On June 12, 2019, Earl C. Pickett , was called home to be with the Lord. Earl, was the second child of Earl C. and Minnie Ester Smith Pickett. He was preceded in death by his sister, Minnie Earl, at a young age. Earl was educated in the Chicago School system, graduating in 1967, he immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. Earl spent six years in the Corps, traveling across the country and finally settling in Hawaii. He stayed in Hawaii for an additional year, before relocating to the Washington, DC area. He was employed with various employers but his greatest joy was with Cavalier Men's Shop, in Washington. He was employed there for five years, when the patriotic call to duty arose again. Earl, rejoined the United States Navy where he once again, had a very exciting career. Earl served with various flag officers in the Norfolk area, which provided him with the opportunity to see most of the world. He was afforded the opportunity to serve as aide to General Douglas McArthur's wife. Following a transfer to Washington, DC, he served with Joint Chiefs of Staff, before receiving an offer that he could not refuse, to be employed with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, rising to the position of Assistant Superintendent, before retiring after twenty years of service, where he received numerous awards, including Supervisor of the Year. Earl, was baptized at an early age, at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, in Chicago. Earl, was ordained a Deacon, at St. Matthews Baptist Church, where he served in various auxiliaries. Upon retirement and moving to the lovely State of North Carolina, he affiliated with the Green Level Christian Church, where he once again served as Deacon and in Various choirs. On Valentine's Day, 1986, he met the love of his life, Garnetta L. Dixon. He called her "Doll Baby". They were married, July 3, 1993, and until he was called home, they enjoyed a wonderful marriage and life together. He leaves his Lovely and Loving wife, Garnetta "Sparkle", brothers-in-law, Terry (Betty) Dixon and Darius "Bug" Dixon; two brothers in arms, Jonathan Cain (Jayne) and Anthony E. Nieuwendam (Solie), three nieces, Sheria Dixon-Thompson (Wade), Angella Hester and Beledda Dixon; one nephew, Jerry Crisp Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends.
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