Joseph Layton Pickard, 91, of Charleston, Mo., formerly of Kennett, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo.
Born July 7, 1914, in Benton, son of the late Lee Andrew and Mary Alma Layton Pickard, he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, served in F.B.I., worked for Striegel Auto Company, Cotton Exchange Bank and with his family in the Pickard Insurance Agency in Kennett. In 1960 he was appointed Commissioner of Finance for the State of Missouri working in Jefferson City. He became president of the First Security State Bank in Charleston. He served on the boards of the St. Francis Medical Center, Missouri Delta Medical Center, Visiting Nurses Association, Charleston United Methodist Church, Community Sheltered Workshop and the Boy Scouts. In 1973 he was honored as Charleston's Man of the Year.
On April 29, 1939, he married Symantha Louise "Mancy" Dickey, who preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1993. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Lee Andrew "Buddy" Pickard, Jr.
Survivors include two daughters Lee Ann Cullison and husband, Jim, of Charleston and Jane Morris and husband, George, of Clarks Summit, Pa.; one son, Joe Pickard, of East Prairie, Mo.; six grandchildren, Samantha Jayne Morris, of Pittsburg, Pa., Laura Jones, of McKinney, Texas, Suzy Mason, of Monroe, Ga., Mary Pruitt, of Knoxville, Tenn., Michael Jones, of Charleston and Dr. James Cullison, of Carrollton, Ga., and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the United Methodist Church in Charleston with the Rev. Roger Jespersen officiating.
Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tom Striegel, Blair Moran, Rick Reed, Harvey Cooper, Greg Luehmann and Reginald Young.
Honorary pallbearers were The First Security State Bank Board of Directors: Tom Brown III, John E. Burke, Don Burnett, Elott Raffety, Hunter Rolwing, Ernest E. "Pete" Story, Sam E. Story Jr., W.S. Vandivort, William Clayton Vandivort, Rebecca S. Dugan, Thomas H. Story and Wendell Choate and The Community Sheltered Workshop Board of Directors: Jerry Mickey, George Swogger, Mary Mitchell, Wayne Ruesler, Clayton Vandivort, Pete Burns, Larry Kellett and Pat Blackman.
Memorials may be made to the Community Sheltered Workshop, P.O. Box 586, Sikeston, Mo. 63801.