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Charles Malcolm Pickens, age 74, of Somerset, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehab. Charles was born in Hamtramek, MI on June 16, 1942 to the late Charles Pickens and Beulah Ritter Pickens.
Charles Malcom Pickens is survived by two daughters, Deanna Muldowney and Catherine Carter; four grandchildren, T.J. Muldowney, Kristin Muldowney, Joshua Carter and Michael Carter, all from Florida.
Charles was preceded in death by a grandson, Westley Carter.
Charles was of the Southern Baptist Faith. He was employed in the Home Health field with Lifeline Home Health. Charles was a Kentucky Colonel, enjoyed visiting Cumberland Falls and loved his Jack Russell Terriers.
Shirley Riddle, of Somerset, KY, was Charlie's fiancé and "significant other" for over 20 years. He loved her and cared very deeply for her! Though his family and cousins referred to him as Charlie Mac, many friends lovingly called him "Cotton Pickens".
His loyal Jack Russell Terrier, Jack, lived 17 years and preceded him in death.
Shirley, J.T. and Bobbi Wilson were his dedicated caregivers to the end!
Those who knew and loved Charlie, knew him best for his incredible sense of humor! Even in his last months and days, he maintained his sense of humor and fun spirit! He was a great friend and was loved very much by J.T. and Bobbi Wilson.
According to his wishes, Charlie's Memorial will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 12:00 noon EST at Cumberland Falls with first cousin, Bro. Larry Colyer officiating. Meet at the parking lot near the bridge above the falls off Highway 90. Lunch and laughs will be at DuPont Lodge dining room immediately after the service.
Friends and family wish to thank the following: all the nurses and staff of Lifeline Home Health; all the aides and staff of Lifeline Home Care; all the doctors, nurses and staff at Baptist Health Care of Corbin; all the doctors, nurses and staff at UK Healthcare and Markey Cancer Center; the nurses, aides and staff at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehab Center; Dr. David Flynn, Dr. Keith Sinclair and many others.
Friends and family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Pulaski County Humane Society, PO Box 448, Somerset, KY 42502.
You may sign the online register book and leave expressions of sympathy at somersetundertaking.com
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
"He is joined in Heaven by many loved ones and his spirit will always be in the hearts of his loved ones on Earth".
Published on May 6, 2017
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