LUDOWICI, GA (WTOC) - Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles will be remembered for his big heart and his iron fist. He'll be missed by many in Long County...but also by Sheriffs around the state who looked up to him.
"I don't ever remember anyone saying anything bad about Cecil Nobles. If you ever mentioned the Sheriff...everyone just thought the world of him," Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said.
Sheriff Nobles was one of the first people to call and congratulate McDuffie when he was elected.
And since then, McDuffie says he has cherished his friendship with the longest serving Sheriff in the Peach State's history.
"He worked at it every single day. He went to bed at night and woke up in the morning being the Sheriff," Sheriff McDuffie said.
Sheriff Nobles was proud to be old school. He didn't use computers...just a typewriter. And he always personally signed his noted.
"He told me once that he looked at computers but he knew it wasn't for him. He was fine the way he was," Sheriff McDuffie said.
And it's obvious Long County was happy with their Sheriff too. He was elected in 1969 and kept in office until the day he died.
"It is going to leave a big void in the state of Georgia," Sheriff McDuffie said.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 8pm at First Baptist Church of Ludowici.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11am at First Baptist Church of Ludowici.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, Hospice of South Georgia, or Jones Creek Baptist Church.