Local Community Activist Jim Duty Dead at Age 80

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Jim Duty

Longtime local resident, and community activist, Jim Duty died suddenly on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Piggott Community Hospital. He was 80 years old.

Duty was a native of Piggott, and boasted a long and storied history of involvement in the area in both his work and his life as a volunteer. A veteran of the United States Army, he was very active in his church life and as a Boy Scout leader.

His activism began early in life, as Duty took on the role of song leader at the St. Francis Baptist Church in 1953 at the tender age of 15. Later, in 1974, he was ordained as a deacon in the church and he continued to serve in both roles throughout the remainder of his life.

Following graduation from Piggott High School in the spring of 1956, he joined the Army the following August. Upon his return he married Glenda Sue Brown, and the couple raised her two boys and a girl.

Like many of his generation, Duty spent a lengthy career at Brown Shoe Company as he worked for the firm from 1957 to 1979. He then began a new chapter in life, as he served as a postal worker at the Piggott Post Office from 1979 to 2000. After retiring from the post office, he began working at Pumpkin Hollow where he served as a valuable employee through the recently-completed 2018 season.

Duty was also very active in Boy Scouts, serving as the Piggott Cubmaster for many years. His work with Cub Scouts garnered him regional recognition, as he was named Cubmaster of the Year for the Osage District. He was also active as a youth group leader in his church, and as the church bus driver, and his volunteerism earned Duty the first-ever Piggott Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 1986. He was also proud to be known as a St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 26, at the St. Francis Baptist Church with John Hodges officiating. Burial was in Piggott Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Piggott.

The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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