A grave side Memorial Service to honor and celebrate the Life and Military Service of John O. Pickett, will be held @ 11 A.M. on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Cooper Cemetery, located on Hwy 190 West of DeRidder.
The service will be conducted by The American Legion. Dr. O.S. Holliday Post #27, in recognition of all Veterans, for their service to this Great Country.
John O. Pickett passed away in the early morning hours on August 13, 2010. He was born in Dallas, TX, on March 16, 1940, lived most of his life in Houston, TX, residing in DeRidder, LA the last several years. His Mother, Francis Sandifer Pickett, was from Dry Creek, LA; his father, Osborne I Pickett was from Beaumont, TX. Both preceded him in death.
John an Eagle Scout, Army paratrooper and Expert Marksman, was a Patriot and zealously worked as a Scout Leader for over 25 years. Part of his legacy will be the Scouting Outings, with his troops, across the US and trips into Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Bahama, and Virgin Islands. He will long be remembered for being instrumental in over 30 scouts attaining the level of "Eagle Scout" and those names recorded on a wall at the Scout Museum in Houston, TX.
John is survived by his cousins, Paul and Marilyn Rangel, their son Reuben and daughter Paula and Rodney and Judy Holliday and daughter Karlie Welborn. Also the many Scouts that consider "Pickett" to have been family.
Arrangements are being handled by Chaddick Funeral Home.
Published in Deridder Daily News on Nov. 10, 2010.