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Services for Billy Gene Pickens, 87, of Stonewall are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Jody Newberry will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery near Stonewall.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Pickens passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, at his home. He was born April 1, 1930, in the Burr Valley community in Coal County to Hiram and Mary Brownsfield Flood Pickens. He attended Jesse schools.
He married Naomi Faye Greenwood in 1955 at Ada. She preceded him in death Aug. 9, 1969.
Mr. Pickens was a truck driver for Taylor Produce, retiring after 35 years of service. He later was an independent driver for many years.
Survivors include four daughters, Patty Pickens, of the home, Nancy Lewis of Oklahoma City, Billie Joe Simpson of Oklahoma City and Sandra Johns and husband, Robin, of Pontotoc; a granddaughter whom he helped raise, Gloria Gutierrez; two stepdaughters, Rolanda Hamilton of Stonewall and Judy Cloud of Konawa; a stepson, Michael Wayne Story of Holdenville; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a nephew, Robert Pickens of Tupelo; and a niece, Susan Virgin of Broken Bow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sons, Billy Michael Pickens, Bobby Don Pickens and Billy Gene Pickens Jr.; and a brother, Bob Pickens.
Bearers will be Bo Burk, William Griffiths, Tim Deatherage, Jeremy Deatherage, Zac Lewis and Dalton Pickens. Honorary bearers will be Hoot Gibson, Lloyd Burk and Red Doffin.
Published on  July 11, 2017
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