David Aycox told the crowd at First Baptist Church that his brother-in-law Deputy Alton Creech was a mentor and a big brother. Everyone else agreed.
“He had a way of reaching out to people,” Dr. Kevin Steele, of National Hills Baptist Church, said at Creech’s funeral service Tuesday.
The 32-year-old officer had been employed at the sheriff’s office since 2003, working on the road patrol, criminal investigation and lastly, the motors unit. He was also a petty officer third class in the Navy Reserve. When he wasn’t working, he was at his church, on a mission overseas spreading God’s word, or with his wife Amanda – “the love of his life.”
After work Thursday, Creech went to the gym to workout with his father and then planned on meeting his wife at Waffle House for dinner, but that never happened.
As he was approaching the Belair Road westbound exit on his off-duty Harley-Davidson about 5:15 p.m. he hit the rear of a car and had to be airlifted to the hospital. He died the following day.
“The reality is today is just hard,” Steele told Creech’s family, friends and the overwhelming crowd of police and Navy uniforms.
One of the things Creech was known for was his faith and his way of helping others strengthen theirs.
Just a few weeks ago, a fellow sheriff’s office employee sought him out after remembering how Creech witnesses to sailors during his basic training.
Even after a long day of working Richmond County roads, Creech stayed up for more than an hour talking to his colleague about how to answer his young daughter’s questions about God.
The man told Steele he would always be grateful for Creech, who helped his daughter invite Jesus into her heart.
On a mission to Thailand he entered one of the area’s “most notorious prisons” to minister to prisoners.
He was also remembered for recruiting people into law enforcement.
“People knew Alton genuinely cared about them,” Steele said.
At the time of his death, Creech was working on a project to purchase top of the line safety vests for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Motors Unit.
The motors unit and a trailer hauling Creech’s duty motorcycle led his family to his final resting place at Hillcrest Memorial Park.