Justin Ray Cross

Funeral: 11 a.m. May 17, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Rabbi Yochanan Eukel officiating. Burial followed at Rivermonte Cemetery, Springfield.

Justin Ray Cross, 18, of Ozark, died as a result of senseless violence at the hands of another, May 13, 2019. He was born April 9, 2001, in Gillette, Wyoming. Justin attended school in Oklahoma and Harmony School District in Big Sandy, Texas through the 11th grade where he enjoyed playing football, baseball, soccer and basketball. He was presently a senior at Ozark High School. Justin was “all-boy” even as a toddler, enjoying life and going “full blast” throughout each day. Justin was tender-hearted and hilariously funny, with a charisma that naturally drew others to him.

Justin is survived by his mother and father, Jennifer and Jeremy Courtnay, of Ozark; two sisters, Emily and Ashleigh Holden of Ozark; his nana that he loved so much, Shree Carpenter, of Nixa; two aunts, Kasi Carpenter, of Nixa, and Angela Long of Diana, Texas; and several cousins. 

Justin’s pawpaw, Tim Carpenter, preceded him in death.