Those who knew longtime Georgetown County Sheriff A. Lane Cribb described him as a dedicated leader who loved his community.
“It’s a tremendous loss,” Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do now.”
Cribb, 73, died Thursday morning following a brief illness at the Medical University of South Carolina, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department. Cribb, who was first elected in 1992, was re-elected six times to the sheriff’s position.
Cribb, who was born in 1946 in Pleasant Hill, began his career in law enforcement in 1973, serving as an investigator with the South Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control. He attended Horry Georgetown Technical University, Limestone College and the University of Alabama, according to his profile on the GCSO’s website.
He then worked as a criminal investigator with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office until he returned to work as an investigator with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
“Lane was friends with everybody,” said Richardson, who has been friends with Cribb since he was an assistant prosecutor. Cribb, Richardson and Richardson’s son, Joshua, used to ride in the Fourth of July parade together.
Richardson used words such as “humble” and “wonderful” to describe the long-time sheriff.
Cribb established the Georgetown County Re-entry program, established more than 30 neighborhood watch programs and set up the Safe Families initiative to combat domestic violence, according to a 2016 Sun News article following Cribb’s seventh term victory as sheriff.
Assistant Sheriff Carter Weaver said Cribb was a beloved leader in his community.
“Right now our only concern is getting him back home to Georgetown County,” Weaver said.
Almost immediately after Cribb’s death was announced, the community began posting about his legacy. The GCSO Facebook post has over 1,000 shares and 500 comments. Dozens of people shared their memories of Cribb and praised him as a hardworking, community-oriented man who served his community well.
Georgetown’s U.S. House Rep. Tom Rice, R-7, said Cribb had a remarkable ability to relate with all people in Georgetown regardless of political party or background. Rice added that Cribb truly embodied what it meant to be a good elected leader.
“I never heard anyone say a negative word about him,” Rice said. “I know he left his office in good shape, but I also know it’s going to be tough for them because we all miss him so much.”
Members of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office accompanied Cribb’s body to Georgetown County on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church of Georgetown. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Georgetown.
Online condolences may be left at www.ridgewayfh.com.