Ray Crosby, the late legislative bill writer who was indicted on bribery charges in Alabama's federal gambling corruption trial but cleared following his sudden death, was the subject of an Alabama Senate resolution Tuesday.
The Alabama State House issued SR6, an official condolence regarding Joseph Ray Crosby, III.
The resolution reads:
MOURNING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF JOSEPH RAYMOND CROSBY, III.
WHEREAS, while we note with sadness the untimely death of Joseph Raymond "Ray" Crosby, III, of Montgomery, Alabama, on January 29, 2012, we commend and celebrate his invaluable 65 years of life with thanksgiving; and
WHEREAS, Ray was a graduate of the University of Alabama and John Marshall School of Law; he was a valued legislative analyst for the Alabama Legislative Reference Service for 30 years and served as a member of the First Legislative Task Force of the Alabama State Bar; and
WHEREAS, Ray was a dedicated member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery where he was involved with several ministries at the Church, including Family Promise, Beans and Rice Ministry, and the Wednesday night New Beginnings tutoring program; and
WHEREAS, among those left to mourn his untimely death and cherish his life are his children, Joseph Raymond Crosby, IV, and Sarah Ann Crosby; his siblings and their spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Augustus Smith, Ms. Martha Bayley Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Neil Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. Miller Williams, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lanier; and
WHEREAS, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, for most of his life, he served the community by volunteering with the YMCA Soccer Program, raising funds for the YMCA indoor soccer facility, supporting the Montgomery Academy as an active volunteer, and raising funds for the Alabama Cancer Society through A Vintage Affair; and
WHEREAS, he enjoyed his family and many lifelong friends, all of whom are greatly saddened by his loss; he will be missed, but his memory will be forever treasured in the hearts of those whose lives he shared; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That even as we grieve the untimely death of Joseph Raymond Crosby, III, it is appropriate to express our sincere gratitude for his life, and we offer this resolution to his family with heartfelt sympathy and condolence.
Crosby, Joseph Raymond, III
The resolution came on the first day of the regular legislative session for 2012.