Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Richard "Buzz" Earl Pingley, 75, of Key West, Fla., passed peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2013. Buzz was born May 17, 1937, at Winchester Memorial Hospital in Winchester, Va., to Wade Herald and Martha "Virginia" Pingley. He grew up in Stephens City, Va., before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He proudly spent most of his life in construction until retirement.

Richard now joins the love of his life, Patty Louise Williams, his parents and his brothers Ralph, Douglas and Herald Lee.

Buzz was special; he had a unique way of entertaining those around him, mostly through singing. He wrote his own songs and gladly shared them with anyone who would listen. He rocked his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to sleep with his singing. When no one was around to listen, he sang to himself. His love of Westerns and the Washington Redskins kept him busy for hours. He taught his grandchildren the secrets of poker and rummy, sometimes even letting them win. He had a love of fishing and hunting "rabbitfish."

Buzz and Patty were best friends, keeping each other up late at night talking and laughing. They were loving, fun grandparents, always ready with snacks and sweet tea.

Buzz is survived by his daughter Cynthia "Cindie" Higgs and her husband Robert A. Higgs, II, of Key West; his daughter Beatrice "Bebe" Dragoo and her husband Jody of Texas; brother James "Jimmy" Pingley and his wife Betty of Whitacre, Va.; sisters Lela "Cherry" Dennis of St. Augustine, Fla., and Rosella Gloria of Winchester, Va.; granddaughter Taron A. Wirth and her husband Trevor of Big Pine Key, Fla.; grandson Robert A. Higgs, III, of Key West, Fla.; grandsons Joshua and Matthew Dragoo of Texas; and great-grandchildren Carter Patrick and Ava Jane of Big Pine Key. He is also survived by the many friends and family of Fifth Street Baptist Church in Key West, including Dave Parker and family along with Vaughn Sommers.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Key West. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests a small donation to your favorite charity placed in Richard's honor.

Grandpa, we love you.