Charles Edward "Buddy" Pickering, 81, of Williamstown, W.Va., departed from Checkpoint Charlie for the last time on Oct. 12, 2013, and is currently visiting with his flying buddies who have previously departed.
Charlie was born at 400 Phillips Street, Marietta, Ohio on Dec. 16, 1931, to Charles Albert Pickering of Amesville, Ohio and Regina Dennis Pickering of Newell's Run, Ohio.
Charlie attended Marietta High School and Ohio University in 1955, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
He is survived by Joanne (John) Doan and Reginald (Jan) Pickering, both of the Marietta area. Charlie married his dearly loved wife, Jean Allen, also of Williamstown, on July 9, 1955, and together they shared over 58 years and many adventures together.
Charlie and Jean had four children, Charles Allen Lanier (Jan) Pickering of Williamstown, Bev Pickering (Brian) Davis of Butler, Ky., David Neal (Donna) Pickering of Williamstown and Michael Edward (Lisa) Pickering of Texas. They have 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Buddy was a SP3 in the Army during the end of the Korean War, and upon returning home became an electrician in the IBEW Marietta Local # 972. He joined Pickering Electric Company, eventually becoming president, and retired in 1990 to pursue his passion of aviation on their airport/farm near Lowell, Ohio-"Checkpoint Charlie".
He enjoyed building, repairing and flying both new and old planes. He held a commercial rating, ASEL/MEL/CFI and was both an A&P and IA, was a member of the EAA, provided Young Eagle Flights and was a charter member of MOVAA. Charlie was active with the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown, W.Va., the Williamstown Lions Club and the Parkersburg Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Charlie had a great sense of humor and presence, always had a story, was cheerful and always looked at the brighter side of a situation.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, 438 Williams Avenue in Williamstown, W.Va., with lunch to follow in the multi-purpose room.
Donations will be received for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at the Church or the Red Cross. Bring your memories, stories and hearts, and let's share the good times that we've had together.