Billy Giles Pickeral
1931 - 2021
Billy Giles Pickeral

Billy Giles Pickeral, 89, of Rocky Mount, Virginia, died on Monday, March 29, 2021. He was born on July 31, 1931, the son of the late Raymond and Ellen Pickeral.

Surviving are his son and daughter in-law, Gary and Pam Pickeral; his daughter, Lisa Pickeral Chitwood; his granddaughters, Kristen, Lauren (Matt), Kara (Yates), and Alexandra; his grandson, William (Lindsey); his great-grandchildren, Judson, Wells, and Catherine; his sisters, Patricia Powell (Harry), and Gladys Henson (Jim); and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Zemula Moorefield Pickeral. Also, his two brothers, Cecil and James.

Bill served in the navy during the Korean War and was proud to be a United States Veteran. He may best be remembered by many as the Chief of Police of Rocky Mount. He worked with the Rocky Mount Police Department for over 30 years and he loved the town and citizens of Rocky Mount.

Bill was an active member of Franklin Heights Church and he and Zem were charter members. Bill's example of faith has always encouraged others and it was his utmost honor to follow God and worship Him. He simply tried to live like Christ each day.

His interests included spending time with family, hunting, fishing, bird watching, playing Rook, game shows, yard sales, and enjoying the river in his backyard.

His life, his integrity, his companionship, and his legacy were simply stellar.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021, at Franklin Heights Church with Pastor Stan Parris officiating with Covid guidelines in place. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to "Helping Hands of Franklin County." (540) 483-2387. Donors may mail contributions to Helping Hands of Franklin County, P.O. Box 429, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. There will be no visitation or receiving line do to Covid.

Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

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Published by The Franklin News-Post on Apr. 2, 2021.
Funeral service
Franklin Heights Church
Franklin Memorial Park
Funeral services provided by:
Flora Funeral Service - Rocky Mount
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Our most sincere condolences. Bill had a great spirit and will be missed by anyone who knew him. I am sure his homecoming in heaven was amazing.
Joe & Yvonne McClure
April 3, 2021
So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He will always be remembered as such a great person in our lives.
Alan Fulcher
April 3, 2021
Sorry for everyone´s loss he was a good man and friend to many
Sam Palmer
April 2, 2021
I always enjoyed talking to Bill. I live in Redwood next to Sylas Plybons property and let Bill park at my house so he wouldn´t have to walk far to hunt. He would always call me and ask where the turkeys are. He let me fish at his house. Real nice guy. Sorry for your lose.
John Morgan
April 2, 2021
Bill was a great person. When he came into my store we always had great conversations.
Gwen Routon
April 1, 2021