OBITUARY

Joe L. Pickens

September 25, 1942March 27, 2019
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Joe Larry Pickens, age 76 of Jackson, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Pickens was born on September 25, 1942 in Jackson, TN, the son of the late Herman Lee and Nellie Crawford Pickens.

He received his undergraduate degree from Union University and attended Florida State University where he received his Master’s degree. Mr. Pickens was retired as the executive director of JACOA. He was lovingly known by his family Pe – Paw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Scarlett Pickens Johnston; his sisters; Doris Ruth Pickens and Shirley Livingston; and his brother, Herman Leon Pickens.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Faye Stewart Pickens; two sons, Jody Pickens (Linsey) and Phillip Pickens (Shellie); step children, Ragon Hobbs (Cory), and Clint Cox; his son-in-law, Greg Johnston; grandchildren, Claire and Rachel Johnston, Madison Webb, Emmie Pickens, Stone Pickens, Sarah Tucker Pickens, Elizabeth Pickens; Step Grandchildren, Max and Mallory Hobbs.

“Joe will be missed by many because of his wit and love of people.” He enjoyed his various coffee groups and considered Grant and Betsy Edwards and their staff at Chick-fil-A as family.

Mr. Pickens spent his life in the service of others by helping those who were at the end of their life, suffering mental anguish, and battling addiction. There are innumerable people whom he helped overcome troubles in their life.

He enjoyed many lifelong friends with perhaps the most special being Ed Reid with whom he created many special memories throughout their lives.

Joe and Paula married in 2007 and from that time they were inseparable. They enjoy traveling, working in the yard and just spending time together no matter what the circumstance.

“Pe- Paw” loved his grandchildren with all of his heart and loved to attend their games and recitals.

Active pallbearers to serve are; Reggie Henry, Cory Hobbs, Danny Laughlin, Tim Pickens, William Piercey, Adam Volner, Richard Henry and Marty Frye. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Reid and Grant Edwards.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with interment to follow in Poplar Corner Cemetery. Rev. John White will officiate the service.

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons and will resume on Saturday March 30, 2019 from 12:00 pm until the time of the service at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to JACOA or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Paula Faye Stewart Pickens; two sons, Jody Pickens (Linsey) and Phillip Pickens (Shellie); step children, Ragon Hobbs (Cory), and Clint Cox; his son-in-law, Greg Johnston; grandchildren, Claire and Rachel Johnston, Madison Webb, Emmie Pickens, Stone Pickens, Sarah Tucker Pickens, Elizabeth Pickens; Step Grandchildren, Max and Mallory Hobbs.

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 30, 2019
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Joe L. Pickens

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Paul deschenes

April 5, 2019

I worked with Joe for many years at the Jackson Mental Health Center, now Pathways. I always enjoyed his great wit and Joe was always dedicated to the people he was working with. A fun memory was the staff at the mental health center entering a barbecue contest as the “Emotional Rescue Crew”. He will be missed greatly.

neal barber

April 2, 2019

I enjoyed our time that we worked together at wmhi. Paula jody Phillip. you are in my thoughts and prayers

Russell Gallimore

March 29, 2019

Family: I came to know Joe during the past two or three years while playing table tennis. I enjoyed his friendship and humor. He will be missed. Rev. Russell N. Gallimore

Barbara Warren

March 29, 2019

When I hear the name "Joe Pickens", I am flooded with wonderful memories of my first five years of school-Center Grove in north Madison County where his mom, Ms. Nellie taught for many years. Joe of course, came along with her. A two room school but we forty or so children in eight grades were usually taught in one room. I can picture in my mind the creativity of the broom sage village that was built one year and the activities that flowed through that village. Joe was in the midst of this. I rarely ran into him in later years but shall cherish those fond memories of my early ones.

Betsy Bailey Barnes

March 29, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with all of Joe's family. I met Joe when Scarlett and I were kids, then later renewed the friendship when Scarlett and I worked at Swiss Colony. Joe would come see us on the weekends. He always had a kind word and a hug for me, and I'm thankful I could call him my friend.

Pat Womble

March 28, 2019

Jody, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in yours and others many great memories of your father. I did not know your father or your family, but I know that he raised a fine son in you. My prayers will be with you and your family.

Sonny Witherspoon

March 28, 2019

I have many fond memories of your dad when he was our Royal Ambassador (RA) leader at Oakfield Baptist Church in the late 50's. It was always a pleasure to see and talk with him. Praying for your family and GOD Bless!

Paul Reed Jr.

March 28, 2019

Joanne and I first met Joe when our son married Debbie's daughter. We then rented a house from Joe after moving to Jackson and then bought a house not to far from Joe. Joe and I worked together at JACOA for some time. Joe and I kept in touch through the years and he finally convinced me to try my hand at table tennis with a group in Jackson. Joe was always upbeat, friendly and a great guy to be around. We had morning coffee at Lathams for several years and many of my Jackson friends are due to Joe's introductions. We will miss him greatly and are thankful for Joe and Paula's friendship. Paula, you, your family and Joe's family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Richard Henry

March 28, 2019

Back in the late 60s, I got to know Joe when he and Becky were married. We created a bond that latest until March 27, 2019. We had a great group of guys that got together on weekends and rode motor cross ( if you want to call it that) that included Joe, Ed, Ricky , Dudley, Bill, myself and a few more that I can't remember now. We had great times. A lot of poker nights and basketball when we were younger. Although he was my Uncle, he was more, a friend. We always had a laugh talking about the things we used to get into . I last saw Joe at Jody's swearing in as District Attorney General. Although we laughingly argued about politics, he finally came around. Jody and Phillip, be proud of your Dad. He was a great guy and a great friend that I will always have memories of good times. Love Yall!

Larry Butler

March 28, 2019

I have know Joe for most of my life. He was a few years ahead of me but always ready to spend a moment on the sidewalk to visit and revolve a bit around the Jackson Tennessee past...
Peace Joe.

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