Deacon Sherman "Buddy" Pickard

September 10, 2021

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Ruffin, NC – It is with profound sorrow we announce the death of Deacon Sherman “Buddy” Pickard of 3958 Quick Road, Ruffin, NC, who passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at his residence.

Sherman was the son of the late Edward Pickard and Mary Brown Pickard Cobb born September 5, 1950 in Rockingham County, NC. 

He attended Caswell County High School where he graduated with the class of 1969. He also received a diploma in Funeral Service Education from Stratford Career Institute in Washington, DC.  Also, he was a member of Dan River Masonic Lodge #490.

He was employed with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company prior to his retirement.  Also, he was an employee of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home as a Funeral Attendant.

Sherman was a member of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pelham, NC. During his time at Red Hill he served as an Usher, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, member of the Gospel and Senior Choir, Church Custodian and former Chairman of the Deacon Board.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Thomas Cobb; one brother, Reuben Pickard; two stepsisters, Arnette Williamson and Nettie McCain.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Patricia Blackwell Pickard; two sons, Ryan McKeever Pickard of District Heights, MD and Patrick Corey Pickard of Lynchburg, VA; three brothers, Edward Pickard (Charlotte) of Ruffin, NC, Jimmie Pickard (Ida) of Greensboro, NC and Larry Pickard (Betty) of Ruffin, NC; two stepsisters, Annie Morrow of Greensboro, NC and Mary Bolden of Reidsville, NC;  three sisters-in-law, Jackie Pickard of Ruffin, NC, Bernice Brown of Greensboro, NC and Dorothy Willis of Danville, VA; three brothers-in-law, James Haywood Blackwell, Jr. (Luella) of Norfolk, VA, Ernest Blackwell of Greensboro, NC and Christopher Blackwell of Cascade, VA; nieces; nephews; a host of other relatives and friends. 

Due to the constraints of public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak a viewing will be Friday, September 17, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home.   (Facial Masks are required)

Family visitation and viewing for Deacon Sherman “ Buddy” Pickard will be 10:00 am to 11:45  Saturday, September 18, 2021 in the sanctuary of Red Hill Baptist Church with family arriving at 11:00 am.

Graveside Services  will follow for Mr. Sherman “Buddy” Pickard Saturday, September 18, 2021, 12:00 noon in the Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.   Pastor Gregory Hopkins will deliver the words comfort.  Interment will follow in Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pelham, NC.      

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September 17, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home
219 Dillard School Dr.
Yanceyville, NC 27379

September 18, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Red Hill Baptist Church
6038 Park Springs Rd.
Pelham, NC 27311

Graveside Service
September 18, 2021

12:00 PM
Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
6038 Park Springs Rd.
Pelham, NC 27311

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