HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WTVD) -- The town of Holly Springs is mourning the loss of a former mayor.
According to a release from the town, former Holly Springs Mayor Richard G. "Dick" Sears has passed away.
During his 20 years as mayor of Holly Springs (from 2001-2021), Sears is credited with transforming the town and driving a continued population growth.
Holly Springs developed a reputation for being one of the most desirable towns in North Carolina, under his leadership, according to the release.
Sears had been battling cancer for nearly two years.