B. Dale Cross, 93 of St. Albans went home to be with his heavenly Father on December 25, 2013.
He was the son of the late Isaac Benton Cross and Leota Huggins Cross. Dale was proud to have been a member of the Citizens Conservation Corp in his teenage years. During World War II, he joined the United States Army and worked at a Defense Plant in Baltimore, Maryland where he met the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Maysel “Mazie” Pauley Cross.
Dale grew up in Pine Grove, WV and moved to Saint Albans in the late 1940’s. He spent his life as an active member of the community volunteering in Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion Baseball and was a volunteer for the Saint Albans Auxiliary Police. He was Past Commander of the American Legion Post #73 in Saint Albans and selected for the 40 and 8 Honor Society for American Legion members. He was also a member of Washington Lodge #58 A.F. & A.M. and the Scottish Rite Valley of Charleston. Dale was a talented harmonica player, recorded CD’s of his music with his friend Don Jones accompanying on the fiddle, entertained audiences everywhere he went, and spent many hours providing enjoyment for people in restaurants, doctor’s offices, the Hansford Community Center, and many other venues. He worked for F.M.C. and then for Union Carbide until he retired in 1984. Dale was a Christian and faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Mazie; sisters, Opal Cross and Etta Gray; brothers, Ora and Norman Cross; and granddaughter, Frances Widner.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra (Jerry) Widner of Wirt County and Linda Winnell of Conover, NC, Bonnie (John) Vickers of Saint Albans and Ruth (Ken) Parsons of Cross Lanes; 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Friday, December 27, 2013 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, Saint Albans. Dale’s dear friend, Jimmy Dunlap will preside over services at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the funeral home.
Dale’s family would like to extend a heart-felt “Thank You” to all of his loyal friends especially those who visited and supported him and us over the last few months and to the employees of Tudor’s, Mayberry’s Restaurant, The Doctor’s House, Amedysis Home Health, CAMC General, and Hospice West.