Update 7:58 a.m.
Scott County and Oneida schools are dismissing at noon on Friday for the funeral service of Sheriff Mike Cross.
Family, friends, and the community will gather at the White Rock Baptist Church in Huntsville at 2 p.m. for Cross's funeral. The burial will follow in the Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Instead of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to F.O.P. "Shop with a Cop" Big South Fork Lodge #86 P.O. Box 121 Huntsville, TN 37756.
Throughout the day, the Scott County Sheriff's Department will receive help from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Campbell County Sheriff's Department and other local agencies as its celebrates the life, legacy and service of Cross.
Thursday night, hundreds of people attended a five hour visitation for the sheriff at the Huntsville church.Cross, 56, of Pioneer passed away from cancer at his home on Sunday. For the past three years, Cross led the Scott County Sheriff's Office. Before this positions, Cross was chief of the Oneida Police Department. His career in law enforcement spanned 25 years.
Thursday night, an East Tennessee community came together to celebrate the life of a lawman lost to cancer.
Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross passed away on Sunday. He was 56. Cross oversaw the Scott County Sheriff's Office for three years. Before that, he was the chief of the Oneida Police Department.
Family and friends held a five hour visitation for Cross at White Rock Baptist Church in Huntsville. Hundreds of people attended that gathering.
Daryl Laxton is the chief of the Oneida Police Department. He's known Cross since they were kids.
"Mike was a great person to work for, great leader, great friend," Laxton said.
They both entered into law enforcement during the 1980s. Laxton said Cross just had a way about him.
"He would tell you what he thought," Laxton said. "Love it or hate it, it was straight up, it was straight to you."
Locals fondly remember how Cross tried to tackle Scott County's drug problem with prayer. They also remember the impact he had on the community's children.
Under Cross' direction, the Scott County Sheriff's department regularly held events outside of the classroom to keep kids off drugs.
It will be a short school day tomorrow for all students in Scott County, out of respect to Cross.
"He constantly was doing things for the school system, encouraging our kids," said Scott Co. School Board Member John Thompson.
Sheriff Cross' funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church in Huntsville.
He will then be buried at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Throughout the day, the Scott County Sheriff's Department will receive help from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Campbell County Sheriff's Department and other local agencies as its mourns the loss of Cross.