Arkansas

Pickett, Hollis

 

PIKETT Sr., Hollis

William

Hollis William Pickett Sr. of Tucker passed away peacefully on January 20, 2023 at the age of 94. He was born in Atlanta on February 17, 1928 to Jay Windsor and Mary Katherine Donnelly Pickett, the third of four sons. He spent his days at East Lake Elementary School, where he enjoyed riding the streetcar to the end of the line. During his time at Atlanta Boys High School, the family lived on Springdale Road in Druid Hills, but they later moved back to East Lake where he played golf and worked as a lifeguard at the East Lake Country Club. He married Harriet Faye Livingston in 1950 and served as a radiographer in the US Army during the Korean War. The couple returned to Atlanta and Hollis began a career in industrial sales that spanned over 40 years. He worked for the Pye-Barker Supply Company for many years and ended his career with Cameron and Barkley. The couple had three children: Jo Ann, Bill and Jay. Hollis took pride in his involvement in the lives of his children as they volunteered for the Boy Scouts and coached various sports teams. He was a gifted athlete and fan of Georgia Tech, the Braves, and the Falcons. Although Hollis was born and raised in a Methodist family, he became an Episcopalian and belonged to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in the Northlake area for over 50 years. He especially enjoyed coaching and playing on the church softball team for 17 years. He served in many sacristies and several times was the senior and junior overseer. In 2015, St. Bede awarded him the honorary title of “Honorary Overseer”. In 1987, Hollis married Patricia Plummer Wankel and together they purchased residential property for rent and worked as property managers. Tennis became his favorite sport late in life and he especially enjoyed volunteering at the tennis stadium during the 1996 Olympics. Hollis is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Jo Ann (Dan) Myers, Hollis William Jr. (Karen), and Jay Windsor, III (Daniel); his grandchildren, Andrew H. Parvin, Hollis W. Pickett, III (Alyssa), M. Allan Pickett, Laurel L. Pickett; and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Noel Pickett and Hadley Page Pickett. He is also survived by two adopted sons, Scott (Collin) Wankel from Falmouth, Massachusetts and Stephen Wankel from home. He had eight adopted grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren from his children’s marriages, as well as three Wankel granddaughters. His parents and two older brothers, Jay W. Pickett, Jr. and John David Pickett, predeceased him. Survivors include his brother Mike D. Pickett (Sherry) of St. Simons Island; five nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road, NE, Atlanta, 30345, at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2023. The Honorable S. Chadwick Vaughn will preside. Burial of Hollis’ ashes will take place in the St. Bede Memorial Garden, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church.

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