Memorial, viewing planned for late Congressional candidate Keith Crisco

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ASHEBORO, N.C. – A memorial has been finalized for a Congressional candidate from Asheboro who died suddenly Monday.

A public visitation for friends will be held for Keith Crisco at Pugh Funeral Home, on Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro.

Crisco, 71, was beloved as a businessman, politician and advocate for Asheboro.

"Nobody could keep up with him," said Jim Meredith, with the Randolph County Democratic Party.

Crisco went from a partner in the textile business he helped form, AEC, to its leader and then ventured into politics through the city council.

"I know some people in high positions that would go to him for advice, it was a natural thing to do, he was a mentor to many people," said Meredith.

After a little more than one term as a city councilman, Cristo went from a mentor to a leader as Secretary of Commerce for North Carolina.

"It was a great sense of personal pride for him," said John Ogburn. "It was a great moment of community pride for Asheboro."

Meredith said Crisco had his eye on a run for Congress long before he entered the race. If not for a health scare in 2013, he would have launched that campaign sooner according to Meredith.

An official cause of death has not been released, but a campaign insider told ABC 11 in Raleigh that Crisco tripped on a rug and fell backwards, hitting his head.