Charles William "Charlie" Pickel

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Charles William "Charlie" Pickel, 85, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Tennova Residential Hospice in Halls.
He was born July 18, 1928 in Kingston and was a lifelong resident of Roane County. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Frances Riley Sharp Pickel; parents, Charles Monroe and Ida Ruth Martin Pickel; son, Roger Wayne Sharp; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Milford Stumpf; niece, Teri Latham; and grand-niece, Mandy Smith.
He was a cattleman all of his life. He started showing Polled Herefords as a boy with his brother, George. After graduating in 1947 from Roane County High School, they started Pickel Polled Herefords. They raised and showed Pedigreed Polled Herefords all over the country. He served as president of the East Tennessee Polled Hereford Association several times. He was co-owner of the Tennessee Cattle Magazine in the late 1960s.
In 1952, Pickel Polled Hereford Farms sold a CMR Advance Larollo bull to Circle M. Ranch in Senatobia, Miss. This bull brought the world record price at the time.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from June 6, 1951 to February 1953.
After selling the company, he went to work for Kay's Farms in Knoxville and for Dr. J.C. Kyle as a cattle consultant while maintaining the farm in Kingston.
Those in the cattle business valued his knowledge and called him many times to ask his advice on raising cattle. He was a well-respected authority in all things concerning the cattle business. He loved his work and cows.
He is survived by his brother, George Pickel (Shari), Kingston; sister, Alice Ensminger (Za), Johnson City; grandchildren, Julie Sharp, Kingston, Susanne Cunningham (Jeff), Columbus, Miss., and Frank Stumpf (Tami), Columbus; great-grandchildren, Colin Cunningham, Kate Cunningham, Hayden Stumpf and Austin Stumpf, all of Columbus; one niece, Tafonda Smith (Ron); one nephew, Charles Ensminger; one grand-niece, Tayler Smith; one grand-nephew, Tanner Latham; and sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Ault.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston. At his request, his cremains will be scattered on his farm by his family privately. Memorials may be made to either the or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. An online register book can be signed at
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Fraker Funeral Home
1445 Kingston Highway
Kingston, TN 37763
(865) 717-7727
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Published in Roane County News from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2014
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