Funeral For Keith Crisco Set For Friday

A final goodbye Friday for a North Carolina politician who died in his home the day before his primary was to be called.

Seventy-one-year-old Keith Crisco died Monday after a fall at his Asheboro home.

Crisco was running for the Democratic seat in Congress against Clay Aiken.

Funeral services for Crisco will be held 2 p.m. Friday at First Methodist Church in Asheboro.



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Visitation services for the North Carolina politician who died suddenly Monday will be Thursday in his hometown of Asheboro.

Keith Crisco, 71, died after a fall at his home Monday.

Crisco was running for the Democratic seat in Congress against Clay Aiken.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro.



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Clay Aiken's opponent in the Democratic primary for Congress, who died in an accident Monday afternoon, spent a lot of free time here in the east.

Keith Crisco accomplished incredible things in his 71 years. He graduated from Harvard University, founded the Asheboro Elastics Company, and served as the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Crisco was a busy man, but when it came to relaxing he would often head to his waterfront home in Oriental. Many locals were shocked and saddened to hear the news of his death.

"He is just one of those people that is better than most of us," said Keith Smith of Oriental. "I was hopeful again when I found out he was running for United States Congress."

Henry Frazer spent a lot of time with one of Crisco's sons. He said the familiar face will be missed.

"He'd be the kind of guy you'd like for your neighbor," said Frazer. "Solid guy, self made, and really a hero for North Carolina. It's quite a loss."

Funeral services for Crisco will be held 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Pugh Funeral Home.

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A man who last week came within 400 votes of defeating Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary for congress has died.

Keith Crisco, former state Secretary of Commerce, died today, according to an employee of one of his companies.

Crisco and Aiken were the top two candidates in Tuesday's primary for the 2nd Congressional District. The American Idol runner up came in first with just over 40% of the vote.

A spokeswoman at Asheboro Elastics Corporation told WITN that the 71-year-old Crisco died this afternoon after a fall at his home. The accident happened around 1:00 p.m.

Officials had said the race was too close to call and was possibly headed toward a recount.

Crisco, who owned several textile companies, was Secretary of Commerce under Gov. Beverly Perdue for four years.

“My heart sank, like so many other people who admired Keith Crisco, when I learned of his sudden passing,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “While I was a mayor, and now as governor, Keith was a partner, collaborator and strong advocate for the state he loved."

Crisco is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane, and his three children and six grandchildren.


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