Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders died unexpectedly Friday of a heart attack.
Winders suffered a massive heart attack at his home Friday morning. Wayne County EMS began treating Winders at his home before transporting him to Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
After learning the news about Winders, Gov. Pat McCrory shared his condolences.
"Ann and I are saddened to learn of the loss of Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders. Sheriff Winders was a beloved member of his community, held in high esteem and admired for his faith, values and love for his family," McCrory said. "His service to Wayne County since 1994 made his community a better place to live, work and play. We would like to offer our support and prayers for his wife, Teresa, and their children Ashley, Carianne and Jessica."
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Maj. Fane
Greeenfield will serve as sheriff until the County Commissionersappoint some to fulfill the rest of Winders term.