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Graveside Service

Roosevelt Cemetery
Saturday August 29th, 2020

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Kathryn Joanne Pickens



Joanne was born in Augusta, Arkansas on August 21, 1935, and passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Hospice in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 22, 2020. She lived most of her adult life in Searcy, Arkansas.

She attended Grace United Methodist Church for many years before becoming a charter member of St. Paul Methodist Church.

Joanne was married to Charles Keith Pickens until his death in 1970. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. She was the last survivor of the children born to Nan and James William Taggart. She was also preceded in death by 1 son, Charles Kent.

She is survived by 2 sons, Kirby Keith Pickens and his wife Jolynn of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Jody William Pickens and his wife Susan of Jonesboro, Arkansas. She is also survived by 7 grandsons and 10 great-grandchildren.


Everyone who got to know Joanne knows how much she loved to watch her boy’s play sports. Many summers for her were spent at the baseball fields. There were times she would have to move between fields when 2 boys were playing at the same time. When fall came you knew she would be watching her boys play football. She never missed a game even when it was a pee-wee game on Saturday morning. She rode to the out of town games with other parents when the boys got older and played High School Football. She was even found in the gym watching basketball when one or two boys played.


Joanne stayed as active as she could, for as long as she could. She played doubles tennis for many years. Eventually, the tennis was too hard on her knees and she began walking for exercise. She would walk several miles every day and stop to check on friends and neighbors she hadn’t seen lately or those she knew had been sick. She also enjoyed fishing, reading, afternoons at the lake, & taking grandchildren to the fair, or wherever she could imagine. She was also a long-time volunteer for the American Red Cross and served as secretary for a period of time.

The family wants to thank everyone for all the help given to our mother over the last few years. Without you, her quality of life would not have been nearly as rich.


Due to the current virus situation and the need to social distance, there will be a grave-side service for the immediate family at Oaklawn Cemetery on Saturday August 29th at 2:00 PM. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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You were my favorite aunt and I will miss you and always remember the talks on the phone and staying with you when we came to visit. You were always so good to us, I love you Aunt Jo. I am sorry for your loss Kirby, Jody and family.

Scott Jennings Aug 29 2020 12:00 AM

To the family so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joanne was a sweet and kind neighbor. She and my Grandma were close as well us as neighbors. We will never forget the kindness she did for my Ma.
Thoughts and Prayers

The Wilf Family Aug 29 2020 12:00 AM

Kirby and Jody, Your Mom was always special to me growing up. Even when I left home and didn't get to see her as much as I should've, I still thought about her and remembered her being one of my treasured aunts. She loved you boys more than life itself.

becky taggart rubadou Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM

Kirby and Jody, I sure wish I had visited Aunt Jo more but the times we did she had this way of making you feel welcomed at her home. Now, I have felt welcomed at all my families homes but Aunt Jo was just different. I'm going to miss her very much. There is nothing like loosing your Mom, I pray God will give ya'll strength to get through this time of sorrow. Love and prayers.

Richard and Nancy Taggart Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM

Jere, Jake and I are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We loved Aunt Jo very much.

Donna and Jere Jones Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM

We are going to miss our beautiful friend so much !! Kirby and Jody, you were so blessed to have her as your devoted Mother. She loved you so much ! Prayers to you and your families. Love, Jackie (Noble) and Mike Tableriou

Jackie Tableriou Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

Jody & Susan,
We send our love and prayers for you and your family during this time.
Gary, Debbie & Family.

Debbie Whitney Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

Doug, Jane Manasco and Family

Laura Manasco Hurst Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

Jody and family,

Praying for peace and comfort.

Kelly (Brewer) Wright

Kelly Brewer Wright Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers for the family
She was a beautiful aunt to her brothers children

Donnie Taggart,, prayers from Tracie Taggart Madden and Ken Madden jr

Ken madden Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

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