Buren W. Pickurel

January 21, 1932October 27, 2020

Buren Walter Pickurel passed away at the age of 88 on October 27, 2020 at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke, Va.

He was born on January 21, 1932 in Henry County, Va. to the late Samuel Walter Pickurel and Lillie Emerson Pickurel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Sondra Elizabeth Pickurel and his sister, Mildred Pickurel Smith.

Mr. Pickurel served in the Korean Conflict as an Army Medic from 1952 to 1954. He also served in the National Guard for 19 years.

Mr. Pickurel attended Highland Baptist Church as a long time member. He served as a deacon and treasurer for many years as well as caretaker of the church property. He worked at Blue Ridge Hardware, Sater’s Furniture and McCollum-Ferrell Shoe Store until retirement.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Pickurel Bailey and her husband, Wink Bailey; a grandson, Jason Lane Edwards and wife Kelly; two great grandsons, Sean Jackson Edwards and Jacob Griffyn Edwards; two brothers, Lloyd Pickurel and Sammy Pickurel, and one sister, Shirley Pickurel Grey.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Mountain View Cemetery and will be officiated by Reverend Doug Ramsey and Pastor Randy Aldridge. A floating visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home.


  • Samuel Walter Pickurel, Father (deceased)
  • Lillie Emerson Pickurel, Mother (deceased)
  • Sondra Elizabeth Pickurel, Wife of 60 years (deceased)
  • Mildred Pickurel Smith, Sister (deceased)
  • Kathy Pickurel Bailey, Daughter
  • Wink Bailey, Son-in-law
  • Jason Lane Edwards, Grandson
  • Kelly Edwards, Jason's Wife
  • Sean Jackson Edwards, Great Grandson
  • Jacob Griffyn Edwards, Great Grandson
  • Lloyd Pickurel, Brother
  • Sammy Pickurel, Brother
  • Shirley Pickurel Grey, Sister

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  • Floating Visitation

    Friday, October 30, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 31, 2020

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Betty (Scott) Turner

November 9, 2020

Buren was one of the people at Blue Ridge Hardware and Supply Co. that everyone liked. Great guy. I have been retired many years, but remember the people who worked there. Condolences to the family.

Beth Robertson

October 28, 2020

He was so friendly, kind and was the best shoe salesman. My sincere sympathy to Kathy and family.

Sally Ann Young Turner

October 28, 2020

I was blessed to have grown up in the same neighborhood as where Buren and his family have lived. He was a true Southern gentlemen with Christian values. He was always there when you needed him and never minded to help with a smile on his face. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

A. Samra

October 28, 2020

What wonderful friends Buren and Sondra were to my entire family! They were there for my parents and my sister whenever they needed them and I loved them both. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We grew up in Highland Baptist Church; Buren was so much a part of that experience for me. There is a profound sadness in the passing of great men, like Buren, and my Father and my Mother, who were also a great part of the church. May he and they all rest peacefully in the loving arms of God. My deepest sympathy to you. Anna Samra

Patsy Hobson

October 28, 2020

I remember Mr Pickurel so well from McCollum-Ferrel . He was always the same , kind ,gentle soul and very patient with his customers.
A beautiful human being.

Patsy Hobson


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