A funeral Mass was held for Mr. Pickering on Oct. 10 at Holy Ghost Church, with Father John Dowling as the celebrant and Father Bill McNeeley, Father Dan Whitman, and Father Jim Harvey concelebrating the Mass. Deacon Gordy Lowery assisted. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Knoxville.
Mr. Pickering was the loving husband to the light of his life, wife Ellen Anna Clancy, and father to eight children who brought him great joy.
He was known for sharing that joy to help children from around the Knoxville community, whether it was as a lead fundraiser to build Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Columbus Home for children or supporting Fountain City ballpark and the many children it served.
Mr. Pickering was named Samaritan of the Year by St. Mary’s Medical Center for his devotion to youth. Mr. Pickering also was recognized by the National Conference of Christians and Jews with its annual award for service to his fellow men and women.
As a diocesan lay leader, Mr. Pickering was active in the formation of the Diocese of Knoxville in 1988, serving as a financial adviser on the committee of clergy and lay advisers overseeing the division from the Diocese of Nashville. He and his CPA fi rm then served as the Diocese of Knoxville’s first financial officers and accountants.
Mr. Pickering was involved in many other community organizations, including Catholic Social Services, St. Joseph School, Knoxville Catholic High School, the Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts of America, Helen Ross McNabb Center, The Hope Resource Center, Fountain City Recreation Commission, Tennessee Right to Life, and the YMCA.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1950 with a degree in accounting and enjoyed a 70-year career as a certified public accountant.
After first meeting his wife as co-workers in the accounting department of St. Mary’s Hospital, Mr. Pickering opened his own CPA fi rm in Knoxville in 1957, serving clients from all walks of life.
He proudly served the United States as a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Talladega during World War II, and from aboard his ship he witnessed the U.S. flag-raising atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima and the Japanese surrender in 1945 in Tokyo Bay.
Mr. Pickering is preceded in death by his sons, John Clancy and Frank. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ellen Anna Clancy Pickering; sons Stanley H. II (Kathy) and Jim (Stephanie); daughters Ellen Hunter (Bob), Judy, Angel Brewer (Bill), and Regina Lovelace (William); daughter-in-law Leticia Pickering; grandchildren Natalie Pickering, Patrick Pickering, Thomas Pickering, Stanley H. Pickering III, Clancy Clementi (Craig), Rob Hunter, Caroline Hunter, Stan Pickering Hunter, Jim Hunter, Leticia Marie Natour (Joey), Frank Pickering Jr. (Jenny), John Pickering, Will Brewer (Becca), William Edward Lovelace, Suzanna Pickering, Walter Pickering;and great-grandchildren Gigi and Sadie Clementi, Penelope Claire Brewer, and Frank Pickering III.
Donations in Mr. Pickering’s memory can be made to St. Joseph School, 1810 Howard Dr., Knoxville, TN 37918, or the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard, P.O. Box 22802, Knoxville, TN 37933.