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Adm Ben Brown Pickett
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Birth: Jul. 21, 1915
Pocahontas
Randolph County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 2000
James City County
Virginia, USA

Rear Admiral Ben Brown Pickett, United States Navy (retired) died suddenly but peacefully Oct. 24, 2000 in Williamsburg Community Hospital after a brief illness. He was 85. Admiral Pickett was born and raised in Pocahontas, Arkansas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1938, pursued a distinguished 33-year naval career (including nearly three years of at-sea action in the Pacific during World War II) and retired in 1972 to Gloucester, Virginia, where he and his wife of fifty years, Katherine Dimmock Lewis (who died in 1992), were active in community affairs. In 1993 Admiral Pickett married Elizabeth Vanuxem Maynard Taylor, widow of H. D. Kinsey Spotswood of Gloucester; she died suddenly in 1994. He is survived by his wife, the widow of Wesley C. Morck, Sr., Virginia King Beathard, a resident of Williamsburg; by his son, Ludwell Lewis Pickett and daughter-in-law, Martha Kurtz Pickett of Gloucester; by a sister Mary Pickett Knauth; and by several nieces, nephews, and stepchildren. In 1939 Admiral Pickett was assigned to the USS St. Louis, a light cruiser being built at Newport News Shipbuilding. On USS St. Louis he witnessed the entire action at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack in 1941. Also on St. Louis and later on the gun cruiser Vincennes he participated in at least five major Pacific battles including the Marshall and Gilbert Islands raid, bombardment of Attu Island in the Aleutians, and two night actions in the Central Solomons. In the course of career he earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. He was Commanding Officer of the destroyers USS Winslow and USS Gyatt, Executive Officer of the cruiser USS Northampton, and Commanding Officer of the cruiser, USS Albany, the first Navy ship to be equipped entirely with missiles. At the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland, he worked on fuse design with J. V. Atanasov, inventor of the personal computer. He was Commanding Officer of the Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virginia, the year before his promotion to Rear Admiral. Promoted, he commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Twelve and, later, Flotilla Four in Norfolk, Virginia. He closed his naval career on assignments to the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet and the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. While on active duty, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, a gold star in lieu of a second one, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, and various World War II area campaign and service medals. In retirement, he served on the Gloucester County Wetlands Board for four years, as president of the Trustees of Ware Academy for twelve, and as a trustee of the Long Bridge Ordinary Foundation. He was also a trustee of the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill, Virginia, and a direct descendant of Patrick Henry. For many years, he was an active gardener in Gloucester and later served on the Grounds Committee of the Residents' Association at Williamsburg Landing (to which he moved in 1995). (See also -
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~randolph/p-q-obits/pickett-ben.html)

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2000, at Abingdon Episcopal Church, Gloucester, Virginia. There was a reception in the parish house following the service. Burial was private. Arrangements are by Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point, Virginia.
The family is not present at home and asks that in lieu of flowers a contribution in memory of Admiral Pickett might be made to the Endowment Fund at Ware Academy, P. O. Box 280, Gloucester, Virginia 23061. Submitted by Edith C Poindexter, Curator, Red Hill-Patrick Henry National Memorial, 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal, Va., 24528
(Ref: The Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, November 2, 2000, Page 8A) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Katherine Dimmock Lewis Pickett (1920 - 1992)*
 
 Children:
  Courtney Norton Pickett McLaughlin (1949 - 1974)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
SON OF
LEDWELL RECTOR PICKETT
AND
SALLIE (CRENSHAW) MILLER
HUSBAND OF
KATHERINE DIMMOCK LEWIS
 
Burial:
Abingdon Episcopal Church Cemetery
White Marsh
Gloucester County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Thomas
Record added: Feb 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105687516
Adm Ben Brown Pickett
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Adm Ben Brown Pickett
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Adm Ben Brown Pickett
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