Sherman A. Pickard, 87, of Youngsville, passed away Tuesday, June 9, with his family by his bedside at Duke University Medical Center. Sherman was born in Greensboro to the late Vernell and Rosa Pickard.
Sherman joined the Burlington Fire Department two years after graduating from high school and served as a member from 1949 to 1955. During this time, he also served as the Director of Training. Afterwards, Sherman was hired by the North Carolina Department of Insurance as the Director of Fire and Rescue Service Training and served in that position for 11 years, designing training and educational courses for firefighters. He was also a volunteer fireman in Garner during the 1960s. In 1967, Sherman was hired by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He served as Director of Services for 19 years. Part of his time involved working with fire departments on policies, practices, and equipment. He resigned upon his appointment as the Fire Chief for the City of Raleigh. Chief Pickard served the city from 1986 until his retirement from the Raleigh Fire Department on July 1, 1995. Chief Pickard was a graduate of the Municipal Administration Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also studied Fire Defense Systems at the University of Maryland, the United States Navy Structural Firefighting School, and the Florida State Fire College. Sherman also owned his own company for 30 years, Sherman A. Pickard Associates.
Sherman served his Lord faithfully through various churches, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and as a mentor to many.
Sherman is survived by his loving wife, Tillie, of 21 years. He is also survived by his sons, Ken Pickard (Jan) of Phoenix, AZ, Scott Pickard of San Jose, CA, and Dana White (Shannon) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren.
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A service celebrating Sherman’s life will be held on Friday evening, June 12, at 7 pm in the sanctuary of Franklinton Baptist Church, Franklinton, NC. Visitation will be held from 6-7 pm prior to the service in the sanctuary. There will be a private burial on Saturday, June 13.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Franklinton Baptist Church window restoration fund 108 West Mason Street Franklinton, NC 27525.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811)