Bill Deskins, former Pike judge-executive, sheriff, dies

Former Pike County Judge-Executive William “Bill” Deskins died at his residence in Pikeville Wednesday evening. He was 90.

Deskins was born on Johns Creek in Pike County on Feb. 26, 1930. He was a successful businessman, operating several businesses during his life, and a staple of politics in Pike County.

Deskins most recently served Pike County as the county’s judge-executive, serving in the office from 2015 to 2019. He previously served one term in the office from 2003 to 2006.

Deskins also served several terms as Pike County Sheriff, and prided himself on being the first county sheriff in Kentucky to wear a uniform.

Deskins’ former deputy judge-executive, current Pike Jailer Brian Morris, expressed his condolences on the loss of Deskins in a Facebook post late Wednesday evening.

“Bill was a community leader and successful businessman,” Morris wrote. “But he was much more. He was a mentor, a friend, and a voice for the people of Pike County. He was like family. He will be missed and the next few days and weeks will be difficult ones as we move forward without him.”

State Rep. Chris Harris, who served on the Pike County Fiscal Court before being elected state representative, wrote in a Facebook post that bill was a “great friend” who was generous and giving of his time and energy.

“If Bill was your friend, he was a loyal friend you could count on,” Harris wrote. “Bill was a hard worker and was still operating heavy equipment in his late 80’s. His work ethic served him well in business and in politics.”

Among Bill Deskins’ survivors are his wife, Rose Deskins, and his children and grandchildren.

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