Neal Pickett
1939 - 2017
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Neal Pickett
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.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jun. 1, 2017.
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June 5, 2017
What a Gem. Neal was!! I met him on a dove hunt and enjoyed every minute we spent around him.
His dismeanor never left me me to query him about his service.WOW did I screw up!
But that's how Heros are!

Prayers to the family, remember those great times!
James Wurman
June 2, 2017
Neal was a special friend from long ago. He remained a friend throughout our years I am in Mexico when I learned of his death Otherwise I would have been there

Dick Gregg.
Lanier and Lamar and beyond
Dick Gregg
June 2, 2017
I am very sorry to hear this. Neal and I were great friends thru junior high and high school. We were in scouting together for many camp outs and he and I had some great days at his family place down on the St Bernard River. Neil was a decorated hero in Vietnam and personally disarmed a man with a gun in a Houston Bank.
Homer Luther
Jackson, Wyoming
June 1, 2017
Very sorry to hear this news. Enjoyed all the good times in Port O'Connor and at functions with Leroy.
He will be missed in this circle.
Chuck Fultz & sons
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