Last Runs and Honor Rolls
Roger Pearson retires from Division 190
Brother Roger Pearson of BLET Division 190 (Huntington, W.Va.) made his last run on July 30, 2005, as a locomotive engineer on a road switcher in the Peach Creek (West Virginia) Coal Fields.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Brother Pearson began his railroad career as a fireman on the C&O Railroad in Peach Creek on August 12, 1969. He joined the BLE on December 1, 1969, and earned promotion to of locomotive engineer on May 19, 1975. During his time as a member of the Brotherhood, he served as Local Chairman of Division 190.
He served four years in the United States Air Force/SAC in the U.S. and Viet Nam.
Brother Pearson and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, Derrick and Cory; one daughter, Nichol; and one grandchild. During his retirement, Brother Pearson plans to "lay back" and spend time with his family. He also enjoys horseback riding.
The Pearsons live at: 62 Bills Branch, Logan, WVa. 25601.
Evans heads south to enjoy retirement
Brother Paul F. Evans, right, of BLET Division 421, with his conductor, Keith Schaefer, during Evans' last run on January 13, 2006.
Brother Paul F. Evans of BLET Division 421 (Buffalo, N.Y.) made his last run on CSX engine No. 7928 from Buffalo to Willard, Ohio on January 13, 2006.
Brother Evans began his railroad career as a mail handler on the New York Central in August 1964. He went into engine service on February 14, 1965 and earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1976. He served in the U.S. army from 1966-1968 and joined the BLE on December 1, 1978.
Due to mergers and acquisitions over the years, Brother Evans worked for the New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail and finally CSX.
During his retirement, Brother Evans plans to spend his winters fishing in South Padre Island, Texas.
"I'm glad to be leaving the current dark ages of Tony Ingram and CSX," Brother Evans said.
Brother Evans may be contacted by friends at: 7070 Derby Road., Derby, N.Y. 14047.
Brother Pitcher retires from Amtrak after 32-year rail career
Brother James G. Pitcher made his last run on July 7, 2006 on Amtrak Train No. Six, operating from Grand Junction, Colo., to Denver.
Brother Pitcher began his railroad career as a laborer in the Water Service Department of Union Pacific Railroad in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 11, 1974. Brother Pitcher transferred to the Bridge and Buildings department in 1975, and transferred into train service in 1977. He established an engineer promotion date on February 11, 1978. He subsequently accepted a position as a "prior right" passenger fireman with Amtrak on August 17, 1978. Brother Pitcher joined the BLET on March 1, 1978. He relocated to Denver in 1990.
Brother Pitcher lives in Grand Junction and plans to golf, fish and travel during his retirement.
"The entire Amtrak General Committee of Adjustment would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brother Pitcher on his 32 plus years in the railroad industry," said Craig McDowell, BLET Vice General Chairman-Amtrak. "We wish Brother Pitcher a long and healthy retirement."
Friends may send congratulations to Brother Pitcher at: 2494 Interlochen Court, Grand Junction, Colo. 81505.
Division 365's Morton marks 41 years
Brother Joseph H. Morton of BLET Division 365 (Louisville, Ky.) celebrated 41 years of BLE/BLET membership on July 12.
Brother Morton began his railroad career in 1942 on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as a steam fireman. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in September 1947 and joined the BLE in 1965. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years in the Pacific. Brother Morton made his last run in August 1984 on a fast freight between Louisville and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Brother Morton and his wife Ruth were married in January 1940. They have two children, Margaret and Valerie, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Brother Morton enjoys golf, cane making and writing. He has written a book, Fast Freight to DeCoursey, which was published by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Historical Society and also published several articles. He is a member of the Louisville Arts Club.
"I enjoyed my career immensely," Brother Morton said.
Friends may contact Brother Morton at: 2802 Del Rio Place, Louisville, Ky. 40220.
Division 781's Chitwood a member since 1965
Brother H.M. Chitwood of BLET Division 781 (Erwin, Tenn.) celebrated 42 years of BLE/BLET membership on March 1, 2007. Brother Chitwood will also celebrate his 92nd birthday on April 26.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Brother Chitwood began his railroad career in 1942 as a fireman on the Clinchfield Railroad. He was promoted to the position of locomotive engineer in 1948 and joined the BLE on March 1, 1965. Both Brother Chitwood's son-in-law, R.L. Edwards, and his grandson, M.S. Edwards, are members of BLET Division 781.
Brother Chitwood made his last run on June 26, 1977 between Elkhorn, Ky., and Erwin, Tenn.
Brother Chitwood and his late wife Margaret had five children, Patsy, Gary, Marsha Kay, Harvey and Mary Elaine; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Brother Chitwood enjoys bowling and small engine repair. He is a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner York Rite and Scottish Rite.
Friends can send their birthday greetings and congratulations to Brother Chitwood at: 416 Union Street, Erwin, Tenn. 37650.
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