OBITUARY

Nicholas James Pickett

August 30, 1951October 23, 2020
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Nicholas J. Pickett, age 69 of Vinton, Louisiana died on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas with his brother Tony at his side. Nick was born August 30, 1951 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to the late Warren G. “Red” Pickett and Mary Marsh Pickett.

Nick grew up with his 4 older siblings and 4 younger siblings on the family farm in the Gum Cove community. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Vinton High School graduating in the class of 1969. He had a love of farming and ranching and came back to that after stints in the Air Force where he served a total of 16 years, travelling around the globe. After his military service, he joined with his 2 brothers, Tom and Kevin, in raising cattle on the family farm and continued until his death. In addition to his ranching activities, he was a professional truck driver. For the last 12 years, he worked for Targa Resources. Although he was diagnosed with bladder cancer a couple of years ago, he continued driving for Targa, hauling liquefied petroleum gas, primarily in the Sulphur/Lake Charles area. He prided himself in being a safe and courteous driver and following the rules of the road and of his company. His gentle spirit will be missed by all his family and co-workers.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Tom Pickett of Vinton, Kevin (Sue) Pickett of Vinton, Tony (Jan) Pickett of Cypress, Texas and his sister, Brigid (John) Wiggins of Burbank, CA. Also, numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters: Mary LeJeune, Clare (Brian) English, Barbara (Michael) Gary; one brother, Michael (Judy) Pickett and sister-in-law, Karen (Tom) Pickett.

Visitation will be held beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in Hixson Funeral Home, Vinton. A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vinton. Rev. Carlos Garcia will officiate. Interment will be in Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Nick’s memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com for the Pickett family.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom Pickett, Brother
  • Kevin (Sue) Pickett, Brother
  • Tony (Jan) Pickett, Brother
  • Brigid (John) Wiggins, Sister
  • Warren G. “Red” Pickett and Mary Marsh Pickett, Parents (deceased)
  • Mary LeJeune, Sister (deceased)
  • Clare (Brian) English, Sister (deceased)
  • Barbara (Michael) Gary, Sister (deceased)
  • Michael (Judy) Pickett, Brother (deceased)
  • Karen (Tom) Pickett, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Also, numerous nieces and nephews.

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Rosary

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, November 13, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Monica LeBlanc

November 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Nicholas' death. Please know y'all are in my prayers. Monica Mooney LeBlanc.

Tony PICKETT

November 11, 2020

Our whole family is grieving for the loss of Nick. Although we knew his odds of beating his bladder cancer were pretty slim, we just didn’t expect his death so soon. His oncologist originally said that he may have up to 5 years; she said that new treatments come along all the time and he may have longer than that. Well, it ended up that he had only a couple of years from 1st diagnosis.
We are well aware of the insidious nature of cancer as we have now lost 5 of our siblings to various kinds of cancer: Michael to stomach cancer, Clare to throat cancer, Mary to breast cancer, Barbara to brain cancer and now Nick to bladder cancer. It makes us realize that we have to live our life to the fullest with joy and hope.
Nick was a very quiet and private person. One reason for that is that he was the 5th child and besides, our family members were not very loud and boisterous. This probably had a lot to do with our mother being English and very reserved. I don’t recall any shouting matches in the house among the kids or our parents. Or, maybe I just don’t remember.
Nick enjoyed supporting the economy of Louisiana frequently on his days off from driving his truck. The main way he did this was by visiting casinos in Southwest Louisiana. One year he won a vehicle at Delta Downs. But even while gambling was a hobby, he did not let it consume his life. He devoted a lot of time to working the farm and cattle along with his partners, brothers Kevin and Tom.
Nick was a generous and caring person, anonymously supporting various Catholic and philanthropic organizations.
We will miss you Nick.

Love, Your Brother Tony

Bryce Champagne

November 11, 2020

Well I worked along side of Nick for 3 years here at Targa after he helped train me. Im thankful to the Lord that he was so patient and kind. His trailer was very hard to hook up to and after watching me struggle to hook up at P66 for a minute or so he would just grab that line with one hand and spin the fitting on effortlessly with the other. He had impressive strength. Ill miss him and all the late night talks we had and the training i seemed to still be in after 3 years he was always patient, kind and funny as well. Thank you Mr Nick!

Patrick Hoefer

November 4, 2020

I worked with Nick at Targa. I retired 6 years ago but when I heard Nick was having health problems I would visit with him every couple of weeks. What it said in his obituary was very true that He was a Gentle Spirit. We did have good visits and Nick was always up beat. Rest In Peace My Friend, Pat

Lisa Madera

November 3, 2020

I remember loving to ride horses and visit the fields with all my uncles especially Uncle Nick. I remember that he was quiet but always ready to crack a joke or laugh with everyone. I know he loved his family more than anything and always attended any family event. You are loved and missed by my family, but the love between the Pickett family will absolutely live on.

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