Obituary: Janelle Champion Cross


Funeral service for Janelle Champion Cross, age 69, of Cullman, is Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held the night before on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Kelley Cemetery in Pine Hill, Alabama.

Cullman Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. 

Janelle was born to John David Champion and Olma Lassiter Champion on September 3, 1954. She passed from this life on March 28, 2024 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. 

She is preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Cross; son, Glenn Champion (Rachel); daughter, Brandy Cross (Brandon Stephens); son-in-law, Aaron Bailey (Ginnie); best friend, Missy; brothers, Russell Champion, Keith Champion (Mary), Bobby Ray Champion (Melanie); sisters, Marilyn Morgan, Hazel Romie (Jeff); grandchildren, David Glenn Thompson, Kassie Wagner (Steven), Promise Champion, Rosie Bailey (Jackson Hudgins), Holley Champion, Sarah Gentry; fourteen great-grandchildren; a host of family and friends. 

Janelle was full of life and lived every day to its fullest. She loved nature and animals and enjoyed fishing and camping. Wolves were her favorite animal and she was always fascinated by them. She loved coloring and painting, was a huge Auburn fan, and enjoyed thrifting. Family describes her as a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who always put others first. She will be missed by all the lives she touched. 

Pallbearers:  Aaron Bailey, Steven Wagner, Brandon Stephens, Jackson Hudgins, Jamie “Vern” Morgan, Bud Clouse.