Scott County mourns sheriff

Scott County mourns sheriff

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Sheriff Mike Cross (source: Scott County Sheriff's Office Facebook) Sheriff Mike Cross (source: Scott County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
People came from miles around for a Thursday night visitation at White Rock Baptist Church. People came from miles around for a Thursday night visitation at White Rock Baptist Church.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds gathered to remember a local sheriff who lost his battle with cancer. Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross died on Sunday. Flags in the county are at half-staff. People came from miles around for a Thursday night visitation at White Rock Baptist Church.

Among those who'll miss Cross the most are members of his own team.

"Almost like a father to us. A brother in law enforcement," said Officer Michael Keeton, who worked under Cross.

Cross was known for his caring spirit.

"He was a family man. He cares about officer's families, and families of citizens. That's why he was big on drug activity here in Scott County," explained Officer Keeton.

In recent years, the sheriff made fighting drug crime his mission. When traditional methods didn't seem to work, he organized community prayer meetings where locals regularly came together to ask God for a solution.

"He was determined to solve the drug problem. But there are no quick solutions. So he thought he would take it to a higher power than law enforcement," explained Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals.

When Cross was diagnosed with cancer, he still came to work.

"We were aware that he was sick. We didn't know he was in such an advanced stage," Officer Keeton explained.

It's dedication that will be missed.

"It's going to be very sad here for a while. A long while," Officer Keeton said.

A funeral is being held on Friday at 2 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church. His burial is at Fairview Memorial Gardens.

Area school districts will close early and county offices will be closed, for the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Shop with a Cop" program.

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