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Claude Henry Widener, Jr.


Claude Henry Widener, Jr., 81, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Granville Medical Center.

Claude was born in Bristol, TN to the late Claude Henry Widener, Sr. and Audrey White. He was an Airline Pilot with Piedmont Airlines and later retired from US Air with over 40 years of service.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife; Jo Ann Farnum Widener, a daughter; Belynda Bubel (Scott) of Pompano Beach, Florida and a sister; Loretta Marshall (Bill) of Bristol, TN.

Memorial services will be private.


  • Colleen Fields Posted October 22, 2020 12:59 pm

    “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
    and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
    wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
    Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
    and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
    “Up, up the long delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
    where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
    and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

    Piedmont Silver Eagle Family

  • Greg Gibson Posted October 23, 2020 2:01 pm

    God speed “H” you were one of the best..

  • Cochise Posted October 23, 2020 3:19 pm

    Tail winds blue skies H. RIP

  • Tom Sutherland Posted October 24, 2020 1:18 am

    Ch, RIP Captain. Tom Sutherland Retired Piedmont Captain

  • Ronnie Vogler Posted October 24, 2020 8:30 pm


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