Bobby Picklesimer


Robert Bryson Picklesimer, formerly Robert O’Kelley, went to be with his heavenly family on Aug. 28, 2020, in High Point, N.C., after a short battle with mesothelioma.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family has chosen to have a private celebration of life ceremony.

Bob, or Bobby as he was known to family, was born May 5, 1942, in Asheville, N.C. After high school graduation in Sylva, N.C., he served in the Air Force and was stationed for a short time in Germany. He then attended Southwestern Community College where he attained a degree as a draftsman. He spent his career working with hydraulic machinery, developing designs and assisting with installations.

He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, who referred to him as Pop Pop. He also enjoyed camping and RVing, hiking the Appalachian Trail, bowling and traveling to Alaska, the western U.S. states and Florida beaches.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Sadie Picklesimer and John O’Kelley; as well as his sisters, Sadie Morris and Kay Ellen Picklesimer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy; his brother, Jeff; his daughter, Krista Pressley and husband Clint; his daughter, Alicia Elliott and husband Steve; and his grandchildren, Wyatt, Carson, Rhett and Sammi; as well as the Blanton cousins, James, Becky and Marty.

The family would like to thank all who have helped during this time, especially the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Medical Center and Hospice of the Piedmont.

If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please do so at Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.