Thomas Leroy Pickelsimer: Obituary


Mr. Thomas Leroy Pickelsimer, age 90, of the Peachtree Community, Murphy, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019. Mr. Pickelsimer was born March 9, 1929, in Epworth, GA, to the late J.D. Pickelsimer and the late Minnie White Pickelsimer. He was a member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Pickelsimer graduated from Epworth High School in 1948. He joined the Army on November 7, 1950, receiving the Occupation Medal while serving in Japan. Tom continued his education attending and graduating in 1954, from Young Harris Junior College. Two years later he graduated in 1956, from Georgia State College with a degree in Business Management. He worked as an Insurance Agent with Prudential Insurance, was a Sales Manager with Paul Revere Insurance Co., was a Credit and Collection Manager for Royal Typewriter with Litton Industries, and worked in real estate in Cherokee Co. before retiring. Tom was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Pickelsmer, mother, Minnie White Pickelsimer, sisters, Lois Troll and Jeanette White, and brothers, Wayne Pickelsimer and Lewis Pickelsimer.

Survivors include his wife, Inez M. Pickelsimer, brother, J. D. Pickelsimer, sisters, Opal Mitchell, Maxine Wood, Irene Larrea, and Tressie Camp, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 2:00 pm from the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church, with Dr. Paul King, Dr. Chester Jones, and Rev. Noah Crowe officiating. Music provided by: Peachtree Memorial Church Choir. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers: Chris King, Jimmy Robinson, Matt Rogers, Steve Christopher, Eric Teague, and Mack Cowan.

The family will receive friends at the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church, Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 12:30 pm. – 2:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy, NC. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

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