December 13, 1876 - 1947
|Rev. Robert T. Pickett was born in Choctaw County, Alabama, on Dec. 13, 1876. He was reared in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, and joined the Methodist Church in his youth. In 1907 he was admitted into the Mississippi Conference, and labored within its bounds for fifteen years. In 1922 he transferred to the Louisiana, and for 25 years served the Church in many sections of our state.
Brother Pickett was devoted to his family, his friends, and his Church. He built churches and parsonages in both Mississippi and Louisiana. Under his ministry several young men entered the Minis-try, including two of his own sons, John C. and Ross A., the latter completing his father’s ministry at Sicily Island this Conference year.
Brother Pickett was married in June, 1904 to Miss Lillian Price of Quitman, Miss. Seven children, four boys and three girls were blessed of this union. All the children and Mrs. Pickett survive.
Brother Pickett was a splendid man, had many friends, served well every charge assigned to him, reared his children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, appreciated education, and saw to it that all of his seven children received college training. He was an ardent Methodist and believed in his Church as a God-given agency for the salvation of the world. As a pastor he was devoted to his people, diligent in his duties, sympathetic and kind in his ministrations. He was a man of high ideals, indulged in no unfair criticism of his brethren, and consistently abstained from every kind of evil. His life was an open book. He was a Christian Minister of the Gospel in whom there was “indeed no deceit.”
After 40 years spent in the ministry for his Lord and Savior, truthfully can this Conference say:
“Servant of God, Well done,
Rest from thy loved .employ,
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master’s joy.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 109-110, 1947 by Van Carter.|