Gerald W. Pickens, 86, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at his residence in Jackson, TN after a long illness. He was born in Lockseburg, AR to the parents of Willie and Romadell Pickens. He graduated Memphis State University with a doctorate in Jurisprudence and had his own law firm. He was a Mason, a Shriner, a Deacon at Wards Grove Baptist Church, and was a Korean War Navy Veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Thresia Dunn Pickens of Jackson, TN; two sons, Prentis and Deborah Pickens of Bartlett, TN; Gary and Jennifer Pickens of Hermitage, TN; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie Pickens McFarland.
He loved music and was a talented musician playing the Tuba in the Shriner’s Band, enjoyed reading, and loved music in general.
SERVICES: The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. with a funeral service following at 2:00 P.M. at Wards Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Wards Grove Cemetery.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, 731-668-1111