William Raymond Pickens
MORRIS — William Raymond Pickens, 86, passed away on Friday morning, March 15, 2013, at his home in Morris, after suffering from long-standing COPD and lung cancer.
He was born in Morris on Oct. 21, 1926, the son of Earl and Gertrude (Lamphere) Pickens.
He attended Morris Central School and was a member of the graduating class of 1945.
He had enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 3, 1944, and so a special graduation was held just for him. He left for Shepherd Field in Texas and was later allowed leave to come back and attend the regular graduation in June of 1945, with the rest of his class. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 15, 1946.
He married his high school sweetheart, Arline Kaiser in the home of her grandparents in Garrattsville on Nov. 9, 1946, by the Rev. Wilfred Lyon, pastor of the Morris United Methodist Church. Four children were born to them.
During part of that time they ran the Corner Store in Garrattsville. Probably many people remember those years. They later divorced and both of them married other people. Upon the deaths of these spouses, Bill and Arline reconnected and were then married on Oct. 18, 2008, by the Rev. Charles Taylor at the St. Matthews Episcopal Church in South New Berlin. This time they enjoyed their remaining years together.
Surviving are his loving wife, Arline; his son, Raymond Paul Pickens of Sidney Center, his son, William Peter Pickens of Morris, his son Michael Ray Pickens of Rome; and his daughter, Michele Rose Pickens Moore of Pensacola, Fla. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; as well as his sister, Alice Pickens Maraglio and husband Arthur of Otego; his sister-in-law, Sally Pickens of Richfield Springs; and aunt, Claudine Stafford, age 100, who resides at Otsego Manor. He is also survived by several nephews, nieces, cousins and his faithful dog, Billy Bob, who also misses him.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Dorothy (Frederick) Hoag; and his brother, Clifford.
He was instrumental in forming the Morris Emergency Squad 50 years ago and in starting several other squads in surrounding towns. He was a charter member of the Morris Emergency Squad.
He worked at Amphenol in Sidney and retired from there. He was also village justice, assuming the duties of said office and officiated at several weddings.
He was also a long-standing member and a past commander of the Morris American Legion Post 1135.
He had many interests including traveling, driving stock cars, hunting, fishing and flying miniature airplanes.
According to his wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral. His body has been remanded to the Johnston Funeral Home, per his wishes, he is to be cremated and his ashes given to his wife and after her death, her ashes will be put with his and they will be together forever.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and there are lots of wonderful memories.
Thanks to the neighbors, the Morris Tent Rental, Catskill Area Hospice, especially Barb Collison, and anyone else, you know who you are.
In memory of Bill please consider donations to the Morris Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 452, Morris, NY 13808.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
At the convenience of the family, a memorial service and celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later time.