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Funeral services scheduled for Sheriff Cross

Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. for Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross.

Sheriff Cross, 56, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, at his home with his family by his side, following a battle with cancer.

The family will receive friends for visitation at White Rock Baptist Church Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The church is located on Baker Highway in Huntsville. The funeral will be held at the church Friday with pastor Jim West and Carlie Duncan officiating. Interment will follow the memorial service at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Pioneer.

"Sunday morning, Scott County regretfully lost the best sheriff it has seen in decades, if not in its entire history," Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals said. "From his dedicated fight on drugs to his devotion to his family and the Lord, Sheriff Cross put his best efforts into making Scott County a safer place to live and raise a family. Scott County has lost one of its most esteemed icons. He will be missed.

Both the Scott County School System and the Oneida Special School District will dismiss classes at noon Friday in observance of Sheriff Cross's funeral.

"Sheriff Cross was a true friend to our school system and brought dignity and respect to his office," Scott County Director of Schools Bill Hall said in announcing that schools would dismiss early Friday.

"Mike was an ally of the school systems in this county and realized our problems were community problems that required mobilization from all county entities and divine guidance from above," Oneida Special School District Director of Schools Ann Sexton said. "We cannot let his vision die or let his dreams fade."

Sheriff Cross is survived by his wife of 27 years, Tammy, along with two children: Daughter Mallory and son Michael Tyler.

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