|Reverend Henry England Pickett was born March 27, 1921 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Milton and Alice Pickett. He died May 18, 2003 at his residence in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Foreman Pickett; one son, Henry England (Hank) Pickett, Jr.and wife, Cynthia; one daughter, Melanie Pickett Johnson; eight grandsons; one granddaughter and his sister, Pope Adams. He loved his family and especially cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.
He served in the Army Air Corp in the China, Burma, India theatre during World War II. He received numerous ribbons and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Reverend Pickett was a successful businessman when he felt the call to full time ministry. He returned to Northwestern State University and completed his bachelor’s degree. While at Northwestern he served churches in the Hornbeck and Hall Summit areas.
He attended seminary at St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. During this time he was the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Springhill, Kansas.
He returned to Louisiana and completed his seminary requirements from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He served churches in Lake Charles, Montgomery, Baton Rouge and Bastrop. He was a chaplain at Baton Rouge General Hospital for the last sixteen years of his ministry. He felt that these were some of the best years of his ministry because this assignment enabled him to meet and minister to many different persons. He loved people and will be missed by his many friends throughout Louisiana.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2004|