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Anthony Joseph Pickich

April 19, 1954 — March 4, 2024

Ocean Springs

Anthony “Joey” Pickich went peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord on March 4th, 2024. We know he was greeted by the ones he missed most and loved dearly, his mom and dad. We will miss the fun times and laughs we had with our dad dearly, but knowing he is healed in Heaven is the greatest feeling in the world. We now have a guardian angel with THE BEST sense of humor! 

Born on April 19th, 1954 to Anthony and Dorothy Pickich. Our dad grew up on the streets of Biloxi. Main Street is where he called home for many years. He would spend countless hours on the baseball diamond doing what he loved with his family and friends. From his little league team, Jackson Insurance Agency coached by his Uncle Doc to his KC’s of Biloxi days at Hiller Park. You always knew where to find Joey Pickich.  Our dad loved the game of softball and baseball, and he shared the love of the game with us growing up. That love of the game and sports continues with his grandchildren to this day. He loved and lived for those days. Growing up with 4 sisters, we are sure he had the loudest cheering section of them all. Oh, to be a fly on the wall with him and his sisters growing up! Our dad was loved and protected by them all the way through his final hours. Each Sunday, you could find him at St. John’s Catholic Church. He graduated from Biloxi High School in 1972 where he played…you guessed it…baseball! 

He worked 45+ years in the wastewater management field with OMI and Optech, just recently retiring. He loved going to the IP casino to get his free play and free food! He always looked forward to getting his free gumbo. Our dad always loved a good scary movie, in which his sister Joyce and niece Danielle share the same love with him. Nothing like watching Freddy Krueger as a kid with your dad while your eyes are covered, and he sat not phased one bit. But that was our dad, always watching the newest and scariest movie he could find and recording them on VHS tapes. And man did he love his Saints! Even when they were having a losing season, he still supported them. He may have had a few choice words about it when they were losing, but he bled black and gold. He loved playing fantasy football with his grandson Trey, and those two together were trouble! You would always find him surfing the channels to find that one game he wanted to watch as he was kicked back in his favorite old recliner. Sometimes flipping back and forth to watch multiple games at once. We know now that he has the best seat in the house to watch any football game he wants. We will miss these times with him and will cherish all the memories we have made with him along the way. And in the words of our dad, Nanu-Nanu. 

Joey is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Pickich and father, Anthony Pickich, Jr. He is survived by his two children, Chad (Kristin) Pickich, Cherie (Eric) Fournier and 5 grandchildren, Trey, Alex, Peyton, Eli and Perrin. He is survived by his 4 sisters, Sharon (Haven) Foretich, Toni (Roland) Broussard, Joyce Pickich Larsen, Nan (Raul) Reyna. 

There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Blessed Seelos Catholic Church, P.O. Box 347 Biloxi, MS 39533. We would like to give a special thank you to Sarah and Nick for your guidance, patience and caring spirit as our dad went to be with the Lord. We will always be thankful for you with how you took care of our dad, and how you took care of us. And always remember…Don’t Worry, Be Happy, It ain’t that Crappy!

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Anthony “Joey” Pickich.


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