Greenville – Walter E. Crossman, Jr., 97, passed away peacefully with family at his side on February 13, 2020, at Northern Light Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville. He was born April 12, 1922, in Greenville, the son of Walter and Sarah Stewart Crossman. His love for Greenville kept him there forever, where he touched the lives of so many. Jr. served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWII and helped build the first runway in Okinawa and was a mechanic for Great Northern Paper for 22 years. Jr. was a member of the Masons, American Legion, and Odd Fellows.
Jr. will always be remembered as a loving, patient, honest, kind man. He was a respectful person with a great sense of humor. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and cooking with his best buddy, Colby. Family gatherings and spending time with “the kids” were the best times of his life. Jr. always loved visits from everyone, especially his chosen son and daughter, Kim and Peggy. He was the greatest father and grandfather ever and always there for everyone.
Jr. was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia (Inman); daughter, Murtina; brothers, James and Stuart; and son-in law Donald Collins. All were happy to see him.
He is survived by two daughters, Muriel Collins of North Branford, CT and her daughter, Debbie (Michael), and Sarah Drexel of Greenville and her son, Richard (Nancy) and daughter, Erica (Terry); and one son, Carleton (Jan) Crossman of Port Charlotte, FL and their son, Kyle. In addition, he is survived by one brother, Gordon (Barbara) Crossman of Jacksonville, NC; one sister, Amelia (Jerry) Daigle of Franklin, NC; five great-grandchildren, Michael, Colby, Josh, Kaleigh, and Camden; two great-great grandchildren, Trenton and Michael; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Crossman family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at the nursing home for their outstanding care over the past years. Jr. truly loved each and every one of you.
A Masonic memorial service will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.