Kenneth Hedrick

Kenneth Hedrick

Saturday August 7, 1948 - Thursday January 7, 2021
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Deceased Name: Kenneth Hedrick
Date of Birth: Wednesday, July 07, 1948
Date of Death: Thursday, January 07, 2021

Funeral services for Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick, 72, of Vidalia, LA will be held at Vidalia First Baptist Church on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 2PM with Bro. Jerry Sharp and Brent Gore officiating. Interment will follow at Cypress Grove Cemetery in Dunbarton, LA under the direction of Young's Funeral Home.

Kenneth was born on Wednesday, July 7, 1948 in Eva, LA and passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Natchez, MS. He was a member of Dunbarton Baptist Church. He spent his whole life protecting and serving the communities in which he lived. He began his law enforcement career with the Ferriday Police Department from 1969 to 1981, of which he served as chief from 1976 to 1981. Kenneth then went to work for the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from 1981 until 2008, retiring as Lieutenant. He retired in 2008 only to return later that year as Chief of Police for the Ferriday Police Department until 2012. He then ran for and was elected Sheriff for Concordia Parish where he spent the last eight years.

Not only did he protect the community, he protected his family. Kenneth cherished his sweetheart Linda. He had an easy smile and a big heart. He was a family man that loved his three boys and his grandchildren. It didn't matter what he done with his grandchildren, a ride to the store, just as long as he was in their presence. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on his old cars, attending car shows, and racing. Kenneth was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor, and so much more. His dearest life-long friends, he spoke of you often. Kenneth truly loved life and lived it to the fullest! He will forever be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, HT and Jerry Hedrick; brother, Steve Hedrick; uncle, Millard Hedrick, father-in-Law Jeff Cowan, and brother-in-law, Pete Cooper.

He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Linda Cowan Hedrick of Vidalia, LA; three sons, David Hedrick & his wife Whitney of Ferriday, LA, Ivan Hedrick & his wife Mandy of Vidalia, LA, and Jared Hedrick of Vidalia, LA; mother-in-law, Nina Ruth Cowan, seven grandchildren, Lauren Boudreaux & her husband Blake, Kaitlyn, Ella Grace, David Reece, Olivia, Sophie, and Sawyer Hedrick; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Boudreaux; and two sisters, Melanie Lewis & her husband Ronnie of Ridgecrest, LA and Betty Otwell & her husband Ben of Jonesville, LA, brother-in-laws, James Cowan & his wife Debbie and Harold Cowan & his wife Edna; and sister-in-law, Susan Cooper.

Pallbearers will be James Parish, John Cowan, Joey Merrill, Charlie Ferrington, Ryan Lance, Russ Kiser, John Blunschi, and Lane Dale.

Honorary pallbearers are Brent Gore, Lee Dale, James Paul, Ronnie Hendricks, Judge Leo Boothe, Sheriff Randy Maxwell, Fred Middleton, Billy Rucker, William Coleman, Morgan White, Glen McGlothin, Gene Wilson, Johnny Ferrington, Charles Ward, Quenten Mathews, Jim Boren, and the Louisiana Sheriff's Association.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Vidalia First Baptist Church from 6PM until 8PM. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit

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Rory, Tara, Mason, Emma, and Caroline Dale

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Sending love and prayers to the family of Kenneth Hedrick. He was such a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

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He was the Best man, sweet, generous and a man who served and cared for others without reserve. No words can express how much he will be missed.

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Linda and family, we are thinking about you and praying for you. Your JKS Family.
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Posted at 05:28pm
David, your Dad was a good man who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Jerry and Becky Daye

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