Mary Jimmie Barlow Pickens went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2016. She was born in 10/23/1926 in Glenwood, Georgia. Mary attended GSCW (Ga College Milledgeville, Ga) and University of Georgia. She began her teaching career in Thomaston, Ga as a Home economics teacher at R. E. Lee High school. She and her husband William Murphy Pickens moved to Gwinnett County and she began her teaching career at Centerville Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, Lawrenceville Middle and retired after 30 years as an educator from Central Gwinnett High School.  Mary was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Rho Chapter; Gwinnett and Georgia Retired teachers Association. She was preceded in death by her husband William Murphy Pickens, twin sister Maxie Jo Barlow Lord, twin sisters Avis Hunt and Agnes Blithe and Louise Liddell. She is survived by daughters; Carol Jo Pickens McKettrick and Mary Louise Pickens Bryant; Son in Laws Wayne McKettrick and Terry Bryant; Granddaughters:  Crystal McKettrick Story and Danielle Shepard; Grandson:  Wesley McKettrick; Great Grandchildren: Grayson Story, Carson Story and Hadley Story; Nieces: Barbara Lord Willis, Linda Lord Braswell, Jane Hunt Puckett, Margaret Diacetis, Jean McKettrick, Mary Kay Lovett; Nephews: Doug Hunt, Bob Lord, Ricky Lord, Bill Blithe, and Edwin Hunt.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Larry Wynn officiating.  Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. and on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.  In lieu of flower, contribution in memory of Mary Pickens for Beta Rho scholarships can be sent to Kay Rossman, 3916 White Oak Lane, Lilburn, GA 30047.  Online condolence can be expressed at

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  1. Mary was such a sweet lady! I enjoyed getting to know her better through our Red Hat Club where she was a faithful member. I wish miss her bright smile and her charming manner. My condolences to,all the family.

  2. Mary was such a good friend. We were teachers together at Central Gwinnett which started our decades of friendship. I will miss her so much.

  3. Mrs. Pickens was the school librarian when I was at Central. She always had a smile and a kind word for students. I learned a lot from her as a student assistant. She is the reason I worked in academic and public libraries for over 11 years. She will be sorely missed. Hugs to her loving family.

  4. We are honored and blessed to have known Mary. She was truly a blessing in our lives and we will miss her very much. Our condolences.

  5. So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you all during this time of grief. May God give you comfort and peace.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Lou. You and your family will be in my prayers. I hope that you are surrounded by comfort and peace. Your Mom was so sweet and helpful to everyone. She was a great lady and educator.❤

  7. Mary, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. If there is anything I can do or just lend an ear I’m here. Love ya’ll take care and God bless!

  8. What a treasure Mary was. The best librarian anyone could have ever wished for at their school. A lifelong dedication to education. Our sympathy to her family at this time.

  9. Lou and Carol,
    Your mom was such a special lady. I have many sweet memories of her and her warm smile and eyes that twinkled! She was a blessing to so many! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this time! With love! Janet

  10. Dear Lou,
    Thank you for sharing your sweet mother with me at our Beta Rho meetings…she was truly a special person and will be remembered fondly. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Mary was such a kind and helpful lady. I worked with her in the media center and she taught me so much with such love and grace
    and kindness,. A truly southern lady. She touched many students’ lives. God bless the Pickens family.

  12. Mary was our neighbor and a very good one. She knew our phone number so well because it was one digit different from ours.

    We have known her more than 50 years. We will miss her.

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