Friday, January 13, 2012

TOP STORY >> Carlisle farmer dies in grain silo

Leader staff writer

A Carlisle man died Friday in a farming accident after falling into a grain silo nearly full of rice at Parker Farms on Miller Road near Hwy. 381 five miles east of Lonoke.

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 11 a.m. Deputies and the Lonoke Fire Department responded to the accident.

Rescue workers found Jacques Parker, 56, at 12:16 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the sheriff’s office Parker’s death was an accident. He was inside the silo attempting to clear a blockage when he fell into the rice.

Marty Perkins, a close friend of the victim, said Parker was a hard worker who never married.

He graduated from college and re-joined his father’s and brothers’ farming operation.

“They are business people,” Perkins said.

Perkins said Parker was a Lonoke County Co-Op board member.