John Blair CROSS (1868-1944)
HOUSE, 57th and 67th General Assemblies, 1911-13, 1931-33; representing Roane County; Democrat. Born at Byington, Knox County, Aug. 9, 1868; son of William A. and Fannie (COX) CROSS. Attended public schools of Knox County; Tulane University, New Orleans, La.; studied medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. First married at Solway, Knox County, in 1887, to Laura McCLURE, daughter of William and Betsy McCLURE; she died in 1898; children by this marriage--William R., Mae and Ailee; second marriage, date and place not indicated, to Laura GOLDSTON, daughter of William GOLDSTON; two daughters by this marriage--Ella B. and Pansy. Subject practiced medicine at Harriman, Roane County, 1892-1942. City health physician at Harriman, 1935-37. Military record: in Spanish-American War but details of service not available; in World War I; called into active service in Medical Corps, U.S. Army, June 20, 1918, as 1st lt., Officers Reserve Corps; promoted to capt. Sept. 5, 1918; stationed principally at Camp Travis, Tex.; honorable discharged Oct. 3, 1919; during World War II, held rank of maj. in Tenn. National Guard. Member Methodist Episcopal Church; Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch degree; Knights Templar; Amercian Legion; Tennessee and Roane County medical societies, president of latter, 1927. Died at Harriman, Apr. 15, 1944; buried in Willard Park Cemetery.
Sources: Information supplied by daughter, Miss Pansy Cross, Harriman, and by Tenn. War Records Bureau; Rockwood Times, Jan. 5, 1927.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.