Neal Yarborough Pickett was born on January 7, 1939 in Houston, Texas to Cornelius Augustus and Margaret Yarborough Pickett. He was a graduate of Lamar High School, and then went on to graduate from Lamar University before earning his law degree at the University of Houston. Neal served his country during the Vietnam War from 1964-1968 as a Captain in the United States Army, 5th Special Forces Group. Lovingly known as "Grandfather," he was very proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them all. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing with his buddies. For many years, Neal was a father-figure, mentor, and attorney to countless local youth. The door was always open, and breakfast on the table – right after the yard work was done! And for those who were lucky enough to go, there were annual trips to ski in the mountains of New Mexico! Neal proudly held the position of President of Memorial Ashford Little League and acted as both field and sideline coach for a myriad of baseball and football games over the years. For the last seven years, he had been a resident of Katy.
Neal passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Brookshire, Texas at the age of 78.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Donna Hill of Katy; children, Alan Thomas Pickett of New Braunfels, Margaret Elizabeth 'Pegi' Pickett of Austin, Jason Neal Pickett and his wife JoAnna of Ft. Worth, Ryan David Pickett and his wife Sharon of Seabrook, and Kyle Edward Pickett and his wife Suzanne of Houston; grandchildren, Norris Edmundson, Jr, Christina Nicole Pickett, Jack Yarborough Pickett, Madeline Elizabeth Pickett, and Kyle Edward Pickett, Jr.; sisters, Margaret Ann Smith of Austin, and Patricia Willbern of Houston; as well as numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; Bonnie Hainsworth Pickett, mother to Ryan and Kyle, in 2005; and Judith Anne Sherman Pickett, mother to Alan, Pegi, and Jason in 2015.
The visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Schmidt Funeral Home – East Avenue Chapel, followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net