Born and raised in Albertville, Ala., he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943 at the outbreak of World War II. He retired from the Air Force in 1971 as a chief master sergeant and in his later years became something of a celebrity, playing his accordion and singing at Southern festivals and attending events honoring the life and times of Hank Williams. Pee Wee contributed several artifacts from their time together to Hank Williams museums in Montgomery, Ala., Georgiana (Hank's Alabama birthplace) and Nashville.
The funeral service, with full military honors, will be conducted today (Jan. 19) at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.