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Friday June 10th, 2022
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Arvell Pickens Sr.

Arvell James Willis Pickens Sr. was born on February 23, 1942 in New Port, Oklahoma to Dollie Jackson Pickens and Jim Pickens. Arvell grew up in the Milo Community and attended Central High School.  At a young age Arvell accepted Jesus and joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he faithfully served as deacon, sang in the choir and served as President of the Trustee Board until his health failed.


Arvell was a farmer and ran his own landscaping business, known as Arvell’s Landscaping. He was a hard-working workaholic. Arvell loved everyone and would help when called upon. In his spare time, he would fish, hunt with his brothers, vacation and spend time with family and friends. Arvell is proceeded in death by his parents; three sisters: Bonnie Colbert, Erriah Godwin and Irene Stevenson; one brother, Weldon Pickens.


 Arvell departed his earthly journey on June 2, 2022, in Ardmore’s Mercy Hospital. Those left to cherish his precious memories are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Samuel Pickens and Shirley, Mark Pickens and Mazella; one sister, Arzelia Shannon and Earl; special nieces and nephew, Sharon McGee and Lawrence and Tiffany Newberry all of Ardmore; Five children: two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Pickens and Joanie, Oklahoma City, Arvell Pickens Jr. and Daniela, Fort Worth; three daughters, Ezette Pickens-Shepherd, LaVelle Luster, both of Fort Worth, and Megan Pickens and Jimmy, Ardmore and Megan’s mother, Rosie, eight grandchildren, NaTasha Pickens, Michael Pickens Jr., Kylie Luster, Jacy Hamann, Genevieve Hamann, Davion Scott, Aiza Scott and M’Kale Scott; five Great  grandchildren, Angel Legan, Hope Jasmine Murry, Faith Jade Murry, Damian Pickens and Elijah Pickens; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends .

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Arvell was a super nice person. He was always very friendly and kind. He will be missed by his family and friends. God speed!

Judith Lucas Jun 9 2022 3:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arvell Pickens Sr.

Laura Whitaker Jun 8 2022 8:27 PM

Daddy, I will miss all the laughter and our conversations about everything, especially when we were talking about God and that fact that everyone needs God in their life and should go to church as the Bible says. When something was weighing heavy on my heart you would listen without interruption. When I was finished you would tell me not to worry about it because it would work itself out; and sure enough by the grace of God it did.

Thank you for teaching LaVelle and I how to use an electric chain saw to cut up firewood and how to shoot a gun and wear out a target.

Daddy, you left here before we had a chance to go on that vacation you were talking about. I know because of your condition God felt it was time for you to come home and I will be eternally grateful for the time God allowed you to be with us. No more pain, suffering or heartaches, just peace, praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy, God is so Awesome, Tell Jesus, God and all my grandparents and other relatives I said hello and don't forget to check in on us every now and then.

Daddy's girl - Ezette

Ezette Pickens-Shepherd Jun 8 2022 2:53 AM

Arvell was a good man he always would speak to me when ever I seen him and he was hard working man . Prayer for the family and he will be missed .

Donna Sue Payne Jun 6 2022 4:16 PM