James Martin Cross, Chemist
James Martin Cross was born Jan. 11, 1908, in Flora, Illinois, the son of James Carl and Carrie B. Price Cross.  He held a Ph. D. in
chemistry and was a research chemist for General Aniline and Film Corp., Easton, Pennsylvania.  In 1956 he was Director of Research
and Technical Personnel for the Verona Chemical Co. in Newark, New Jersey.  He later became vice president of operations of the
company, a subsidiary of Bayer.  When the Newark plant closed in 1963, Cross transferred to Bayer's Mobay Chemical Corp. plant in New
Martinsville, West Virginia where he conducted research in isocyanate chemistry.  He was awarded 32 patents during his career.

Cross passed away July 7, 2000 in the Cumberland (Tennessee) Medical Center.  He was a member of the Fairfield Glade (Tennessee)
Community Church and the Fairfield Glade Lions Club.  Survivors included his wife, Jean Cross of Fairfield Glade; sons, James A. Cross of
Long Beach, New York, David Cross of Neptune City, New Jersey, and William Cross of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughters, Sally Cross
Whittaker of Charlottesville, Virginai, and Carol Cross Conard of McLean, Virginia; eleven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted July 15, 2000 at the Fairfield Glade Community Church, with Dale Marshall officiating.  
Pallbearers were Kenneth Conrad, Richard Conrad, James Cross, David Whittaker, Gregory Cross, Daniel Cross and Douglas Cross.   
Burial took place in the Crossville City Cemetery. Burris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Source:  "James Martin Cross", Crossville (TN) Chronicle, July 2000
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