|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 2010|
John passed away at the age of 85 years in the Courtland Manor Home, Dover, Delaware after battling Alzheimer's for many years.
Son of John Ernest Pickett, Sr. and Winnie Ann (Bacon) Pickett.
Paternal Grandson of Jacob Dunlap Pickett & Eleanor Minerva (Smith) Pickett.
Maternal Grandson of William Bacon & Anna Savina (Whittich) Bacon.
Husband of Emma Virginia (Stout) Pickett. They were married August 26, 1946 at Saint Anne's Episcopal church in Lambertville, NJ.
Father of John Ernest Pickett, III and his wife Tammy, and Russell Stout Pickett and his wife Karen.
He attended all his schooling in New Hope, Pa. where he graduated from New Hope High School in 1942.
Jack then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on March 2, 1943 and went to basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He had entered World War II. He served as a corporal in the 5th Engineer Battalion, 5th Marine Division in the Pacific theater. His duty assignment was explosives.
During a practice exercise at Camp Tarawa in Hawaii he and another soldier set some live dynamite. When they tried to activate it ... nothing happened. The other soldier, figuring it was a dud, started out toward the dynamite. Jack called him to come back and he didn't. Jack then ran after him, grabbed him by the arm to pull him away from the danger, and at that moment it exploded. The other soldier lost his leg and Jack, luckily, only injured his hand. Jack had saved the soldier's life.
The other soldier may have also saved Jack's life since his unit, while he was in the hospital, was shipped out to the battle of Iwo Jima. It's a shame that they don't give purple hearts or medals for saving another soldier's life during practice exercises ... however Jack deserved one for sure! He was later released from the hospital and served as part of the occupation forces in Japan with the 2nd Marine Engineers, 2nd Marine Division.
After his marriage he and "Ginny" moved to Lancaster, PA so that Jack could attended Millersville State Teachers College in Millersville, PA. where he graduated with his Bachelors degree in Industrial Arts in 1949. Their first son John, III was born while they lived in Lancaster.
After his graduation from college he then moved to High Street in Odessa, Delaware due to obtaining a position as a teacher in Warner Junior High School in Wilmington, DE.
He later moved into a home, that for the most part, he built by himself on Cantwell Avenue, also in Odessa.
He was one of the founding members of the MOT Little League in Middletown, Delaware where he managed a team call the "Corvettes" for 10 years. During those ten years his team came in 1st place for 9 years and 2nd place the other year. One year he lead the MOT all-star team to within 2 games of the Little League World Series.
Jack taught shop at Warner until he became the Vice Principal of Brown Vo-Tech School also in Wilmington. In 1968 He received his Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Delaware. He became the principal of "Howard High School" in Wilmington, De. in 1978.
In addition to his exemplary record of service as a professional educator, John also served on the Appoquinimink School District's Board of Education for 19 years, 15 of which he served as President. He was President of the Delaware School Board Association in 1980.
Over the years he also worked part time at the Jewish Community Center, Men's Prison at Prices Corner, and at the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City, De. and was a member of the Lion's Club.
After his retirement he quickly became a noted carver of birds (see photo) with many of his carvings winning competitions.
I love you and miss you Daddy!
John Ernest Pickett (1897 - 1944)
Winnie Ann Bacon Pickett (1898 - 1983)
Emma Virginia Pickett (1925 - ____)*
Russell Stout Pickett (1951 - ____)*
Margaret Eunice Pickett Meyer (1921 - 2008)*
John Ernest Pickett (1924 - 2010)
Richard George Pickett (1926 - 2009)*
Old Drawyers Church Cemetery
New Castle County
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Jan 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 12912502