Larry Grant Pickens, 72, of Watson, Oklahoma and Irving, Texas, passed away March 4, 2016 in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Grant was born April 13, 1943 in Durant, Oklahoma, to the late Raymon Pickens and Murble May Gray Pickens.
Grant attended first grade in Durant, Oklahoma, then transferred to a school in Achille, Oklahoma, where his mother taught school. The family moved to Dallas, Texas in 1952, then to Irving, Texas in 1953. Grant attended school in Irving, and graduated from Irving High. After graduation he joined the Air Force, where he received some training as a machinist. Most of his time in the service was spent in Texas and California. After he was discharge, he went back to school taking advanced training to be a machinist. Grant went to work for the Vought Corporation in Grand Prairie, Texas, making airplane parts for military fighters and bombers. He worked for 31 years before retiring. After retirement he split his time between Watson, Oklahoma and Irving, Texas.
Grant enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, old car restoration and just relaxing with family and friends.
Grant is survived by, his sister, Virginia Ann Pickens of Watson Oklahoma, as well as many beloved family and friends.
Grant was preceded in death by, his parents, Raymon and Murble Pickens and brother, Gerald Gene Pickens.
Singing at his funeral will be his cousins, Bob McClure and Stanley Pickens.
Pallbearers will be his cousins, Roger Paquette, Joe Paquette, Richard Paquette,
James Pickens, Stanley Pickens and Terry Pickens.
Honorary Pallbearers are his cousins, Oliver Gray and Wayne Plunkett.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Watson, Oklahoma with Reverend Landon Murray officiating. Interment will follow in the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas.
Visitation will be general.