Carol Aubry Pickering, age 81, of Grant City, Missouri died at his home in Grant City, surrounded by his family on January 21, 2021.
Carol was born September 19, 1939 at the family home in Worth, Missouri. He was the son of Emery Carol and Ethel Lucille (Holmes) Pickering. He was the oldest child, followed by brothers Gary, Charlie, and Boyd.
Carol graduated from Grant City High School in 1957 after attending Worth Missouri School and Country School. After high school he served his country as a member of the Army National Guard from 1960-1966.
Carol married Beverly Ann Goff on September 17, 1961. To this union three children were born, Cynthia Ann, Douglas Sterling, and Amy Jo. Carol and Beverly moved to Princeton, Missouri shortly after they were married where he worked for House and Simms. A few years later they moved to the family farm in Worth County, Missouri where they lived until Beverly’s death in 1984. Carol was a lifelong farmer, enjoying all that it involved, livestock, row crops, haying, and anything else that needed done.
Carol met Karyn (McCafferty) in 1984, with the help of their daughters, and they were married on August 3, 1985. With this union Carol gained two daughters, Julie Ann and Ellen Lee and they moved to their home in Grant City.
Carol was very active in the community when his health permitted. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Grant City, where he served as chairman of the church board. He was a charter member of the Northwest Missouri State Tractor Pulling Association. He had served as past president of Worth County Farm Bureau, former member of both the Worth County Young Farmers and the Jay Cees. He and Karyn will also be remembered for the 19 years they sold fireworks at the family’s Westside Firework Stand. His favorite hobbies included mowing, tractor pulling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Karyn could always be seen in the stands cheering them on, no matter what the event.
Carol was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Beverly, his second wife Karyn in 2016, two daughters, Cindy Pickering-Noble and Julie Hanson, three brothers, Gary, Boyd and Charles Pickering.
His survivors include three children, Doug (Barb) Pickering, Grant City, Amy (Greg) Mobley, Maloy, Iowa, Ellen (Chad) Lance, Marshall, Missouri and son-in-law Don Noble, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, 14 grandchildren, Justin (Charlotte) Green, Kelli-Jo (Travis) Wiederholt, Lacie Groom, Mckenzie Benson, Nikolas (Lacee) Pickering, Bradley (Kendra) Pickering, Jodi (Brett) England, Kelsey (Dale) Swartz, Dillon (Bailey) Drake, Madison Mobley (fiancé Joshua Sickels), Emma Mobley, Gracie Mobley, Jace Finley-Lance, and Jada Rae Finley-Lance, 16 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Linda Pickering, Bonnie Taylor and Susan Hauser, brother-in-law Kelly (Julie) McCafferty and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A private family funeral service will be held Monday, January 25, at 2pm, at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City. The service will be live-streamed for those desiring to attend.
Family visitation will be held Sunday, January 24, from 2-4pm at the funeral home. Facial covering and social distancing are recommended.
Per Carol’s request his body will be cremated following the services. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Honey Grove Cemetery, Grant City.
Memorials: United Methodist Church, Grant City.