William Dean Pickinpaugh was born in Wyoming in 1990. His step father was a drug dealer, and his mother was a drug addict. One day his step father beat a man half to death that owed him some money. The judge gave him a choice to leave the state or go to prison. That's when his family decided to come to Cookeville, which was Williams's first stay at the Cookeville Rescue Mission at the age of ten. His step dad ended op leaving and William later found out he overdosed in Wyoming and died. William started selling weed in high school, but soon started using and selling pills and methamphetamine. He soon began cooking meth, and it wasn't long after that he found himself in rehab. He has been to rehab a total of four times, but has always found himself using again. He eventually left Tennessee for Alabama to avoid the police. Soon he was cooking meth in Alabama and eventually drew attention from the police there, which brought him back to Cookeville. He started working at Purdue, but was using drugs and drinking heavily, which caused him to lose his job and come back to the rescue mission. While here he found a job, but lost it due to many of the same reasons. He moved in with a girl and was using heavily. While sitting on the couch he decided enough was enough and came back to the Mission. He decided to join the Mission's Life Transformation Ministry where he accepted Jesus into his life and has been sober for nearly a year.
William accepted Jesus into his life and has been sober for nearly a year.
He is currently working full time and is excited about his newly acquired second chance in life. He plans on graduating the program soon and moving in too his own place where he will continue his faith and sobriety.