Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Parker
Kenneth Ray Parker, 74, of Piggott, Ark., passed from this earth on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. He was born May 10, 1943, in Washington, Ind.,, to Virgil “Dutch” Parker and Margreat Christian Parker. His parents preceded him in death.
On July 29, 1962, he was united in marriage to Judy McCluskey in the Blooming Grove area. To this blessed union four children were born.
He served eight years in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He was educated in the Piggott School district and graduated the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy. He joined the Piggott Police Department in 1976 and served as the Chief of Police from 1983 until his retirement in 1998. Late in his life he served as a deacon at South Thornton Church of Christ in Piggott until his health would not allow him to do so.
He truly enjoyed crappie fishing and small game hunting. A firearms enthusiast, he taught and preached gun safety to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by two sons, Allen Parker and wife Doris and Shawn Parker and wife Lori; and one daughter, Christine Ward and husband David all of Piggott.
He was preceded in death by his wife Judy McCluskey Parker; daughter Jennifer Parker Whitten; granddaughter Chelsea Ward; sisters Shirley Rose, Lonna Parker and Lisa McKay; and dear friend Sue Benson.
Other survivors include his grandchildren, Lisa Waggoner and husband Chad, Jake Morrison and wife Ashley, Daniel Parker and wife Leslie, Hunter Strickland, Jillian Parker, Katy Yancy and husband Chris, and Michael Parker; great-grandchildren include Kimi, Chayla, Chase, Knox, Fletcher and Parker Quinn.
He also leaves behind brother, Gary Trout Sr. and wife Carolyn; sisters Cindy Parker Graves and Teressa Johnson and husband Gary; brother-in-law and sister-in-law James S. McCluskey and JoAnn McCluskey; brother-in-law, Thom McKay; life-long precious friends Donald Benson and Eddie and Denise Lovins; honorary children Kim and Charles Adams and Mark and Dana Tanner; and a son-in-law, Joel Whitten.
Additionally he will also be mourned by several nieces, nephews, friends and former co-workers. He was a public servant that touched many lives. His memory and influence will always be treasured.
Even people he was forced to arrest often testified that they were treat fairly and with respect.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, in Piggott, with Bro. Tim McCluskey officiating. Burial is in Piggott Cemetery in Piggott. Pallbearers are Gary Trout Jr., Travis Williams, Daniel Parker, Michael Parker, Jake Morrison, Hunter Strickland, Neil Morgan, Chris Yancy and Charles Adams. Honorary Pallbearers are Donald Benson, Fred Ort, Parker Quinn Ward, Chayla Waggoner, Chase Waggoner, Kimi Hanan, Knox Pike, Fletcher Yancy and the men of South Thornton Church of Christ. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.