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Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Cremation and Memory Gardens

3594 Stone Mountain Highway, Snellville, GA

OBITUARY

JAMES T. PICKENS

January 1, 1936January 17, 2020
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James Theodore Pickens, loving husband and father of three children, passed peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the age of 84.

James was born on January 1, 1936 in Redan, GA to Theodore Roosevelt and Estelle Rice Pickens. On June 1, 1957, he married the love of his life, Shirley Jean Pickens. He was a loving father to Toni Butler, James Scott and Kim Pickens, and J Kelly and Matt Winking. James was a proud grandfather, fondly called “Paw Paw", to Josh Butler, Krista Pickens, Justin Winking, and Timothy James (T.J.) Winking. In 1997, James retired as a service technician from AT&T after 41 years of dedicated service. James had a passion for UGA football, gardening, hunting, fishing, and working outdoors. He was known for his kind and compassionate spirit and devotion to his family. He will be greatly missed and in our hearts always and forever.

James was preceded in death by his father, Theodore, his mother, Estelle, and his sisters, Sarah Jean King, Phyllis Herb, and Beverly Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, their three children, Toni, Scott, and Kelly, and their four grandchildren, Josh, Krista, Justin and T.J., and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors at Eternal Hills Funeral Home and Cremation in Snellville, GA on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 with funeral services immediately following at Eternal Hills Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Committal Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Memories

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Jean Martin

January 22, 2020

Shirley, So very sorry to hear that James had passed but I know he is enjoying his new godly home... Know that he is always watching over his family...The two of you were truly made for each other and lived a very rewarding and happy life and raised a BEAUTIFUL family.
He will live forever in your heart.. ♥️♥️
You and James have ALWAYS been VERY SPECIAL to me and I was always grateful to you both for driving to Tennessee and standing up with us when we got married. We had some good times together and loved our ROOK playing...
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and hopefully we can talk soon.
Love you so very much ♥️🙏

John Ballantine

January 22, 2020

Scott and the entire family, please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. The love and memories will be with you forever. My apologies for not attending the visitation and services as I was flying back to Atlanta that afternoon.

Thoughts and prayers, John Ballantine

TJ Winking

January 21, 2020

Always had some great memories with Paw Paw. Driving around the 4-wheeler in the backyard, and playing hide and seek when staying the night. Maybe even picking up one too many donut boxes at the store!! Good memories. Miss you lots, Paw Paw!!

Steve Ross

January 20, 2020

Scott I'm sorry for your families lost. I won't be able to make it down there tomorrow because of other comments but if I can help you with anything you know how to get ahold of me. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Steve Ross

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