Gene Pickens

Gene Pickens

Wednesday, August 15th, 1934 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Gene Pickens, 85, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Joseph Wade Pickens and Evelyn Sanders Pickens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Jimmy Pickens; daughter, Pat Browning; brother, Charles Pickens and infant brother, Joseph. Gene was a US Army veteran and was an active member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church serving as deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ada Henry Pickens; daughter, Teresa Pickens of Greenville, SC; sisters, Judy Shuler and Ruth Holden both of Franklin; grandchildren, Kristy McGuire, Erica Browning, Robert Browning and Ricky Pickens; great grandchildren, Chelsea, Christopher and Annalee and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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    Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery
    206 Ridgecrest Baptist Church Road
    Franklin, NC 28734
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Mindie Mathis

Posted at 11:05am
I am so sorry to hear about Genes passing.....I worked with Gene many years at the plant..The family is in my prayers.Love Barbara Passmore and familui

Henry and Linda Wall

Posted at 04:29pm
Ada, Terri and Family, Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers in your loss. During the 15+ years Ada and I worked together, we always felt as if your family was our family. He was a kind and honest friend to all!! Accept a virtual hug from all of our family. Henry and Linda Wall

J D Hastings

Posted at 11:48am
May the "Peace that Passeth Understanding" keep my Ole Buddy's family during this difficult time.

Lee and Carole Duncan

Posted at 11:25am
I loved Gene like a brother. He was one of the most Godly men I have ever known. The Lord blessed our lives by allowing us to worship with him and Ms Ada and to visit in their home. We are saddened by his passing, but rejoicing that he is home! Terry, I know your loss is great, but, like us, you will see your precious Daddy again.
We will continue to pray for Ms. Ada and your family. Lee and Carole Duncan

Linda Ammons

Posted at 06:17am
Gene was such a great man! I had the privilege of working with him for many years, when I needed my machine fixed I always went to Gene, he was the BEST fixer, in the last few years I've loved going to church with him and Mrs. Ada. Love them both! He will be missed! May God bless all the family!

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