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story.lead_photo.caption Benton Harmony Grove head coach Jimmy "Red" Parker in 2013.

Jimmy "Red" Parker, a football coach at the high school and college levels for more than 60 years in Arkansas, died Monday morning, the superintendent of the Harmony Grove School District said.

Parker, 84, died from complications from heart disease, family members said.

In October, Parker resigned his job as head coach of Benton Harmony Grove after six seasons with the high school. His career as a college head coach included stints at Clemson and The Citadel.

Superintendent Daniel Henley said Parker had been sick and that his death "was not unexpected."

"He was a great person and we're all going to miss him," Henley said.

Visitation is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton. Parker's funeral will be 1 p.m. at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock.

See Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Gallery: Arkansas football legend Jimmy "Red" Parker dies

Reporter Jeremy Muck contributed to this story.

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  • niceguy
    January 4, 2016 at 9:47 a.m.

    Great man! I always enjoyed being around him. No one loved coaching young people more than him. College, high school, pee wee, it did not matter. He lived to coach.

  • dvc72120
    January 4, 2016 at 9:33 p.m.

    Godspeed Coach!

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