Born: February 27, 1859, Burnsville, Mississippi (near Iuka).
Died: May 9, 1928, Middlesboro, Kentucky.
Buried: Wilmore Cemetery, Wilmore, Kentucky.
Leander was the son of James Cochran Pickett and Sarah Villers Walker, and husband of Ludie Day.
A Methodist evangelist, he held meetings in a number of states and at Holiness campgrounds. He and Ludie served in northeast Texas; Columbia, South Carolina; and possibly elsewhere, before settling in Wilmore, Kentucky.
The two of them were prominent local players in the founding of Asbury College in Wilmore in 1890, and Leander served as the financial agent of the board of trustees for many years. The Picketts also helped by boarding ministry students from Asbury, among whom was missionary E. Stanley Jones.
In 1905, a student prayer meeting at the Pickett home spilled out to the Asbury campus in a revival that spread around the town of Wilmore.
Perhaps the Picketts’ greatest gift to the world was their son, J. Waskom Pickett, who attended Asbury College and became a missionary to India, rising as high as Bishop of the Methodist Church in India.