Hurlen Cross Sr. was born in Magnolia on October 22, 1937, to Elnora and Malvin Cross. In his home, on Thursday, May 14, 2020, he made his transition with family by his side.
Hurlen was a graduate of Southside High School (later known as McNeil High School) in McNeil, Arkansas. He was baptized and became a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church at an early age. He served on the Deacon and Usher boards. He taught Sunday School for years and was a member of the Macedonia Male Chorus as well.
On June 7, 1959, Hurlen was united in matrimony to Myrtle D. Adair Cross, and six children were born to this union. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Arthur Cross Jr.; and a sister, Erma Pascal.
Hurlen was very active in the educational role of his children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and all other children in the McNeil School District for several years. In recent years, he was involved in the Stephens School District as a school board member. He adamantly believed that education was the starting place for long-lasting success -- no matter what profession you chose in life.
Throughout the area, Hurlen Sr. was well known as “Cross” or “Cowboy.” He was employed by Elk Roofing, United Built Homes, for many years by Alcoa (formerly Southern Extrusions, Howmet, and Alumax). Because he was always willing to help those he came to know, no matter how they entered his life, his recognition spread throughout Columbia and Ouachita Counties. “Cowboy” will never be the forgotten.
“Cowboy” leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Myrtle D. Cross of Stephens; three daughters, Leslie (Rayford) Deas of Summerville, SC, Angela (Rev. Daryl) Hope of Stephens and Vickie Cross of Houston; six sons, Hurlen Cross Jr., Rev. Wilfred (Cheryl) Cross, Alvin “Steve” (Tequila) Cross, and Justin Cross, all of McNeil, Le-Roy Walter of Los Angeles and Roderick Cross of Little Rock; three brothers, James (Linda) Cross of McNeil, Verland (Linda) Cross of Los Angeles and Napoleon (Rosalyn) Cross of Chillicothe, OH; two sisters, Maxine Carter and Ruby Cross Adair of Magnolia; 30 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, tree godchildren; and a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Magnolia. Interment will follow at St. Matthew Church Cemetery in McNeil. The Rev. Wilfred Cross will be the clergyman.
Funeral services are under the direction of Marks Funeral Home, Inc., Magnolia.