Scott County Sheriff passes away from cancer

Scott County Sheriff passes away from cancer

Posted: Updated: Dec 8, 2013 11:40 PM
(Courtesy: Scott County Sheriff's Office Facebook) Sheriff Mike Cross (Courtesy: Scott County Sheriff's Office Facebook) Sheriff Mike Cross
@ScottCo_Sheriff posted this tweet Sunday morning. @ScottCo_Sheriff posted this tweet Sunday morning.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) - Friends, family and the Scott County community are remembering Sheriff Mike Cross who died after a battle with cancer Sunday.

Friends and co-workers say he cared deeply about his job, his faith and his community.

Former Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Cross knew Sheriff Cross for about 30 years.

"Since he and I both had the same name, we were both in law enforcement, the post office got us confused sometimes. He got my mail, I got his," Cross said.

Scott County residents say they were shocked when the sheriff was diagnosed with terminal cancer about a month ago.

"The community is very saddened about the loss of Mike. He was a good man. We've lost a good law enforcement officer, and a good God-fearing man. We're all saddened by his sudden illness and death," Cross said.

Sheriff Cross was known for cracking down on drug abuse and starting monthly prayer meetings for those affected by drugs.

"I think he did a real good job. His passion was drugs because of what it does to the community," Cross said.

Since the sheriff's death this morning, there has been an outpouring of reaction on social media. On the Scott County Sheriff's Office Official Facebook page, this status was posted:

"Today we lost a brother, a leader, a man of God and a man of justice. Sheriff Mike Cross will always be remembered. His legacy will always carry on."

On Twitter, this post was shared Sunday morning through Sheriff Cross' account:

"Sheriff Mike Cross - a husband, a father, a brother, a friend, a man of God, a man of Justice and a man of honor."

On Facebook, Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins posted:

"Today we learn and reflect, mourning the death of a dedicated public servant who lived to serve his family and his citizens with distinction. We are saddened that our neighbor and friend in law enforcement, Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross, has lost his valiant battle with cancer. Sheriff Cross leaves behind a legacy of love and service to his family, employees and the citizens of Scott County. Our love, care and prayers go out to and remain with the family of Sheriff Mike Cross, his law enforcement family and the citizens of Scott County that he served so graciously. Let us all find comfort in our Lord. Philippines 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself."

"He put his heart and soul into the law enforcement career and did the best he could under the circumstances," Cross said.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office will be wearing black memorial bands on their badges in memory of Sheriff Cross.

The Scott County Commission will appoint an interim sheriff to serve until an election in August. The sheriff's office says that will likely be Chief Deputy Ronnie Phillips.

Sheriff Cross was elected sheriff in 2010, before that he served as the Oneida Chief of Police.

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