The Obit For Eddie Pickard

O. E. "Eddie" Pickard

Published in News Record on September 14, 2011

GREENSBORO — Mr. O. E. "Eddie" Pickard, 93, died Sunday, September 11, 2011 at his residence.

A 2 p.m. funeral service will be held Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel. Interment will follow immediately afterwards in Guilford Memorial Park.

"Eddie" was born August 3, 1918 to the late William A. Pickard and Rosa Aldridge Pickard. Upon completion of his schooling, he entered the U.S. Army and served as a

Tech Sergeant during World War II in the European Theatre. After returning home, he joined the Greensboro Police Department and served faithfully until his retirement in 1978 as Captain after 30 years of service. He was the oldest living police officer to be retired from the police department. Eddie was a long-time member of Carraway United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. He also headed up the Methodist Men's annual Brunswick stew which was made from his very own secret recipe. "Eddie" was an active member of The American Legion and also played professional baseball for the Greensboro Patriots during the mid to late 1940's.

He also enjoyed golf very much. Most importantly, he was a very caring person for his family and friends.

Mr. Pickard was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn Burnside Pickard.

Survivors include a son, Edwin Pickard (Judy) of Jamestown, NC. Additionally, he is survived by two grandchildren, Laura Hoffman (Tymm) and Thomas Pickard. In addition, he is survived by three great-grandchildren, Cain, Meron and Mebrate.

The family will receive friends at Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Chapel Wednesday, September 14, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC , 27405 or Carraway Methodist Church, 1301 16th Street, Greensboro, NC, 27405.