“… But the greatest of these is love.” I Corin. 13:13. Our beloved James O. “Pick” Pickles, 82, left his earthly family to join his Heavenly Father and family on Sunday morning, December 2, 2007. He was born on December 4, 1924, in Madison, Florida, to James Avery “Uncle Bud” Pickles and Pearl Beatrice Bass and lived in Madison until moving to Lake Park in March 2000.
He is survived by the loves of his life, his wife of 57 years, Viola Sheffield Pickles; daughters, Judy Allsbrook (Keith); Linda Lester (Jim); and Brenda Pickles all of Lake Park; sister, Mable Ragans and brother, Claude Pickles; both of Madison, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews; step-granddaughter, Amy L. Drew (Remer) and special friends, David and Gail Heruska. He is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Merton Pickles, Lonnie Pickles, Barnie Pickles, Gladys Kosieniak, Idell Sumner and Amy Maynard.
His wife and daughters were the joy of his life and he was a devoted husband and father. He loved spending time with his family and friends and nothing made him happier than lending a hand to his friends and neighbors. He never turned down a good fishing trip likely to be followed by a big fish fry. He loved watching football and baseball. He was a man of utmost honesty and integrity and offered love and friendship to everyone he met. He never met a stranger and you would most likely be greeted with “Don’t I know you or haven’t I met you before?” He loved children and his youthful and playful spirit earned him the love and respect of many throughout the years.
He served in the U.S. Army with Basic Training at Camp Blanding, Florida. He joined the 25th Infantry, 89th field Artillery Batallion at Clark’s Field, Manila Phillipines and left White Beach on the USS Aranac for Japan where he served as Tech Sgt. In the Military Police he once served on special assignment to escort the Crown Prince Akihito current Emperor of Japan.
He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was always the first one to arrive at every church service. He was a member of New Life Church in Lake Park and Faith Baptist Church in Madison, Florida
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2007 in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Reverend Keith Allsbrook officiating. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at San Pedro Cemetery in Madison, Florida. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to New Life Church; 7505 Zeigler Rd, Lake Park, GA 31636 or to Hospice of South Georgia; 2263 Pineview Dr, Valdosta, GA 31602. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanefuneralservices.com.
Carson McLane Funeral Home
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