Bernice Adel Stultz Pickerel, 81, of Colfax, North Carolina passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at her residence. She was born December 07, 1940, in Bassett, Virginia to the late Jesse Booker Stultz and Violet Foster Stultz.
Bernice was an owner and operator of Pickerel Enterprises and retired in 2005, she worked for Martinsville City Schools as a bus driver from 1970-1975, she was employed as a cook at Happy Hours Day Care Center. In her years at Clearview Wesleyan Church, she volunteered at Blue Ridge Nursing Home, including holding Sunday School classes featuring “Sally Bigmouth.” Created a Sunday School teacher position for special needs adults called the Happy Gems for ten years. She volunteered as a summer youth camp counselor in the 1960-1970’s. Bernice was honored as Wesleyan Woman of the year 1989-1990. Another passion of Bernice was to organize activities for the monthly Clearview Wesleyan Church Best Years of Fellowship (BYFers), including trips as far away as Hershey, Pennsylvania. She loved to volunteer in the community to take seniors to doctor’s appointments in the 1990’s. She loved to travel with her husband to all the 50 states and 14 Countries. Most recently she attended Crosspointe Church in Cary, North Carolina.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Kevin Pickerel.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Lawrence Alvin Pickerel; daughter, Crystal Ellison; sisters, Peggy Scott, Cindy Grogan, Brenda Edwards; brother, Mark Stultz (Mary); and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Wright Funeral Service Chapel at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Stephen Claybrook, from Crosspointe Church in Cary, North Carolina officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.
Wright Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net.