W. Roby Pickett Sr., 81, cattle dealer, farmer


W. Roby Pickett Sr., 81, cattle dealer, farmer

W. Roby Pickett Sr., a retired cattle dealer and school bus driver, died of heart failure Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. The Sykesville resident was 81.

Born in Sykesville, Mr. Pickett attended Carroll County public schools. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served in England, France and Germany. Several days after landing at Normandy, he was wounded by a mortar shell -- for which he received the first of two Purple Hearts. The other was for the frostbite he suffered in the winter of 1944-1945.

From 1966 to 1978, Mr. Picket was a dairy farmer at Fairhaven, a Carroll County farm later converted into a retirement community by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

Mr. Pickett also bought and sold cattle, and drove a school bus from 1983 to 2000.

His wife of 23 years, the former Donna Jean Unger, died last year.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Survivors include two sons, W. Roby Pickett Jr. of Westminster and Ronald Pickett of Sykesville; three daughters, Helen McQuay of Sykesville, Betty Williams of Reisterstown and Cheryl Holl of Westminster; a sister, Pearl Knauff of Sykesville; a brother, Shriver Pickett Jr. of Union Bridge; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Roberta McQuay, died in 1990. A stepson, Ernest Poole Jr., died in 1992. A previous marriage to Anna Roberta Mullinix ended in divorce.

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