Cortez Lee Pickett

Cortez Lee “Life” Pickett, age 25, of Mt. Vernon died at 7:51 a.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his home in Mt. Vernon.

Cortez was born October 25, 1989 in Centralia, Illinois the son of Arthur and Patricia Ann (Washington) Pickett and they survive in Mt. Vernon. He was also survived by his daughter, Corjaya Pickett of Mt. Vernon; special friend, Rakiyah Turner of Mt. Vernon; brother, Deshawon Washington of Mt. Vernon; four sisters, Yvonne Pickett of Mt. Vernon, Elisha Washington of Sikeston, MO, Adelia Washington of Sikeston, MO and Litonia Pickett of Sikeston, Missouri; also by several nieces and nephews.

Cortez attended Mt. Vernon Township High School. He loving son, father and brother.

Funeral Services for Cortez Pickett will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 Antioch International Assembly 228 South 9th Street in Mt. Vernon, IL with Rev. Charles Freeman and Apostle Timothy Brinson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the Church.

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