Mr. James Henry “Big Jim” Crossingham Jr., 90, of Mount Airy, North Carolina passed away at his home July, 1, 2020. He was born in Surry County July 10, 1929, the son of the late James Henry Sr. and Anita McNally Crossingham. “Big Jim’’ was founder and CEO of Ararat Rock Products and was active in the business until his passing. He was a charter member of the North Carolina Aggregate Association, and at the age of 80 he earned his unclassified-unlimited contractor license for North Carolina and Virginia. Jim was CEO of Spencers Inc., which was founded in 1926 by his father, James Henry Crossingham and Frank Leslie Hatcher. He was the owner and operator of his beloved TTT Ranch in Kaycee. “Big Jim” was a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as 2nd Class Petty Officer in the Seabees during the Korean War. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, taught Sunday School, witnessed to prisoners through Prison Fellowship Ministries and attended Flat Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed snow skiing and was an accomplished marksman and pilot. He was an ardent American patriot. He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and witnessed to everyone about him. The Holy Bible was his rule book for his personal and business life.
Surviving are his children, Honey Rowe and her husband Henry, Ann Cannon and her husband Bill, Jamye Crossingham and Jim Crossingham and his wife Emily; four grandchildren, Leslie Ann Cannon, Will Cannon and his wife Marsha, James Crossingham and his wife Schmidty and Austin Crossingham and his wife Alisonne; great-grandchildren, Georgia Paige, Nora Bell, J. Henry and Jasper Crossingham and Eli and Emma Cannon, and his extended family of Ararat Rock Products and Spencer’s Inc. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife Helen Hennis Crossingham and his brother Charles Edward Crossingham. Funeral services were held July 3 at Moody Funeral Chapel of Mount Airy with Rev. Dennis Bledsoe officiating. Interment followed in Oakdale Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Flat Ridge Baptist Church, P.O. Box 563, Dobson, NC 27017, or to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 410 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030.