William "Bill" Pickering, 81, of Kingston, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born Dec. 26, 1931, in Greenback. He was a member of Southwest Point Baptist Church in Kingston. He was also a U.S. Navy/ Air Force veteran who served as a parachute packer during the Korean War. He worked as a superintendent for James Covington Construction Co. of Georgia, The MidEast Construction of West Tennessee, and he retired from Brimer Steel Erectors of Alcoa. He was an avid bowler with the Senior Bowlers and Wednesday-night league of Midtown. He lived a full life and enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Franklin and Mary Oneal Pickering; brothers, Joseph Pickering Jr., Gilbert Ray Pickering and John Allen Pickering; and sisters, Hazel Mae Pickering and Betty June Raver.
Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Beason Pickering, Kingston; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Melissa Pickering, Kingston; brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Alex Pickering, Harriman; grandchild, Sydney Pickering, Kingston; sister-in-law, Della Pickering, Paint Rock; special friend, James T. Haney, Panama City, Fla.; a host of extended family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, in Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston, with funeral service following at noon in the chapel, with Rev. Larry Bolden officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Roane Memorial Gardens. An online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net.
Published in Roane County News from June 13 to June 14, 2013