Carrington Allen Pickens Jr.

Published 4:13 pm Monday, May 23, 2011

COLLIRENE – Carrington Allen Pickens Jr., 19, of Collirene died Friday, May 20.

He was born Nov. 13, 1991 in Atmore, the son of Carrington Allen Pickens Sr. and Karen Howell Hale. He was a 2010 graduate of Dallas County High School, where he was a member of the football team.

Allen was a wonderful son, grandson and friend who, at 17, moved to “The Hill” as companion to his grandfather. He was known for being dependable and trustworthy, traits that earned the respect from the entire community. He was willing to help when asked and asked nothing in return. Because of his carefree nature, children especially were drawn to him. Allen’s spirit of generosity has been carried on in death, as his eyes were donated so that the gift of sight may be given. He attended First United Methodist Church in Benton.

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His father, Carrington Allen Pickens Sr. of Collirene; his maternal grandfather, Kenneth Wayne Howell of Atmore and maternal grandmother, Rebecca Spivey Pickens of Collirene, preceded him in death.

Allen is survived by his mother and stepfather, Karen and Rodney Hale of Selma; his brothers, Spivey Pickens, Hunter Hale and Sage Hale, all at home; maternal grandmother, Pamela McRae Howell of Atmore and paternal grandfather, Thomas Rex Pickens Jr. of Collirene and his girlfriend, Whitney Denson, of Valley Grande.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at “The Hill,” Collirene followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. at the Collirene Cemetery with the Rev. Travis Barnes officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers are Alex Goodwin, Kenny Martin and B.J. Moore of Selma and Josh Dorriety, Mark Dorriety and Kenneth Hadley of Atmore. Honorary pallbearers are Spivey Pickens, Hunter Hale, Sage Hale, Don Goodman, Wood Spivey, Keith Moore and Glen Johnson.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at Lawrence Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Alabama Chapter of AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) 3918 Montclair Blvd. Suite 210. Birmingham, AL 35123.

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