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Melvin Pickett, 73
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Smithville resident and Grundy County native Melvin Pickett, 73, was born July 10, 1946 and died March 27 at his residence following an extended illness.

Retired from DeZurik, a United States Army veteran of Vietnam, and a member of Hebron Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Vernon Lester and Lassie Marilda Taylor Pickett. He was an avid sportsman, and loved fishing and hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert Eugene Pickett and Edward Lee Pickett, two sisters Emelene Keener and Mary Barrett, sister-in-law Nancy Pickett, and brother-in-law Jimmy Keener.

He is survived by four sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Trent Anderson, Earlene Keener, and Erma and Dan Fitch, all of McMinnville, and Sadie Sullivan of Manchester, brother James Pickett of McMinnville, sister-in-law Louise Pickett of McMinnville, brother-in-law Hugh Barrett of McMinnville, and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

A graveside service and interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Center Hill Cemetery @ Hills Creek with Derek Stiles officiating. Military grave rites will be administered by American Legion Post 173. There will be no visitation at High’s. Family and friends are to meet at the cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 29, 2020