Stanley James “Jim” Pickard, 82, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, formerly of Tupelo, Mississippi, was reunited with his beloved bride in Heaven on Thursday, December 31, 2020. A native of scenic upstate New York, he was born May 24, 1938 to Stanley James Pickard and Adaline Anne Keville.

Jim answered his country’s call to arms as a young man and served in the Air Force both stateside and overseas, including England and French Morocco. After his time in the armed forces, he reconnected with his childhood sweetheart, MaryLou Arnold. They would later marry and raise five children.

Jim was an exceptionally talented musician. He played the bass guitar and sang with several Bluegrass bands whose members became much like family and always held a special place in his heart. He ran sound for events and even performed with his wife in their country and western band in their earlier years. He would spend as much time as possible “pickin and grinnin” and for a while, he even published a local bluegrass magazine. His other passions were trout fishing, bowling and all things edible.

There is no grouping of words that could describe what a wonderful man he was and how much he meant to his family and friends. He truly was one of a kind and we are blessed to have been able to share life with him in all capacities, be it friend or relative.

Survivors include his five children, Sue Jarrell (Aaron) of Dexter, Missouri, Richard Pickard (Ronda) of Monroe, North Carolina, Laurie Ingram (Kevin) of Guntown, Mississippi, Colleen Holley (Tom) of Belden, Mississippi, and Shawn James Pickard (Roxy Villone) of Fredricksburg, Virginia; 8 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and sister, Nancy Bishopp (Jim). He was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, MaryLou Pickard; and granddaughter, Stephanie Gwen Harris.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the Pickard family.