About Cross County Cremations
The building that is now Cross County Funeral Service & Crematory was once Weavers Auto Restoration owned by Jimmy and Rebecca Weaver. Jimmy Weaver is Rebecca Williams brother (Mitzi’s mother). They each were given ½ acre of family property by their mothers’ brother, Uncle Wylie Brown in the 70’s. Jimmy worked for then Addison Shoe Factory for many years before starting his own business. He restored current model vehicles but his passion was restoring antique cars from the early 1900’s. He had his building constructed in 1980 and soon he was so busy he had to hire help just to keep up. In 2012 his wife was diagnosed with cancer so his work was put aside to care for her. After her passing in 2013 he tried to continue with his work.
After several months of being alone he met another very sweet lady, Evelyn, who had also lost her husband at about the same time. They became close and married after about a year. He remodeled his home for them to share and shortly before finishing the house he also was diagnosed with cancer. Knowing that dealing with his shop was going to be a burden for he and his wife, my husband and I offered to buy the property to help them out. After the original owner (Wylie Brown) had passed away, the probability of it staying in the family was slim. Because Uncle Jimmy wanted to keep it in the family, he asked us to come to see him as soon as possible. He got straight to the point that he wanted us to have the property and offered it as a gift to us. With the financial burdens they were facing there was no way we would accept it but to purchase it from them.
It was going to be used for our trucking business when we bought it, but after a deal fell through for the location for the crematory we had to use Uncle Jimmy’s shop for that. I went immediately to Uncle Jimmy to let him know of our dilemma. All he said was “Hun, it’s yours to do with what you want. I love you and am so proud of you and I know you’ll take care of it.” So, with his blessing, we started the clean out process.
It was quite a task to say the least. We hauled numerous trailer loads of everything you could possibly find in a garage and then some. Once we finished cleaning the upstairs storage area, we decided that the decking was in too bad of shape to leave, so we tore all that out. Hanging by the rafters we were warned by anyone that came in we were too old to be doing that. It’s a mans job they would say, but guess what, we did it anyway. We brought down walls, had countless dumpsters emptied, we painted, shopped thrift stores for furnishings and decoration, and brought items from home. It wouldn’t be complete without the memorial wall in honor of Uncle Jimmy. It’s what I’m most proud of about the building. He restored antique cars, so we restored his shop.