Paralee Robertson Cross Thomas
Meridian Paralee Robertson Cross Thomas, a retired educator, passed away peacefully at her
daughters home on Friday, January 26, 2018, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Friends are invited to
visitation with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, at Berry and Gardner
Funeral Home. A Celebration of her life and legacy will be held Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. at
Savannah Grove Baptist Church where she was a lifelong member. Interment will follow in Magnolia
Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by husbands, Elijah Cecil Cross, Sr. and James Thomas, Jr.;
one son, Donald Cecil Cross; one daughter, Lynda Faye Cross Heard; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Robertson, Sr.; two brothers, Arthur, Jr. and Willie Edward, and two sisters, Ruby M. Burks and Essie M.
Mrs. Thomas grew up in Meridian, Mississippi where she graduated from T. J. Harris Senior High
School and furthered her education by earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education from Jackson State
College. She also earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from Mississippi College, Clinton,
Mississippi. Mrs. Thomas did post graduate studies at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Thomas taught music for many years in both the Mississippi and Louisiana Public Schools. She was
credited for repeatedly receiving superior ratings with her astounding 80-voice choir at Heidelberg High
School, Heidelberg, Mississippi,
Known for her musical talents both as a musician and a singer, Mrs. Thomas was a frequent
guest soloist at church and community events. She was an active member of numerous educational and
civil organizations. She was also a motivational speaker and could be found sharing the Word of God
with both youth and young adults throughout the Lauderdale County area. She was known by many as
having a Chicken Soup Ministry where she provided homemade soup to the elderly and the sick and
Her memory will be forever cherished by three sons; William Arthur Cross, Sr. (Marie), Gerald
Lemoine Cross, and Elijah Cecil Cross, Jr. (Sheryl); one daughter, Frances Cross Ashley (Darek); one
brother, Charles Edward Robertson, Sr. (Rosetta); and one son-in-law, Major D. Heard. Her legacy will
continue through eighteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a plethora of nieces, nephews,
cousins and countless other relatives and friends. She greatly enjoyed a maternal bond with two special
people, Margie Cleveland and Barbara Adams.
Published on January 31, 2018