Samuel L. Pickren Sr., 84, of Folkston passed away at his residence Friday, March 17, 2017, following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 1, 1932, to the late Verne Pickren Sr. and Marion Mills Evans. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air force. Mr. Pickren owned and operated many businesses in Charlton and surrounding counties, including Folkston Coca-Cola, Western Auto in St. Marys and Sam Pickren Heating and Air. He was a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Raulerson Pickren; a granddaughter, Jennifer; a great-granddaughter, Cassie; and a sister, Marion Bell.
Mr. Pickren was survived by his three children, Samuel L. (Daphne) Pickren Jr., Cathy L. Clark and Gina M. (Robert) Paulk; a sister, Jean (Kenneth) Harrison; half-siblings, Verne Jr., Marcia, Cara Lisa and Porter; 11 grandchildren, Tammi, Krista, Dana, Joe, Anna, Kerri, Paul, Katie, Justin, Jacob and Calli; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in Pineview Cemetery with Rev. Jessie Pickett officiating.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.