Bobby Lewis Crosby

bobby crosby

July 21, 1948 ~ January 15, 2021

Born in: Graham, Georgia
Resided in: Watkinsville, Georgia

Bobby Crosby age 72 of Watkinsville, GA passed away suddenly on Friday, January 15, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis M. Crosby and Maurice Bullard Crosby. He is survived by his Step-Mother Martha Jo Crosby; son Cole Lewis Crosby (and family), daughter Danielle Lee Evans (and Chad) and their mother Sharon Crosby ; Grandchildren Rayna and Tesla Evans; brother Gregory Crosby and sisters Shelia Ladwig and Lisa Carr and 8 nieces and nephews.

Bobby was born July 21, 1948 in Graham, Georgia. After graduating from Georgia State University and serving in the US Navy he entered law enforcement working with Dekalb County Probation before joining the Georgia State Pardons and Parole system. He was also a firearms instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth and once won the Toughest Cop competition. His law enforcement background and his passion for running led to him being selected for the Torch Relay Team for the 1996 Summer Olympics, allowing him to take part in running the torch cross country to the Olympic Venue in Atlanta. At the time of his passing he was working for St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens.

A Graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, 1832 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Ga. at 2:00 pm.

Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at


Graveside Service: January 23, 2021 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

White Chapel Memorial Gardens
1832 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096


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  1. CandleImageOur condolences to the Bobby Crosby family for their great loss. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fellow police officers.

  2. CandleImageYou’ll always be in our hearts Pop Pop!! You are gone way too soon but I know you’re celebrating with Elijah in Heaven. Wishing you were here to meet baby Luna coming soon, but I bet God has already showed you even more than I know about her. Guess I’ll have to put my running shoes back on soon and hit the pavement in your honor. I love you Dad!

  3. CandleImageMy heart is feeling such a void with the passing of this kind, gentle soul. Bobby was not only a coworker, he was a dear friend and more like family to me. I will cherish the bond and funny memories we created during our friendship. I will forever remember this amazing friend and his fun sense of humor, our singing and dancing to 60s tunes, sharing pictures and videos, and precious stories about our children, his grandchildren, our cats, our law enforcement experiencs..and his excitement for any challenges thrown his way. I have so many great memories to help mend my shattered heart. Heaven gained an amazing man. He never met a stranger! My sincere condolences to the entire Crosby family. God Bless you all. (I am sorry I will be unable to attend the service, because I will be working.)

  4. CandleImageI have many fond memories of Bob at the Parole Conferences. He was always smiling and laughing and a lot of fun to be around.

    My condolences to his family during this time.

  5. My Condolences to the Crosby family. I worked with Bob and always thought so very highly of him. RIP.

  6. My deepest condolences to Danielle and Cole for the loss of their father and to all of Bobby’s family and friends for their loss. Thinking of all of you.

  7. CandleImageBobby,
    You are the love of my life. I have never experienced such a precious love as yours. We had plans, but while we were planning, life was going on. That road ran out for us much too soon. But you will always be with me in my heart. The emptiness I can fill with sweet memories that no one can ever take away. I am blessed to have had you in my life, and I hope you know how much I love you, now and forever. I know you’re in Heaven running with the angels; you have completed your race here on earth. So thankful that you knew Jesus. As the Bible says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there awaits a crown of righteousness for me…” That is you, my sweetheart. One day I’ll see you again. I love you always still one more, forever and always.

  8. CandleImageSo sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Parole. He was truly a nice man. Know that you will all miss him. Hope your good memories of Bob will give you comfort during this time. Love and prayers.

  9. CandleImageI had the opportunity to attend many of Bob’s classes, and work with him on several occasions. He was a wonderful, funny, and very professional and capable person. A good guy in every sense. I was lucky to know him.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I worked with Bob at Georgia State Parole, and along with Bob, was one of the four parole officers chosen to travel with Georgia State Patrol as a security runner with the 1996 Olympic Torch. He could easily have run all day long. He was quick with a smile and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

  11. CandleImageI became a parole officer in 2008, and had the privilege of knowing Bob as an instructor, coworker, fellow officer, and friend. He was an instrumental part of my career, and he will be remembered fondly. Prayers for the Crosby family. May Bob rest in peace.

  12. CandleImageWe are all heart broken and in shock about Bob’s sudden passing. I was blessed to have two amazing children with him Cole and Danielle. And eventually 5 beautiful grand children with another on the way in February! Bob and I spoke at least once a month to brag with each other about the accomplishments of our children and grandchildren. We rode the roller coaster of life together for 25 years through good times and bad. Bob will be dearly missed by his family and friends. My prayers are especially for my children as they navigate through the sadness and grief of losing their Father way to soon. I know Bob has been reunited with his Mother, Father, and our precious Elijah. May you rest in peace Bob and find comfort in Jesus arms.

    • Sharon, I know we’ve lost contact over the years, but just wanted you to know I still think the world of you and Bob. I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this time.

      • Thank you so much for your message Charles. My children and I appreciate your condolences more than you know. I also enjoyed working with you and miss the friends I made in the probation office. Hope you are doing well and staying healthy. Sharon

  13. CandleImageMr. Crosby was a gentle soul that I became to know while working with him for a number of years with Pardons and Paroles. Mr. Crosby will be truly missed, and he is heading to a great gift our home in heaven!

  14. Bob is a great man and will be for eternity. He and I met when I began with Parole in 2000. We had some good times together in training. Best wishes and prayers to the family!

    David McBrayer

  15. I had the pleasure of working with Bob for a short while after DCS was formed. Like so many others have said, he was always smiling. No matter the challenges we faced at work… he always had a smile and something funny to say! My prayers are with his family that they find peace in his memory and the legacy that he leaves on this earth.

  16. I had the privilege to have worked with Bob for a time at SBPP. He was an honorable and very capable person who was pleasant to work with. RIP my friend.

  17. To the family. In Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. I pray that you are obedient and adhere to the words of the Lord. Obedience is better than sacrifice. In our obedience, the Lord reveals and commands us to; Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken (Psalms 55:22). I mourn with you in this time of sadness, but also rejoice with you in this time of spiritual joy as Bob transitions into eternity with The Father. May the peace of God rest upon as Bob is comforted in the bosom of Abraham.

  18. CandleImageI’ve known Bob since 1976, when he came to work at DeKalb Adult Probation. He has always been a kind and thoughtful person, and one I could trust my life with as we served warrants, kicked doors, and got into foot chases…of course, with Bon, the foot chases didn’t last long, as he trained himself diligently by running daily. He was a good man that I have much admiration for, and he was a great law enforcement officer. He will remain in my thoughts forever. May God be with his family; may He wrap His strong and loving arms around them, and hold them tight, during this time of loss and grief.

  19. I have been struggling to find words appropriate to explain what a driving force you have been in my life. You and I were paired together when I started parole and you transferred to Athens. I learned the job from you and you learned your way around Athens from me. You would call me over the years to ask where a particular street was, jokingly calling me “McNally” due to my unusual knowledge of Clarke county streets. I recall one time when I was a single mom with two toddlers and you called me around 8 pm to ask if I could drive to the office to get the spare key and bring it to you in a different county because you locked yourself out of your car at a parolees house. I had to get kids out of bed and come to your rescue. If I remember correctly, I made you buy my lunch the next day. You were such a good friend and a great listener and I value your friendship. The loss of you in this world is truly hard to grasp. My thoughts are with Dani & Cole, their families, your family & Ms Kay. I am truly thankful and blessed to have known you, worked with you and had you in my life. Rest In Peace dear friend. You are missed.

    • That’s a good story about being locked out of his car at a parolee’s house 🙂 I remember him talking about you. I remember the Athens office well from coming up there occasionally to meet Dad for lunch when I was at UGA. Thanks for sharing.

  20. So sad to see this ! I first met Bob when I was Chief of the state probation office in Decatur and Bob worked for Jimmy Helms and Dot Pickett for the Dekalb County probation office. We became friends immediately. We shared a common love for running but it was more than that ……Bob was just a great guy ! We would see each other at training, conferences, and at Atlanta Track Club races all around Atlanta.Although we lost touch over the years I’ll always remember that smile ! I had so much respect for Bob as a professional, a runner, and as a person. My condolences to the family.

  21. CandleImageSo sorry for y’all’s lost. Bob was such a great guy. It was an honor to work with him. Peach be with y’all.

  22. CandleImageYet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to be with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8).
    My condolences to the family. I worked with Bob at the Parole Board. He was a very kind soul.

  23. Tracy and I are so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and send our sympathies and prayers to his family. Bob was a good friend and great coworker during our time together with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. He was a leader, great instructor and, most of all, a true pleasure to be around and share a laugh with. We know that he will be missed.

  24. CandleImageI would like to wish my strongest condolences to the Crosby family. Bob was a very good man and co-worker. I worked with him as a Firearms Instructor and he was always so patient and thorough with students. His leadership, kindness and respect for others was truly an asset to the agency and it’s employees. On a personal note – I had the opportunity to participate in several road races and Bob was always encouraging and a great competitor. His memory will be held in high esteem by all of those he touched. As a fellow Navy Veteran: Rest easy now shipmate, Job well done, Your Watch has ended and now we have the watch.


  25. CandleImageI’ve been away from the Parole Board for over 15 years, but when I was there, Bob and I were great friends. I cannot believe that he is gone. He and I shared many things and I know the world is a lesser place without him.
    My sincerest condolences to Kay and his family.

  26. CandleImageI’m sorry to hear about this sad news. Bob’s family is in my thoughts. Bob supervised me at the Lawrenceville Parole Office in the early 90s. I have fond memories of Bob who had such a nice presence about him (I have more appreciation for these types of things as I get older). He was patient and helpful to me as I was new to the field. He also had a fun sense of humor as he pulled off the greatest April Fool’s Day prank ever with our staff (I won’t get into the details but it was awesome). Thank you Bob for everything you did for me. Sincerely (RIP), Rob

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