We Believe… ” His life is a beautiful memory. His absence is a silent grief. He is asleep in God’s beautiful garden
of sunshine and perfect peace. He left a beautiful memory, a rich legacy A sorrow too great to be told.
But to us, who loved him, His memory will never grow old”.
On September 24, 2018, at 8:00 pm., our dearly beloved Croxton Gerald exchanged this earthly life for an eternal life of peace. Croxton Gerald was the fourth child born to the late Edmond Patrick and Alice Hill Gerald on March 26, 1937 in Robeson County, Orrum, North Carolina. Church was an important part of his family life. At an early age, Croxton became a member of Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 1577 Atkinson Road, Fairmont, N.C. where he would remain a member until his death. He would often attend Antioch Baptist Church, in Proctorville, North Carolina with his mother. As an adult, he would continue to visit Spring Branch and Antioch when time permitted.
Croxton was fondly known to his family and friends as “Pot”. This name was given to him by his Uncle Ambrose because Croxton would not eat vegetables. However, he would drink the juice from the pot after the vegetables were cooked. As a child, Croxton loved to shoot marbles and play ball. This passion would follow him later in life. Coming from a large family, Croxton developed a strong bond with his brothers; Patrick Rochelle, Franklin Delano, Alexander, Edmond Conrad. and Ponce De Leon. Growing up on the Wire Grass Road, Croxton was surrounded by a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and family members; many with whom he maintained close ties.
Croxton began his educational journey at the age of 5, attending Rosewald Elementary School in Fairmont, North Carolina. In 1950 he made the transition to Proctorville High School, Proctorville, North Carolina where he graduated in 1954. During his years in high school, Croxton was an award-winning athlete who participated in several sports including varsity baseball, basketball, the High Jump and track. In 1954, while competing against other Division 1A high schools in Roberson County, Croxton won the 100- and 200-meter races. He won the high jump relay as well. Croxton was also the lead singer of the Proctorville High School Quartet. Per the recollection of his friends, Cleveland Bethea and Gwynn Campbell, Croxton had a try-out with the Pittsburgh Pirates, a minor league baseball club based in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
Eventually, Croxton would begin working for Gerald’s Amoco Service Station, located on 41 South, Lumberton, N.C. In June of 1959, he decided to leave the Wire Grass Road for Atlantic City. N.J. where he was employed by the Mayflower Hotel in Ocean City, N.J. In September of the same year, Croxton would relocate to New York City, where he worked for an eyeglass company. He would later work in the fashion industry. While in New York. Croxton would remain in close contact with his family. He was the first baby-sitter to several of his nieces and nephews. He was an avid supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. One of his favorite past-times was to attend the CIAA tournament. He attended the CIAA basketball tournament for at least 49 years. Croxton remained in New York City until he answered the call of the Master.
Croxton is survived by his son Croxton Lamont Brown, grandson River Maxwell Brown, brothers Alexander Gerald, Edmond Conrad Gerald (Josephine Moore), and Ponce De Leon Gerald (Barbara Henry-Gerald). Special friends: Joe Johnson Jr., Diane Duckett, her daughter Nechelle Brown-Dawkins, and Nechelles’ children, Kravon and Kelcie Dawkins. Croxton leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends whom he loved dearly.
He was predeceased by his sister Genell Gerald, brothers Patrick Rochelle Gerald and Franklin Delano Gerald, nephew Gregory Conrad Gerald, nieces Vickie Elaine Gerald and Sonya Gerald-McDonald and great niece Lauren Nicole Robinson.
Prior to his death, Croxton expressed his desire to make known his appreciation to those who visited, called, sat with him and prayed for him. A special thank you to Josephine Moore, Ambrose Jearld, Anna Cecilia Martin, Daniel Pelham, Nathan Waddell, Belinda Craven-Gerald, Dr. Eric Goldman and the staff at Calvary Hospital.
Let brotherly love continue Hebrews 13:1 Edmond, Ponce, and Alexander
The family wishes to express their gratitude for your outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. “Pot” was a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a confidant, a motivator, and a supporter to many. His presence will be missed beyond words. We ask that you continue to pray for our family as we adjust to life without Croxton. We love you!