melanie Kinney

Lauren Turbeville

May 9, 2019

Joe was so loved will be greatly missed by his Special Olympics golf family!

Keyon Lytes

May 9, 2019

I had the please to coach Joe when I 1st started with the Carolina Courage 🏀 team 5 years ago and he was a bright, loving, ambitious and caring individual who strived for greatness every single season I am truly going to miss Joe but we know he has gone to join the Heavenly Angels Basketball team where he will make the same impact as he did on Carolina Courage. Get your rest Joe we Loved U but God Loved U best!!!!!!!

Sybil Neeley

May 9, 2019

Joe will definitely be missed! He was always pleasant and always had a smile on his face. He had such an amazing spirit; GOD shined through. We were neighbors and he lived just a few doors down on the 3rd floor. I am so honored and blessed to have had the privilege to know him. I know he is with God!

Jennifer O’Shields

May 8, 2019

I’m part of the Joy Prom committee at my church and I remember Mr. Cross coming as a guest. He was alway very polite and kind. I look forward to his foundation carrying on his legacy and seeing the positive impact on our community. All who love him are in my prayers. My deepest sympathies on the loss of a very kind man.

English Weston

May 8, 2019

Linda, my wife and Joe's caregiver, and I have wonderful memories of picking up Joe at his apartment then going to eat at a restaurant such as Beef O'Brady's where he would always ask Linda for use of her phone so he could check up on some Facebook friends and then maybe going to a movie. Joe's playful sense of humor was magnetic and so much fun to be around! We will miss Joe so very much!

Kaiti Reeves

May 8, 2019

I have so many memories with him from working with the palmetto group at seven oaks.. my favorite is when we went to Oktoberfest and got to dance and had a great night. So sorry for your loss

Brian Judy

May 8, 2019

Joe would come into Software Seconds where I work part-time fairly often for classic video games. He was always very nice. I'm sad that this happened . My best to the family.

Rip & Anita Linder

May 8, 2019

Joe was always so kind & gentle through the many years of watching Stephen & Marie at the soccer fields. We enjoyed having him as part of our extended soccer family. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you in your loss.
Rip & Anita Linder

Amy Bundrick

May 8, 2019

Joe was very kind and came to my carolia/Clemson game had a good time

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