Heyward James Crosby

By October 5, 2013 Obituaries

Heyward James Crosby, 67, of North Charleston, died October 3, 2013.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:00AM at Crossroads Community Church, 505 Gahagan Road, Summerville, SC. The family will receive visitors an hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 44-A Markfield Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

Mr. Crosby retired as a Deputy with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. He previously served as a Sergeant with the Charleston County Police Department and   Captain with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department. He retired as a Master Sergeant with the US Air Force Reserves. He was also a Master Mason.

Survivors include his daughters, Dee Dee Ellis and her husband Lee of Summerville, SC, Jamie Crosby of Hanahan, SC; grandchildren, Hunter, Kailee, Kenzie, Malakhi, and Gabriel; sister, Barbara Noland and Joann Head; brother, Darrell Crosby; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services, North Charleston, SC.


  • Elaine Hood says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

  • Jennifer & Brian Mosier says:

    DeeDee and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Laugh about and cherish all the happy memories you have and know Mr Crosby has gone to be with our creator.

    • DeeDee Ellis says:

      Jennifer & Brian, thank you so much! I do believe that laughter is the best medicine & my Dad would NOT want us to be sad! He is a much better place with no more pain & with strong healthy lungs & heart!!

  • Joyce Kephart-Adair says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the Crosby family. A terrific man gone to soon. I hope you all can find peace in knowing he brought fond memories to many. My favorite is the ripping in half and then half again of the phone book. James will be missed but his legacy will live on.

    • DeeDee Ellis says:

      Hey Joyce, thank you for your kind words! That means a lot to us!! My dad was quite the character & will go down in history over the phone books! LOL!!

  • Sandie says:

    I was so sorry to hear about James passing. I hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of loss. If I can do anything to help you during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to let me know.
    You have my deepest sympathy.
    Sandie Broyles

    • DeeDee Ellis says:

      Hi Sandie, not sure if Barbara will see your comment but I will be sure to pass it on to her! Thank you for your kind words!

  • Al Cannon says:

    James and I grew up together so many years ago. Went to school and played baseball together from elementary school on up. We later policed together, but I didn’t know him that way so well. Thinking about him takes me back to my childhood, and makes me think about his parents and my parents who were friends. Most of us that grew up in the “North Area” grew up in families of hard working, blue collar workers. Many worked in the Navy Yard. Good times. Baseball on the field at Pinehaven back at the corner near McMillan and Meeting Street. Named after the Tuberculosis hospital that had been located there at one time. A couple hundred yards away, James spent a lot of his police career working out of the County Police Headquarters and the Narcotics Office that was located there in the back building , with the gas pumps out back. I know those Narcs could tell some stories. James right in the middle of them. A great sense of humor, but you did not want him mad at you.

    • DeeDee Ellis says:

      Sheriff, it was truly an honor having you speak at our Dad’s memorial service! We love hearing stories from his childhood! It’s history about him that we did not know. It’s so neat when you learn things about your parents when that were little kids! Law enforcement was truly in his blood and it defined him! Once he retired he struggled with what to do next because law enforcement was who he was!! I too feel law enforcement is in my blood! I was always so proud to show him off in uniform, no matter how old I got!! Again, thank you for your kind words & everything your Honor Guard did for us!! They were amazing!!

  • Diane Ward Fox says:

    May God bless the entire Crosby family.I have many fond memories of playing all around the neighborhood and of playing a lot of basketball.James was one of my favorite childhood friends even though he always won at cops and robbers !!!! Remember the Dixie Theatre on Saturday afternoons !!! James was a character there,too !!! Wow,were we young then ?? James———May your soul be at peace and may you be satisfied with the rest of us.We will be there soon.

    • DeeDee Ellis says:

      Diane, thank you so much for your kind words!! I would LOVE to talk to you about my Dad as a child!