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William T. Pickard Jr.

William T. Pickard Jr.

Owner / President

A native of Lee County, William is a graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta. He began his employment with Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home in 1981. William is married to the former Chastity Dawn Gunter. The Pickard’s reside in west Sanford with their three daughters. They are members of the First Baptist Church.

Marty Cole

Funeral Home Staff

Marty began his employment with Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home in 1994. He is a 30 year veteran of the Sanford Police Department. A graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, and Central Carolina Community College, Marty is married to the former Amy Fraley of Cameron. They reside in Carolina Trace and have four children. The Coles are members of Crossroads Ministries.

Tiffany Ridenhour Burnette

Funeral Service Licensee

Tiffany comes from the Barbecue area of Harnett County. Tiffany joined Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home in August of 2000. She is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical community College with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education She resides in the Northview community with her husband, James Ray Burnette, Jr.

Robert Lawrence Cole

Licensed Funeral Director

Robert was born in Lee County, and raised in Jonesboro. He joined Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home in the summer of 2004. Robert previously worked in furniture sales for 21 years. He is a 1968 graduate of Sanford Central High School, and is a member of Grace Chapel Church. Robert has 4 children.

Jimmie Wicker (1930 - 2012)

Licensed Funeral Director

Jimmie W. Wicker was a Sanford resident all his life, and married to the former Esther Campbell of Broadway. He was a veteran, having served his country in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. The Wicker’s are members of St. Luke United Methodist Church. They have one son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.

Ross Pittman

Funeral Home Staff

Ross was born in Lee County and raised on farms in the Cape Fear area, and also in the Barbecue area of Harnett County. Ross started work at an early age at the former Kammer’s Men’s Store on Steele Street. He and his late wife “Dot,” later purchased the store and operated it until retirement. The Pittman’s have one son.

Charles Reynolds

Funeral Home Staff

Charles was born and raised in Lee County in the Jonesboro area. He is married to the former Jean Cashion. Charles retired after many years with the former Stroud-Hubbard Shoes on Steele Street. Charles is a member of Jonesboro Presbyterian Church.

Michael Stephens

Funeral Home Staff

Michael is a native of Lee County and grew up in the Lemon Springs area.  He is a graduate of Queens University in Charlotte where he and his wife, Ashley, lived for 10 years.  Michael and Ashley have one son and reside in the Fairway Woods community.

Ralph Upton

Funeral Home Staff

Ralph was born in Nashville, TN.  He and his wife, the former Sue Arquitt, have three children.  He retired from Gold Kist (now Pilgrim’s Pride) after a 34 year career.  The Upton’s are members of the Sanford Church of Christ.



James “Jim” Paschal

Funeral Home Staff

Jim was born and raised in the Pocket Community of Lee County.  Jim resides in Sanford with his wife, the former Cathy Davis.  Jim has worked in the office supply business industry for 35 years.  The Paschal’s are members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carbonton.  Jim has two children and one stepson.  He is a 1963 graduate of Sanford Central High School.

James Phillips

Funeral Home Staff

James was born in Gastonia, NC and lived in several different cities in North Carolina and Georgia during his childhood.  He moved to Sanford in 1963 where he and his wife Frances have resided for the past 46 years.  James worked in the textile and furniture industries for the past 48 years.  James retired from Ultra Craft in 2008.  The Phillips’ are members of Cool Springs Baptist Church in Sanford.  James and Frances have one son, daughter-in-law, and 3 grandsons.    He is a 1960 graduate of Jordan Matthews High School and a 1975 graduate of Central Carolina Community College.  He is a Vietnam Veteran, Mason, and Gideon.  He joined Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home in August of 2009.

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