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Franklin D. Crosby
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home
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Morganton, N.C. — Franklin D. Crosby, age 81, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at his residence in Morganton, N.C.

The native of Register was the son of the late Mitch and Inez Allmond Crosby and graduated from Register School. After graduating high school, Franklin moved to Atlanta and lived there for two years before joining the United States Army. While in the Army, Franklin served as a member of the Special Forces and was a paratrooper. He retired from the Army in 1993 with 30 years of service as a Sergeant Major and had been awarded many medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal. 

Franklin moved to Collettsville, N.C., in 1980 and had lived in Morganton, N.C., for the past 12 years, where he was a member of the Masons and the Shriners.

In addition to his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by his daughter, Becky Lynn Cooper; granddaughter, Meagan Cooper; brothers, Allen Crosby, Douglas Crosby, Jimmy Crosby and Harold Crosby; and brothers-in-law, Alfred Rowton and Earl Howell.

Mr. Crosby is survived by his son, Ricky Crosby of Alabama; sisters, Mary Ann Howell of Statesboro; and Linda Rowton of Benton, Tenn.; brothers, Bobby Crosby and wife, Doris, of Metter; and Tony Crosby and wife, Ronda, of Nevils; sisters-in-law, Linda Jane Crosby of Jewell, Texas; Diana Crosby of Twin City; and Becky Crosby of East Dublin; special cousins, Walter Crosby and Francis Crosby, both of Statesboro; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14th, at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service, with military honors, at 2 p.m. in Bulloch Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Johnny Beasley officiating.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent and that memorial contributions be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Please visit our online memorial at to sign the guestbook and share fond memories with the Crosby family.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, April 14, 2018

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