Rev. Richard Pickney, 89, of Alton, died Feb. 26, 2003, in Alton.
Born Nov. 2, 1913, in Ash Flat, he was the son of George and Effie Pickney.
On March 24, 1932, he married Laura Jane Yates of Walnut Ridge and to this union five children were born.
He was ordained as an Assembly of God minister and served for 60 years. In 1940 he preached his first sermon on the grandstand in the park at Cardwell, Mo. He pastored his first church at Burnt Hill, Ark. Altogether he pastored 15 churches including the Alton Assembly of God Church. He was a faithful member of the Assembly of God Churches in both Missouri and Arkansas during his time in ministry.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Jane; his five children -- Maxine Hayes and husband, Johnny, of Senath, Mo, Joyce Cates and husband, Herman, of Alton, Clay Pickney and wife, Sue, of Springfield, Mo., Pat Miller and husband, Mike, of Springfield, and Jim Pickney and wife, Judy, of Buffalo; 15 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Everett Pickney and George Pickney, both of Paragould; plus many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mabel Boring, and her family of Warsaw, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters -- Vinnie Brewer and Marie Pickney; two brothers -- Henry Pickney and Jess Pickney; a brother-in-law, Damon Brewer; and two sisters-in-law, Mayme Pickney and Ada Pickney.
The funeral was March 1 at Alton Assembly of God Church with Fred Perkins and Steve Sinor officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton. Interment was in the Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery at Walnut Ridge.