Everett J. Kidd Jr.
Everett J. Kidd, Jr., 85, former chief of police for the City of Danville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his residence.
Born July 7, 1925, in Junction City, Everett was the son of the late Anna Atkins and Everett J. Kidd Sr. He was preceded in death by his wives, Alice Kidd and Marie Lockhart Kidd. He was a member of Junction City First Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling, fishing, flying and gardening. He served his country in the United States Army and retired on Dec. 31, 1980, after 32 years on the Danville police force and 17 years as the chief of police. He began his career in law enforcement with the State Highway Patrol, which was the forerunner of the Kentucky State Police. He switched to the Danville Police Department after determining that the highway patrol was too “political.” He was instrumental in obtaining a larger police headquarters with a base communication system and additional mobile units. He set up the initial fingerprinting system and the photographing of suspects and upon his retirement said he never used his firearm during his career. When asked how he would spend his retirement, Chief Kidd said he looked forward to spending more time with his wife, Alice, and possibly getting back into drawing, painting and amateur photography.
Survivors include a stepson, John (Barbara) Lockhart of Danville; stepdaughters Sandy King of Junction City, Priscilla Burdette of Charleston, W.V., and Patricia Lockhart of Danville; 13 step-grandchildren; great-nephew Steven Prewitt; and great-nieces Tracey Prewitt and Monica Grizzell.
In addition to his parents and both spouses, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Kidd, and three sisters Nancy, Ruby and Hazel Kidd.
A graveside service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Bellevue Cemetery with Pastor Mike Cox officiating.
Pallbearers will be Charles Shannon, Ed Alsman, Mike Lamb, Larry Downs, and Steve Prewitt. Honorary pallbearers are members and retirees of the Danville Police Department.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home.
Special thanks to his caregivers Jackie Minks and Reeda Pleasants.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Boyle County Humane Society.
Memorial tribute wall available for Everett at www.preston-pruitt.com.