Retired Piggott Police Chief Kenneth Parker Dead at 74
Retired Piggott Police Chief Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Parker died Sunday, November 5, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. A native of Indiana, he moved to the Piggott area as a boy and was educated in the Piggott School District.
He later served eight years as a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard.
Parker was one of the first EMTs in Piggott in the late 1970s, working as an ambulance driver for the local service. He also graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy at Camden.
He joined the Piggott Police Department in 1976, and was appointed as the chief at the beginning of 1983, serving until he chose to retire in 1998.
An outdoorsman and hunter, he was also active with the Piggott PD pistol team. As a firearms enthusiast he taught and preached gun safety to all, including his children and grandchildren.
As a law officer he was held in high regard by his peers and others, often prompting those he was forced to arrest to comment that he treated them fairly and with respect.
During his retirement years he was also active in church, serving as a deacon at South Thornton Street Church of Christ until his health declined.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott. The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.