A former South Carolina sheriff’s official died Thursday at the age of 65 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Mike Williams said that Dr. William F. Smith died at his home in the community of Stone Mountain.
He said Smith’s death was not life-threatening.
He gave no other details about his death.
Smith was a member of the department’s tactical team and deputy sheriff for the area of Stone River and Clay counties from 1984 until 1995.
He became a civilian in 1995, the year after the death of his son, Michael Smith.
Michael Smith said his father passed away while they were both still on duty.
They had two sons, and Michael Smith said he would have loved to see Michael Smith back on the force.
“He was a good man, a good cop, a nice guy.
I would have wanted him to be back on that job,” he said.
The Stone Mountain community is home to the state’s largest Confederate monument, the Stone Mountain Soldiers’ Monument, which features Confederate flags.
The monument is one of several reminders of the Southern Civil War.
It was built in 1962 after the Confederate flag was outlawed in South Carolina.
Smith and several other former South Carolinians served as sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and county commissioners.
He was the first South Carolina commissioner to be killed in the line of duty.