Rev. Bobbie Crossland, age 87 of Metropolis, IL, passed away at 9:38 am on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Mercy Health Paducah.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Schearer officiating. Burial will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Metropolis Memorial Gardens with military rites.
Bobbie Crossland served in the US Army during the Korean War. He served in the 699th Quartermaster Repair and Maintenance Co. as a clothing textile tailor and repairman. While serving in the military, he was stationed Germany and in France. After his tour of duty overseas was complete, he returned to his hometown, of Metropolis, and attended West KY College and studied tailoring. After graduating, he opened his own tailoring business in downtown Metropolis. He married his wife Mary Dabbs and she worked in the shop with him, and they started their family. When the opportunity came to work at the EEI Plant, he closed his business and he worked there until his retirement.
He received his calling into the ministry, and pastored St Paul AME Church in Metropolis, Bethel AME Church in Brookport, Baber Chapel in Carrier Mills, Bethel Harrisburg, Ward Chapel Cairo, St Paul Mounds, as well as in churches in Golconda and Mermet Illinois. He loved being a church pastor, helping new and young members find their purpose in the church and developing their relationship with Jesus Christ. He loved fellowshipping with different denominations of churches, attending homecomings, witnessing and leading people to the Lord, and would pray for any and everyone. He loved music. He loved performing weddings for couples in his family home foyer.
In his young adult days Bobbie had many adventures. He enjoyed whittling, hunting and fishing with his Dad, Edward Sr. and his brother, Edward Jr. He also enjoyed the freedom, and adventure of riding his INDIAN motorcycle with his motorcycle buddies, and taking solo road trips. It was on one particular motorcycle spill that he was aided by a man named Otis Skaggs, who after many times of tenaciously witnessing to, before and after this specific incident, he eventually led Bobbie to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, as his personal Savior. He later became the Pastor of his, and Bobbie’s home church.
He enjoyed sitting and drinking coffee around his kitchen table and joking with family and friends.
When he was up able to tend to his own yard, he enjoyed riding his lawn mower, and he would reluctantly tend to Mary’s flowers.
He enjoyed going on car rides and eating lunch in the park with his wife. Bobbie was also a frequent Diner Club Member of McDonald’s and Hardees, where he drank numerous cups of coffee and cultivated new and old friendships, and catching up the latest news in Metropolis, and talking about the Lord.
Bobbie was a dedicated father and family man. He loved being a father. He was the type of Dad, that was jokingly known as the kind “who would come to their rescue, in a canoe in the midst of a rain storm.” He loved taking them on camping trips, fishing, car rides, out to eat, shopping, and amusement parks.
Bobbie Crossland was also a lover of dogs. He rescued many a family pets from the pound and gave them fur-ever homes with his family.
He loved tinkering with his cars, recruiting his wife and daughters in his all hands on deck when it came to repairing and maintaining them.
Bobbie is survived by his wife, Mary Crossland; daughters, Dianne Crossland and Linda Crossland; a fur granddog, Cali Fenley; one brother, Edward Crossland Jr. and wife Jeanette; one nephew, Corliss Crossland and one niece, Paula Crossland.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary (Davey) Crossland; father and stepmother, Edward and Eva Crossland Sr.; one sister, Evelyn Crossland and one nephew, Gregory Crossland.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 9 am until the funeral at 11 am at the Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given in Bobbie’s name to the Metropolis Pound, 1 Universal Way, Metropolis, IL 62960, as well as to Project Hope, PO Box 125 Metropolis, IL 62960. Online condolences may be left at www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com.
A repass will be held in the small dining room at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1:30 pm on Friday, October 11, 2019.
To send flowers to Bobbie's family, please visit our floral section.
Project Hope Humane Society
PO Box 125, Metropolis IL 62960
1 Universal Way, Metropolis IL 62960