LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A salesman known all around Little Rock for lifting spirits and selling brooms has sadly passed away.
Melvin Pickens, affectionately known as "The Broom Man," strolled the sidewalks of the Heights for over 60 years selling mops and brooms in the neighborhood.
The community embraced Pickens, who sold high quality brooms with charisma and a friendly personality like none other. Chances are if you walked into a business in the Heights district today, you are sure to find a broom sold by Pickens.
"He would just come in real unassuming and ask a few people if they need a broom, yes or no, and then politely out the door," recalled Kara Bibb, in a 2013 interview.
Amazingly enough, Pickens continued selling brooms even after suffering health problems. When The Broom Man became unable to walk the streets of Kavanaugh, he would still sell brooms from home.
"We can't just sit down and feel sorry for ourselves," Pickens said in a 2013 interview. "If we don't sell any brooms, you smile, because everyday is not going to be a rainy day in your life."
Just by selling mops and brooms, Pickens was able to put his three son through college, a feat that is becoming less common as the number of salesmen dwindles.
Pickens' grandson told us no funeral arrangements have been set yet, but will have a date set soon.
Melvin Pickens was 84.
A GoFundMe has been established to help pay for his funeral.