Sara JoAnn Pickens (Clarke), a wonderful woman loved by all passed away on February 10, 2016. JoAnn was born on May 4, 1936 to Gertrude and Luther Clarke. She married the love of her life, Garland Eugene Pickens, on December 24, 1953. JoAnn spent most of her adult life as a devoted mother, homemaker and helper of others. Her passion in life was to use her outstanding God-given talents to benefit other people, especially children. She spent most of her time engaging in loving activities with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all other children in her life, she was known simply as “Nana” to them. JoAnn is survived by her husband, Gene, her daughters, Sherrie and Rebecca, her grandchildren, Ryan, Kristen and Brett and her great grandchildren Noah, Claire and Porter. JoAnn lived a wonderful Christian life. Her caring and giving personality touched the lives of many. From the beginning of her illness until she passed, she was surrounded by family and friends, who kept her happy and loved. The family will welcome friends at 11:00am at Bethel Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA on Sunday, February 14 with a service to celebrate JoAnn’s extraordinary life immediately following at 12:00. In lieu of flowers, The JoAnn Pickens Memorial Fund has been established for those wishing to contribute, --

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  1. Joann we so enjoyed hearing you Martha and JL Clark sing . At Saint John Baptist Church. You will now and forever be singing with the angels in heaven. May God be with your family and friends.

    Love Always, Cat Greer, Rebecca & Kids

  2. Joann was a sweet person. I really enjoyed hearing her sing with her Bro.,J.L. Clark, Sisters, Martha George and Daisy Cantrell. She will be greatly missed, but she is in a better plae, singing in Glory tonight.

  3. JoAnn was a one of a kind, amazing lady and I know she is being missed already. I loved her laugh and loved to hear her sing. I can see her, Gene, JL, Martha and all the siblings at Bethel singing. I can only imagine how bright her smile is up there today. And I know we will all hear and see them singing again one day. JoAnn lived her life for God and family and loved everyone with a heart of gold. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Billy & Jackie (Coble) Fountain So sorry for your loss . We have such wonderful memories of this family . Praying for your family during this very sad time .

  5. We are so sorry for your loss! We loved Gene and Joann, so many great memories! They loved us too! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! So sorry that we can’t be there today to share this celebration!! Blessing, Tony and Sherry Ghee King, Barbara Ghee

  6. I am so sorry for your loss! Joann was a Great Christian and a very Loving person. I always love hearing Joann and Gene and also Martha sing they all 3 had a Beautiful voice. Joann has gone to be with the lord and All of Her love ones. Joann is Happy and at peace. Love you

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