Lloyd Hughes Crossley

Lloyd Hughes Crossley, 88, of Hot Springs and Montrose, Colo., passed away of an aneurysm on August 16, 2019 in Montrose. He was born in Parkdale on July 17, 1931. 

He grew up in Wilmot, where he graduated high school. He left Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. 

After the war, he attended Northeastern State College in Monroe, La. (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), where he met his wife, Peggy Rawls. They married after graduating and enjoyed 62 years together. During these years, they attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where they received their master’s degrees.

Later, they attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Miss. There they received doctorate degrees in Education. He served as principal in Wilmot Elementary, Portland High School, and was assistant superintendent in Lake Village. 

He taught at UAM and then became the director of the Southeast Arkansas Education Cooperative in Monticello. After retiring, he and Peggy made their homes in Hot Springs and Montrose. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge in Ashley County, as well as a member of the lodge in Montrose. He was an avid golfer with wonderful friends in both Hot Springs and Montrose. 

His parents, Lester Crossley and Katie Crossley Sivils, and a son, Mark Crossley, preceded him in death. 

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Rawls Crossley; a son, Col. James William (Barbara) Crossley; a daughter, Pamela Jo (Dennis) McNeill; a daughter-in-law, Pat Crossley; a sister, Mattie Lucretia Ladd; two brothers, James Herbert (Lottie) Crossley and William Eugene (Rita) Crossley; and five grandchildren, Jackson (Kimberly) Arnold, Ellen and Brenna Crossley, and Alexa and James S. Crossley.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose. There will also be a memorial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 14 in Hot Springs at the First United Methodist Church followed by a reception in the Christian Life Center. 

On Sunday, September 15, his ashes will be interred at the Wilmot Cemetery.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together: keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh

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