Mr. George Cecil Pickett, Jr., age 73, of Toccoa, Georgia passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at his home.
Born December 31, 1942 in Fernandina Beach, FL, he was a son of the late George Cecil Pickett, Sr. and Dorothy Sheffield Pickett. He was a member of the Toccoa and the Fernandina Beach First Baptist Church and he retired from Adel Grocery Company in Adel, GA in 2003. Cecil was a United States Air Force Veteran. Cecil Pickett began his career in Yulee, FL, where he bought a grocery store at age 19. He subsequently went to work for Hava-A-Tampa in Atlanta and became sales manager. It was there that he met his wife in 1971. Cecil and Pat lived in Jacksonville, FL where Cecil was the manager of the Hava-A-Tampa office. They relocated their growing family to Griffin, GA in 1977, where he bought New Cigar and Candy Company. Later in 1994, Cecil and Pat moved to Nashville, GA where he retired as President of Adel Grocery Company. After retirement in 2003, he began to enjoy life with his grandchildren and travels. Cecil was an active member through the years at First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach, FL, First Baptist Church Griffin, GA, First Baptist Church of Nashville, GA, Nashville United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church Toccoa, GA. He was an ordained deacon, a man of faith, a beloved spouse, father, and grandfather.
Family members include his wife, Patricia Jones Pickett of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Pickett and Michael Collier, and Betsy and Rod Moore all of Toccoa and Katie and Brandon Ingram of Atlanta; grandchildren, George Moore, Hazel Collier, Jackson Moore, Cecilia Moore, Charlie Ingram, Mary Patrick Ingram, and Elizabeth Ingram; brother, David Pickett; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Jean Pickett Beville and Bruce; sisters-in-law, Vickie Austin and Paula Horton; brother-in-law, Mike Horton; 12 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Tom and Hazel Jones; brother, Vernon Pickett; sister-in-law, Joy Pickett, brother-in-law, Frank Austin; and a nephew, Kerry Pickett.
Memorial services will be held in Toccoa, at two o’clock Monday, February 29, 2016 at the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. David Ritcey and Dr. Henry Fields officiating.
Local services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from the gravesite in Bosque Bello Cemetery with Reverend Jeff Overton officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Power House for Kids of Toccoa, GA or Barnabas of Fernandina Beach, FL, barnabasnassau.org.