Breckenridge Texan

Avonlee ‘Lee’ Pickens

Avonlee ‘Lee’ Pickens
June 10
07:44 2019

Avonlee “Lee” Pickens, age 81 of Woodway, Texas, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019. Private family graveside services will be held Monday, June 10, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.\

Avonlee Fentress was born November 21, 1937, in Odessa, Texas, to parents, Wiley “Murray” and Rena Mae Fentress. After graduation of high school, Lee went onto graduate valedictorian from Texas Tech University, where she went on to complete her Master’s Degree. Lee began her career teaching high school students in Lubbock, Texas. She later moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a private pilot and eventually owned a small business. In the late ’70s, Lee returned to teaching at Midway Elementary, where she remained until her retirement over 20 years later. During this time, Lee also taught at Baylor University, McLennan Community College and at the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville where she led a program educating violent male offenders. She was fluent in Spanish, and loved her travels. Lee had traveled extensively throughout Europe, Central and South America. She was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, The Historic Waco Foundation and the Women’s Bible Study Fellowship. Lee was widowed in 1976 by her husband, Ray N. Pickens and never remarried. Anyone that knew Lee was well aware of her love for the Lord. One phrase that would accurately describe Lee Pickens after passing would be, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Well done.”

Lee is survived by her daughter, Shera Pickens Martin, who resides in Woodway, Texas with her husband Chris Martin and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Daughters of the American Revolution or The Historic Waco Foundation, and may be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences may be made online at

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