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Pickens, Walter Dale

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July 30, 1940 - November 5, 2019

Pickens, Walter Dale

Dale Pickens passed from this life November 5, 2019 after battling dementia for several years.  Born July 30, 1940 in Somerton, Ohio to Walter and Gertrude Pickens. Graduated from Barnesville High School in 1958 and worked for the USPS. Attended Harding University and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1971. After college, Dale worked for Alford Merony Accounting Firm, Liquid Paper, Gillette, and Optek where he retired in April 2013.

Dale met his wife of 54 years, Linda (Chisam) Pickens at Harding University. They were married June 12, 1965. After graduating from Harding, he and Linda moved to Dallas, TX to begin his career. The family put roots down in Garland, TX.

Dale was gifted with a talent for resolving difficult accounting questions. He had a quiet way about him and was known for helping others. He also had a tender spot for animals.

Dale is survived by his wife Linda; son Bob Pickens and his wife Linda (Murphy); daughter Talana Gilara; grandson Austin Mickens and his wife Maria; granddaughter Bailey Gilara; brother-in-law J.R. Chisam of San Marcos, TX, sister Donna (Pickens) Jones of Sardis, OH; niece Sandy Jones Kon of Hudson, OH; nephew Eric Jones; niece Erin Jones Boggs, and niece Sheri Jones all residing in Sardis, OH.

A graveside service was held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:30 am at Wylie Cemetery in Wylie, Texas.  Visitation was held at Highland Oaks Church of Christ after the service.  Dale was a life-long member of the Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Highland Oaks Church of Christ Missions, Dallas TX, or Friends Place of Richardson, Texas or Health Talents International, Inc. in care of James and Jaunell Teague of Highland Oaks Church of Christ, or your charity of choice.

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Betty (Skinner) Gordon

July 21, 2020 9:16AM school and same church all my growing up years was invited to Gertrude and Walters home many times.dale and his family were very nice folks.miss those days.

Tom Couch

June 23, 2020 12:15PM

I am very saddened to hear of Dale's passing. I worked with him at Optek for many years. I enjoyed his friendly manner and his stories. Always a smile and a friendly man Dale will live on in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
God bless your family and God bless you Dale!

Don Cook

June 19, 2020 9:26PM

I just learnedabout Dale’s passing and would liketo express my condolences to his wife and family. I liked Dale very much. I’m surprised to read he suffered from dementia for a few years, because his mind seemed very sharp when he left Optek in 2013. I am an engineer there and Dale came by my desk many times and we had some long discussions. Mainly I just listened to his stories. I still miss that. He had a very easy going manner.