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Herman Oliver Pickens obituary
- [S26] Berry Funeral Home, (www.berryfuneralhome.com), 20 Jul 2014.
March 21, 1947 - July 20, 2014
PICKENS, RICHARD "PICK" EUGENE- age 67, of Knoxville, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Beverly Park Place after a long battle with ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia. Richard was a star football player at Young High School from 1962-1964 followed by an outstanding career at the University of Tennessee. The former Tennessee Volunteer fullback was the leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference in 1968 with the honor of All-SEC Fullback of the Year. Richard was a member of the 1967 SEC Championship Team and 1967 National Championship Team under Coach Doug Dickey. Pickens #34 played in the 1966 Gator Bowl, 1967 Orange Bowl and 1968 Cotton Bowl. He was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. After obtaining his degree in transportation from Tennessee Richard worked 32 years at Southern Railway/ Norfolk Southern Corporation holding several positions before retiring as Superintendent of Terminals in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2002. Many thanks are extended to the Young High and Vol Nation Families for their never ending support of Richard throughout his illness. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and May Belle Pickens of Knoxville. He is survived by two daughters; Whitney Lyn Sweet of Silver Spring, Maryland and Sarah Louise Pickens of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Sarah Woodson Sweet and Wrighter Vanderveer Sweet; brother, Steve Pickens of Knoxville. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in Sevierville. Berry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 6 from 5-7 pm. in the Fellowship Hall at Graystone Presbyterian Church at 136 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tennessee Fund at 1551 Lake Loudoun Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996. Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com