Piggott Mourns Loss of Former City Leaders
Two former Piggott city officials passed away last week, including retired city clerk Judy Parker and former alderman Junior Harris.
Retired Piggott City Clerk Judy Parker lost her long battle with cancer on Tuesday, August 11, she was 70. A native of the Leonard community, she served two terms as city clerk, retiring after eight years of service. Parker had also spent a number of years working for local financial institutions.
Following her retirement, and diagnosis with cancer, she became active in fundraising for the American Cancer Society, and served as both chair and honored survivor of the Clay County Relay For Life. She was also active in her church at the South Thornton Church of Christ, and as a volunteer for community activities throughout her life.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 14, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott. The family suggests memorial contributions to either the Children's Home of Paragould or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Former Piggott Alderman Junior Harris died Friday, August 14 as the result of a lengthy illness, he was 86 years old. He had served several terms as an alderman on the Piggott City Council, but had retired from public service a number of years ago.
Harris was a car salesman in the Piggott area for a number of decades, working for Irby Ford and later starting his own car lot in the city. Later in life he joined his wife, Barbara, in assisting in the operations of a restaurant in Piggott which is now owned and operated by his daughter, Donna.
He was also an active member of the Clay County Civil Defense for many years.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 16, at Hoggard and Son's Funeral Home of Piggott.