Merriam Hill Cross

Merriam Hill Cross

Tuesday May 28th, 1935 - Wednesday October 21st, 2020
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Merriam Hill Cross, 85, born May 28, 1935 in Chattanooga, TN to the late James and Annie Mae Hill, departed this life of October 21, 2020.

She was a 1953 graduate of Howard High School and attended San Diego Community College in San Diego, CA. She was a lifetime member of Phillips Temple CME Church where she served on numerous boards and organizations including the Stewardess Board, Missionary Society, Choir and Special Committees.

She was formerly employed by Buschโ€™s Jewelry Store and Pickettโ€™s Clothing Store for many years. She received numerous awards for her service and kindness to others. While in high school she was a majorette for Howard High Marching 100 Band and, also, a majorette for the American Legion Performing Corps. She was an active member in the Historic Orchard Knob Community Club where she served as chairperson for membership.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vilma L. Cross, Sr.; brothers, James and Robert Hill; sisters, Anna, Lexine and Virginia.

She leaves cherish her memory a devoted daughter, Virginia A. Hendricks (Harold McKeldin, Jr.) of Chattanooga, TN; loving sons, Gary L. (Myrtice) and Vilna L. Cross, Jr. of Chattanooga, TN; sister, Doris H. Snapp of Detroit, MI; brother-in-law, Thomas Snapp of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, LaKisha, Gary D. and LaChanda Cross, all of Chattanooga, TN, Zona Tiller of Los Angeles, CA, Donte Cross and Jermaine Hubbard of Detroit, MI; great grandchildren, Calmeshe Johnson (Brandon Thomas), Caliyah (Aydarius) Sims, Gary D, Reality, TyJuan Cross, Miracle Strickland of Chattanooga, TN; great-great grandchild, Brennon Thomas of Chattanooga, TN; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She birthed three children but was a mother to many. She had so much love to share. God children, Phyllis and Oscar Parks (Chattanooga), Loretta Jones of Thomasville, GA, Wanda Lockett and daughter, Sharonda of Cincinnati, OH, Patricia Sanderfur and daughter, Jillian, Linda and Randy Stargin, Yvonne Zachery, Valerie Jennings, Carolyn Hilt, Evelyn, Barlow and daughter, Candice, Pat Ross; special friends, Anna Sims, Louise Hunter, Pat Franklin, Remell Sorrells, Ernest White and The Phillips Temple CME Church Family; special daughter, Rev. Christiana Felix of Pittsburg, CA.

A public viewing will be held 2:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the funeral home. A private funeral service will be held. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The funeral service will be broadcast live beginning at 12 noon EST Friday, October 30, 2020 at

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.
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Lovetta Jones

Posted at 12:22pm
You will always be in my heart! I love you mom (Cross).

DeHavialnd Douglas

Posted at 12:52pm
Sending prayers and condolences to the family of Mrs. Cross. Love from the families of Mattie L. Earvin Rice and DeHaviland L. Douglas.

Cheryl Smith

Posted at 01:40pm
It is with a sadden heart that this is written. Mrs. Cross was a wonderful person and she treated me like a daughter. She prepared meals for me to eat along with her family regularly, and always welcomed me with loving arms and kindness. There was never a time that she has not checked up on me through the years. She will be missed.

Wava R Brooks

Posted at 10:44pm
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Your Mother was a dear and loving person, will always keep her in my heart.


Posted at 10:01pm
Praying that God will grant you peace during this very dufficult season. He specializes in things, we think are impossible. .ELDER HENRIETTA ERSKINE!-OLIVET BAPTIST CHURCH๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›

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