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Monday, November 3, 2003

Norval Pickett Jr., 74, of Brazil, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at 2 p.m. in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

He had been a patient there since Sept. 7, 2003.

Born May 31, 1929, in Glasgow, Ky., he was the son of Norval Pickett Sr. and Willie Mabel Choate Pickett.

He was in the Brazil High School Class of 1947.

On Aug. 26, 1946, he married Mary Margaret Thomas Pickett; she survives.

He was well known as the mayor of Brazil from 1972-1980 and again, 1984-1992.

He was instrumental in Great Dane choosing Brazil as a plant site. He founded Craig Park on the west side of Brazil. He was known as the friend of the underdog and the common man. He annually hosted a senior citizens dinner at the Brazil Armory, including entertainment by Phil Silvers and others.

As a young man, he served as chief of police for five years and operated a brick plant in Albion, Ill., for several years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Mt. Carmel, Ill., a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge; a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Police; past-president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce; member of the Kiwanis and Ducks Unlimited.

He also owned and operated Pickett's Bargain and Auction Barn and Twigg Industries.

He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1972 by Gov. Edgar Whitcomb; the Kentucky Colonel award in 1966 by Gov. Edward Breadthitt; and the Honorary Lt. Col. Aide-de-Camp in the Alabama State Militia by Gov. George Wallace.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Margaret Pickett of Brazil; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Ray Marcia Potee Pickett, of Terre Haute; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret "Margie" and Scott Cooper and husband of Zionsville, Ind.; grandchildren, Amanda Biedess and husband, Matthew, of Indianapolis; Jordan Pickett of Bloomington, Craig Cooper and Carson Cooper of Zionsville; three sisters, Betty Porter and husband, Mike, of Terre Haute, Carolyn O'Rourke and husband, Jim, of Fort Wayne, Anita Kidwell and husband, Tom, of Brazil; two brothers, Jim and Charlotte Pickett of Brazil and Bob and Judi Pickett of Brazil; many nieces; nephews; extended family; and a long-time friend, Norma Humphrey, and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son in infancy, Norman Wayne Pickett.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow in Stunkard Cemetery. Visitation will be today, 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday, prior to services.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Clay County Humane Shelter. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.