A large crowd packed a Scott County church Friday afternoon, to say their goodbyes to their sheriff.
Sheriff Mike Cross lost a battle with cancer this week. Cross was well-liked and respected by the community, many called him a God-fearing man, and a great leader.
Cross was particularly remembered for his faith. He was very public in his desire to rely on the power of faith to fight crime. Cross was involved in uniting several church congregations and organizing prayer vigils to help combat an epidemic of meth and other drug abuse in Scott County
Family, friends, community members, and law enforcement officers from other parts of the state attended the funeral services, and the visitation Thursday evening.
We talked to residents and some of Cross' former coworkers about his impact.
They said in his passing he deserved all of this and more.
"I just hate it for his family, that it happened, and I just want them to know we all feel their grief, "said Scott County resident James Lawson.
"Mike was a special person. He was a mentor, even though we were the same age, he was kind of a father figure to all of us," said former Oneida police officer Mel Acres.
"The life changing memories that I have of him, showing me right from wrong, showing me how to enforce the law, telling me stories of him when he was in law enforcement, I've adapted that into my everyday being now," said former Oneida police officer Gerry Garrett.
The funeral service lasted well over two hours at White Rock Baptist Church. Then, a long procession, filled with the flashing blue lights of emergency vehicles, headed down Howard Baker Highway for his burial at Fairview Memorial Gardens.
There were many people who lined the streets there to get a glimpse of the procession.
We will have more on the final goodbye to Sheriff MIke Cross on Fox43 10:00 News and 10News Nightbeat at 11:00.