Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Shelva Jean Pickler

Miss Shelva Jean Pickler, 81, of New London passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Atrium Health Northeast, Concord.  Her funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at First Baptist Church of New London, Inc. with Rev. Brandon King and Rev. David Ayers officiation.  Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle.

Born August 6, 1937 in Stanly County, NC she was the daughter of the late Claude Franklin Pickler and Mary Earnest Poplin Pickler.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New London, Inc. and was a retired teacher with the Albemarle City Schools with 17 years of service.  She graduated as Salutatorian of the 1955 Class of New London High School and also graduated from Appalachian State  University.  She also attended George Peabody College in Nashville, TN.  Miss Pickler was very active in her church where she was Co-Director of JOY Makers for 13 years, Sunday School teacher for 50 years, Sunday School Director for the Children Department, served formerly as Chairman of the Music Committee, Music Director, Pianist and choir member.  She also served on the Budget and Finance Committee and Nominating Committee and as Church Historian.  Miss Pickler had 67 years of perfect attendance for Sunday School.  She was a member of the Friends of Children Committee for the NC Baptist Children’s Homes and a member of the I. G. Greer Society for the Baptist Children’s Homes of NC.  Additionally she served as a messenger to the Baptist Association and was a member of the GA’s ad YWA’s.

Miss Pickler is survived by her sister Daphine Poplin Pickler of the home as well as by a number of cousins.  Memorials may be made to NC Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338.


  • Jennifer Morgan Pruitt Posted December 6, 2018 9:12 pm

    Miss Pickler was my 7th grade teacher. Great teacher and a very caring person. I will never forget her. Bless you Miss Pickler !!

  • Gavin Poplin Posted December 6, 2018 10:02 pm

    A true saint of a women. A life devoted to helping children have better lives just by knowing her.

  • Miranda Fraley Posted December 6, 2018 10:19 pm

    Praying for the family. My sister and I were members of the Joy Makers many years ago. Lots of wonderful memories singing with Miss Shelva Jean. I know heavens Choir is praising His name with her in attendance.

  • Tony Underwood Posted December 7, 2018 2:05 pm

    She was a Great Teacher. I remember sitting in the Front Corner room of the School Now. She held my attention. That is saying alot for me…lol Prayers for her family during this time and in the future.

  • Sandy Poplin Hicks Posted December 8, 2018 8:00 pm

    She was such a sweet lady. She will be missed. Praying for Daphne and my step dad Tim Harwood. They are cousins.

  • Charleen Huneycutt Lisk Posted December 9, 2018 9:19 am

    Miss Pickler was a wonderful and caring teacher. Always loved her and thought of her a lot. She introduced me to peacock blue ink while in school.

  • Kay Gaddy Posted December 9, 2018 10:57 am

    She was such a sweet lady and so kind to my parents while they were living. Daphine, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Norman and Macie’s daughter ~ Kay Gaddy

  • Janice Smith Posted December 9, 2018 6:18 pm

    She was my North Carolina history teacher. I never forgot how she made history so interesting. I still have my North Carolina project after 50 plus years.

  • Julia Bowers whitley Posted December 9, 2018 10:31 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Linda Sample Posted December 12, 2018 10:21 am

    I was lucky enough to have her as a teacher two different times, in 7th and 8th grade. Then I was truly blessed to have her as my neighbor. Thank the Lord for the Shelva Jeans in this world. God didn’t make many. Each is a true treasure.

  • Tommy Taylor Posted December 13, 2018 6:06 pm

    I never had a better teacher!

  • Jane C Huneycutt Posted December 14, 2018 9:52 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Shelva Jean’s passing. You were both special to our family. We enjoyed the phone calls and visits mother and I had with you both. Prayers and much love.

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