Claude "BJ" Cross, 41, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021. BJ was born to Sherry Cross and Claude Anderson on April 6, 1980 in Niles, MI. BJ moved to South Bend in 1989.
BJ attended Washington High School and worked for Plastic Seals as a machine operator. He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music and cooking, especially frying fish. Frying fish was something BJ and his stepfather, Sahr, bonded over. BJ was known for giving great advice and words of encouragement. He really enjoyed talking to his younger nephews, niece and cousins about life.
Survivors left to cherish his memory are his mother and stepfather, Sherry and Sahr Ngombu of Merrillville, IN; sister Claudesha Anderson of Indianapolis, IN; stepsister Stephanie Ngombu; sister-in-law Alisha Cross; nephews Santanna Cross, Jr., Elijah Cross, Rodney Jones, Jr., Reante Jones and Desmond Stokes; niece Rylee Braxton; great-nephews Zay Cross, Santanna Cross III and Jeremiah Cross; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
BJ was preceded in death by his beloved father, Claude Anderson; brother Santanna Cross, Sr.; paternal grandparents Claude and Mildred Anderson; maternal grandparents Ivory and Virginia Cross; uncle Larry Anderson; and aunt Carolyn Anderson.
Services will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Palmer Funeral Homes – West Chapel, 2702 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, IN 46628. Friends may call on the family for visitation from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM prior to services at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Mission Hills Cemetery in Niles, MI. Pastor Tracey Hatcher will officiate. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
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