PICKRELL, James Whitman, 84, of Sonoita, AZ, died peacefully, in his sleep, on August 7, 2011 at his home in Sonoita, AZ. He was born July 4, 1927 in Phoenix, AZ, to the late Charles and Anna Wallace Pickrell. He is survived by one brother, Robert (Lettie) Pickrell of Phoenix, AZ and one sister, Frances (Roy) Brown of Chillicothe, OH; his daughter, Gregg Pickrell of Camden, SC, the son of Marsha Burden, Iric Burden and his spouse, Darlene Burden and grandson, Emory Burden, all of Flagstaff, AZ. He had many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his life companion, Marsha Poe Burden and by his brother, Charles U. Pickrell, Jr. He attended the University of Arizona and Washington State University. He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine of Washington State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced for many years in the Nogales and Sonoita areas as a respected and much-loved veterinarian for large animals. He was an artist and brilliant storyteller, and had a passion for history. A Service will be held at Black Oak Cemetery on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (A pilot car will leave the Sonoita Fairgrounds at approximately 1:20 p.m.) A celebration of Jim's life will follow immediately at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164, or the charity of your choice. Black Oak Cemetery is located in Canelo, (Canille) Arizona, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, on Highway 83. It's approximately 14 miles from the junction of State Highways 82 and 83, and 1/2 mile from mile marker 18. (Inside the Coronado National Forest). Arrangements by DESERT ROSE CREMATION AND BURIAL.