HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — An aviation pioneer in the Wiregrass was laid to rest” at the Hartford City Cemetery on Monday.

Woodrow “Buck” Williams of Hartford was 89 when he died last week after a short illness. Friends and family knew him as simply “Buck.”

For his lifelong passion for flying, the federal aviation administration had awarded him the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award for 50 years of aviation.

He had also been the Geneva Municipal Airport Manager for half a century and taught thousands of people how to fly dating back to the 1960s.

Buck was a veteran and had “retired” from the National guard.