Jimmy Cross and I both played in a Bob Barr directed Jordan Vocational High School Band. I was in the orignal band that was formed in 1946. Jimmy came a little later, in time to go with the band to New York where it won the American Legion National Band Competition in 1952. He played trumpet, as he did as a charter member of the Bob Barr Community Band . That band will play at his funeral Friday morning, August, 9th, at 11 a.m. at the Evangel Temple on Veteran’s Parkway. Jimmy died this morning.
He made his living in banking, retiring after serving a number of years as chairman of South Trust National Bank in Phenix City.
Jimmy was a talented musician and a fine friend. We’ll miss him.
As I mentioned in my last post, veteran Ledger-Enquirer reporter Connie Johnson died in an automobile accident in Columbus, Mississippi. She was, in mjy view, a very talented reporter.