Alvin K. Pickens

Alvin K. Pickens, 61, Lawrence passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013 at his home.

He was born March 22, 1952 in Leavenworth, KS the son of Alvy and Dorothy (Smith) Pickens.

He worked for D & D Tire and worked in tire industry for 30 years. He more recently worked in maintenance for Midwest Properties.

He married Barbara Rose Pennewell on February 7, 1979. They shared 34 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2012.

Survivors include his children, Wesley Pickens and wife, Samantha, Billie Chamberlin, Monica Pickens, Jeni Pickens and Geoffery Beers; 13 grandchildren and many good friends. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Wesley and Darrell Pickens.

A memorial gathering will be held at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Friday, November 22, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. The family will have a private inurnment at a later date in Hubbell Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Alvin Pickens Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
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8 Condolences

  1. Louise Pennewell on November 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Al had such a great sense of humor, but when someone needed help, he was the first one there. His love for his wife, Barb, was obvious to all who knew him. Loyal, caring, and fun loving. That is how I will remember him. Heavens gates opened and Barb was there waiting. RIP good friend.

  2. heather pennewell on November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Uncle Al was always a kind hearted careing person if you were cold he would give you his coat. I remember when we were kids he was always jokeing and picking on us kids makeing us smile and laugh. He would always lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it even if you didnt need it he would offer. You will be greatly missed uncle Al, Always in my heart and thoughts.You are now home and at peace with aunt Barb

  3. Kristi Edgar on November 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Al was such a great and nice man. Myself and my two kids lived at Greenway Apartments for over three years and my kids just absolutely loved him and his dog. He was always there to help even if it wasn’t part of his job.

    Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  4. Russell Woodgate on November 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Zoe, Rachel and Lillian will miss and always love you.
    I still and always will be your son inlaw. You will be missed very much.
    All our love Zoe, Rachel, Lillian and Russell.

  5. Dana Hall on November 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    You will be truly missed Uncle Alvin…Rest in Peace with Barbara and Ronette.

  6. Darin and Julie Castle on November 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    We have over 20 years of memories with Al. One hell of a guy and a true friend, our group will never be the same without him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and you have our deepest sympathy. I hope we can all find peace with this knowing he is in heaven with his beautiful wife again…singing kareoke. Rest in Peace Buddy you will always be a part of our lives and heart.

  7. Dale&Crystal Floyd on November 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Al will always be remembered for his big heart,big smile,and love for Barb and their grandchildren. Our thoughts are with the whole family.

  8. Zoe Woodgate on December 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Grandpa… tell me bout’ the good old days… I know you always loved that song.. I remember you holding me and i tried to sing it wile grandma stood in the doorway laughing.

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