Former Aiken County Sheriff dies at 83
A former Aiken County sheriff died over the weekend.
Former Aiken County Sheriff Carrol Geddings Heath was 83 when he died on Feb. 9 at his home, according to his obituary with Cole Funeral Home.
Heath was elected as the new sheriff in 1984 and he served for eight years, leaving the position in 1992.
Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt said Heath was a good friend of his and he was a “lawman’s lawman.”
″(Heath) really had a passion for law enforcement,” Hunt said. “He was originally a detective with Aiken Public Safety under (former) Chief (J. Carrol) Busbee. I knew him when I was a young officer and I learned a lot from him.”
Hunt said Heath really loved his job and took it very seriously, doing everything in his power to make sure Aiken County was as safe as possible. He also made a change to the department that is still in use today.
“He did innovate one thing during his term as sheriff,” Hunt said. “He made the decision to change the guns deputies carried from a revolver to an automatic pistol. In the 1980′s many law enforcement agencies still used revolvers, but some were changing over to automatic pistols and he decided that would be a good idea. Now, deputies still are using them today.”
There will be a visitation for family and friends prior to Heath’s funeral at Cole Funeral Home & Cremation Services , 1544 University Parkway, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
His funeral will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 3 p.m.
″(Heath) was a good man,” Hunt said. “He really loved this town, he loved the people and the community. He will be missed.”
For more information about Heath’s funeral call Cole Funeral Home at 1-803-648-7175 or visit their website at colefuneralhomeinc.com/notices/CarrolGeddings-Heath.