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Ora Pickett

1941 ~ 2021

Date of Death: April 12, 2021


In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Pickett family. Ora’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Ms. Ora L. Pickett.


Derrick Veasley ~ Director

Henry Veasley ~ Director

Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain


Ora L. Pickett was a gift from God to the late McKinley Jackson and Anna Owens on Thursday, July 3, 1941 in Tarry, Arkansas. She was called to take her eternal rest on Monday, April 12, 2021 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Jim D. Pickett; her two sisters, Maple Cole and Mary Walker; her three brothers, Alliston Luster, Henry Tole and Veotis Nelson.

Ora was fortunate to attend Lincoln, the all-black school in Star City, Arkansas in her younger years of being educated. Later in life, she attended the public schools in Chicago, Illinois. She was a faithful member at Abounding Love Ministries in Dolton, Illinois under the direction of Senior Pastor Walter L. Dean, Sr. Her favorite songs were “I Made It” sang by Wendy Ross and “Take to the King” sang by Dora Walker. Overall, she was a faithful Child of God for over 60 years. Her favorite color was light-blue and she also loved red, white and pink roses.

Ora was a faithful wife for over twenty-five years to her late husband, Jim. She was a kind loving woman, who never met a stranger throughout her life. She also had a big heart and was called “Momma Ora” by many who knew and loved her so well (she was a mother to many people). She was employed for twenty-five years as a seamstress for Midwest in Chicago and was blessed to enjoy retirement. She will be greatly missed by all who appreciated and adored her throughout her life.

Ora will be forever cherished and remembered by her two brothers, Jesse Owens-Jackson of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Charles R. Foster of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her sister, Joann Minnie Richman of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a host of nephews, nieces, other family members and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rowell-Parish Mortuary 611 North 9th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

Celebration of life service will be held Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Rowell-Parish Mortuary.

Committal service and final resting place will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery Fort Smith, Arkansas.


Office: 479-782-9200
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