Margaret Pickett and Percy Macaulay Arthur, USA
argaret "Maggie" Arthur Pickett of Conway, SC passed from this life May 10, 2012. She was born in Mascot, Tennessee to Catherine Welding Arthur and Percy Macaulay Arthur. Maggie was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At UT, she met her future husband Edward Pickett, Jr., who was from Memphis, and they were married in 1943. Their first home was in North Hollywood, California, where he was employed by Lockheed Aircraft and worked on the P-38 project. He later served in the US Navy, stationed on Saipan in 1944-45. Most of their married life of 60 years was spent in Birmingham, Alabama.
She was an accomplished artist, painting mainly in watermedia for 40 years. In Alabama, Maggie belonged to several local art associations and taught many classes in water color and collage. She was a Signature Silver member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Southern Watercolor Society, serving as the representative for Alabama, and the Experimental Artists of Alabama. Her many years of painting weekly with the Art-A-Tac group of 14 artists was a favorite pastime.
Maggie enjoyed many years of genealogy research learning about both her grandfathers' immigration from Scotland through Canada, South Dakota, Illinois, and finally to Kentucky and Tennessee. Alexander Alan Arthur, her paternal grandfather, is known as the founder of Middlesboro, KY.
She was predeceased by her husband, her daughter Catherine Eileen Pickett Taylor, and her son Edward Pickett III. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Pickett Lyerly (Neil) of Conway, grandchildren Allison Macaulay Pickett of Washington, D.C., Amanda Katherine Pickett of Knoxville, TN, Courtney Neil Lyerly III (Catherine) of Great Falls, MT, Daniel Edward Lyerly of Tuscaloosa, AL, great-grandson Caden Conway Lyerly of Great Falls, MT, nieces Sandra Arthur of Wilmington, DE, Eleanor Bowman of Quitman, GA, Sara Morgan (Johnny) of Charleston, TN, Alice Kiger (Mike) of King, NC, nephew Paul Stonecipher (Pam) of Mt. Juliet, TN, son-in-law Frank Taylor (Sharon) of Beaufort, SC and daughter-in-law Linda Sleigh Pickett of Clarksville, TN.
The family extends it gratitude to the St. Pauls' Episcopal Church family and the Conway Baha'i community for their prayers and support over the past several years. Visitation will be at the Lyerly home Monday from 6-8 pm, with services to follow later in the week in Homewood, AL at All Saints Episcopal Church.