ASHEBORO, N.C.-- The family of Keith Crisco has announced his funeral arrangements. Crisco who was a Congressional candidate for District 2 died on Monday after a fall at his home.
His funeral will be held on Friday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 224 North Fayetteville Street in Asheboro.The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home located at 437 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro.
On Monday, emergency workers said they responded to a call of an unconscious person at Crisco's home on Thayer Drive in Randolph County.
When first responders arrived at the house around 1:00 p.m., they found Crisco unresponsive at the scene.
A receptionist at Crisco's company Asheboro Elastics confirmed his death. She said they were told his death may have been as a result of a fall at his home.
According to WRAL, Democratic strategist Brad Crone said a campaign aide told him that Crisco tripped and hit his head on a walkway outside his home.
No winner has been declared yet in the Primary race between Crisco and Clay Aiken because the numbers are so close to call.
The State Board of Elections issued the following statement:
"The State Board of Elections is saddened to hear of the passing of Keith Crisco. A native of North Carolina, we are grateful for Mr. Crisco's service to our state and his community through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crisco family during this difficult time."
The City of Asheboro released the following statement:
"The City of Asheboro is saddened to learn of the death of former City Council member Keith Crisco. Mr. Crisco served 1 and 1/2 terms on the City Council prior to his appointment as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce in January, 2009. During his time on the City Council, he consistently demonstrated the intellect and steadfastness that made him so successful. In addition to his exceptional public service record which also included time on the Asheboro City Schools Board of Education, Mr. Crisco served on several non-profit boards and organizations and was an accomplished businessman, having helped to launch Asheboro Elastics Company in 1986.
"Keith was an excellent leader and public servant," according to Mayor David Smith. "His service to the City of Asheboro and the State of North Carolina serves as a testimony to his love of family, community, and our State."
The City of Asheboro wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to Keith's family, friends and colleagues on behalf of the entire organization and community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was fortunate enough to know Mr. Crisco or whose lives were improved by his remarkable life."