ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Solicitor Chrissy Adams has died following a battle with cancer.
Solicitor-elect David Wagner confirmed Adams passed away Tuesday night surrounded by family at her home.
Adams served as solicitor of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, prosecuting cases in Anderson and Oconee counties. She had served as solicitor since January 2005.
Adams announced in February that she would not seek re-election and planned to retire for health reasons.
Following her graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law, she began prosecuting cases in Charleston. She went on to prosecute for the 13th Judicial Circuit and served as deputy solicitor for Oconee County where she prosecuted defendants on serious felony charges including murder, rape, and armed robbery, according to the biography on her website.
“She was a great boss and a great solicitor and an even better person,” Wagner said. “When I remember back, I know she was an even better person than she was a boss or coworker or solicitor. She was just a great person.”
He said Adams’ death came after “a long and sustained battle with cancer.”
Wagner released the following statement:
Chrissy Adams was a fighter. She fought this battle with the determination, courage and dignity we’ve all come to expect from her. Our thoughts and prayers go to her husband Eddie, and to her sons Gregory and James and the rest of their family. Chrissy Adams has left a lasting contribution and impact on our community and I was proud to call her a colleague and a friend.”
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is also saddened by her loss. Crenshaw said in a statement that he admired her mindset as she battled cancer. “She never gave up,” Crenshaw said.
Colleagues and opponents say Adams was tough in the courtroom and worked tirelessly for Anderson and Oconee counties and the entire state.
“She’s a tough competitive advocate if she took a position adverse to your, you knew you were in a tough fight. She did not back down,” Tom Dunaway, an attorney and President of the Anderson Bar, explained.
“She fought it hard and you know, working with her was always professional. We always had cases we had to discuss and get down to the hard line, but we always compromised. I enjoyed working with her over the years,” said John Skipper, the Anderson County Sheriff.
“It is sad because she has been such a leader for the solicitors here. She’s president of the solicitors association for years and she always fought for what she thought was right,” 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette added. “Across the state, she tried to make the laws better for people and tried to make prosecution better for people in South Carolina.”
The visitation of friends and family will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, December 30, at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 406 N. Academy St. in Greenville with the funeral to follow at 11 a.m.
Graveside services will be Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Live Oak Memorial Gardens, 3903 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC.