- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - Funeral services for North Carolina congressional hopeful Keith Crisco are being held in his hometown of Asheboro.

The textile company founder and former North Carolina Commerce Department secretary is being remembered Friday at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro. Crisco co-founded a textile company that is one of the biggest employers in Asheboro.

He died in an accident at his home Monday, hours after he’d decided to give up on his pursuit of the Democratic Party nomination for a congressional seat now held by Republican Renee Ellmers. The 71-year-old was near the front door of his house when he fell and hit his head.

Final votes counted Tuesday showed Crisco lost narrowly to Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.

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