Funeral services for Mancel James Pickett of Fordland were held Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in the Fraker Funeral Home of Marshfield.
Burial followed in the Fordland Cemetery, under the direction of the funeral home.
Mancel James Pickett, son of Harry Alvie and Laura Myrtle (Smith) Pickett, was born on April 26, 1938, in Quapaw, Okla., and passed away on Feb. 16, 2021, at his home in Fordland at the age of 82.
On April 28, 1956, Mancel was united in marriage with Leona Holloway, and to this union three children were born, all surviving.
Mancel worked as a plumber and pipefitter for over 60 years. He was a member of the Plumber & Pipefitters Local Union No. 178 since 1959.
He was a 53-year member of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge No. 439, A.F. & A.M., and a founding member of the Fordland Saddle Club.
During his free time, he loved hunting, four-wheeling, camping, boating, raising his garden, raising animals and tending to his bees.
Mancel always had a hobby and was always keeping busy. He loved to design and build things, but most of all, he loved helping people, and he had fun helping people using his Jeep to pull others out of the ditch.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Leona, of the home; three children, Gegatie (Lynette) Pickett of Springfield, Heath (Cindy) Pickett of Fordland and Janean (Forrest) Derks of Marshfield; nine grandchildren, Joshuaw, Jessica, Kelsey, Heather, Zach, Sheena, Belinda, Darrell and Amber; and nine great-grandchildren, Drew, Henry, Dusty, Lillie, Westley, Hunter, Tate, Clinton and Calli.
Mancel was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clifford; two sisters, Eulah and Beaulah; and one greatgrandson, Grayson.
Online condolences may be made at www.frakerfuneralhome.com