Jack L. Pickett, 76 of Brazil, died at 3:43 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2005, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Born in Knightsville on Aug. 5, 1928, he was the son of Walter Shelby and Fairy Carnival Lucas Pickett.
He married Lila M. DeBaun Nov. 16, 1952. He was a 1946 graduate of Brazil High School. He attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana State University. While attending high school he delivered newspapers for The Brazil Times and was an usher at the local theatres. In 1951 he began working for Nichols Loan Co. in Terre Haute and began the Brazil Branch of Nichols Loan in 1952, then worked at Indiana Thrift. From 1977-1983 he was the Vice President of Riddell Natoinal Bank. In 1983 he accepted the President position of the First Bank and Trust, from which he retired in 1993.
He was a member of the United Way of Clay County, Clay County Economic Development Corporation. He was also a member of the Brazil Red Cross. He was instrumental in fundraising for the Forest Park Pool. He helped in creating the Christmas in the Park tradition, and in 1954 he helped in starting Jr. Jaycees' Clothe-A-Child Campaign. Some of his many awards include: Kentucky Colonel, 1987 Sagamore of the Wabash Valley and the 1993 Daniel Harris Award. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, bird watching, golfing and politics.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Betty Hartman and Grace Pickett.
Survivors include his wife Lila, three daughters: Pam Grimes and husband David of Terre Haute, Robin Pickett and husband Sundeep Rao of West Lafayette, Ind., Terry Taylor and husband Doug of Indianapolis; six grandchildren: Betsy, Brian and Becca Grimes of Terre Haute; Zach, Reilly and Grace Taylor of Indianapolis and three nephews: Jim Hartman, Bill Hartman of Brazil and Alan Hartman of Brazil.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lawson- Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. in Brazil, with Brother Greg Comp officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.