William Franklin Prior Jr.

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Dr. William Franklin
Prior, Jr.
AIKEN, SC - After a long and rewarding 88 years of life, Dr. William Franklin Prior, Jr. passed away peacefully on Monday, November 10, 2014 surrounded by his family.
He resided in Aiken, South Carolina, where he shared a beautiful life for 64 years with his wife, Betty Lou Baker Prior, and their five children, Linda Hunley (Sam) of Aiken; Judy Plott (David) of Annapolis, MD; Bill Prior (Claire) of Richmond, VA; Bruce Prior of Aiken; and Betty Newville (Ed) of Placitas, NM; ten grandchildren, Josh Skeen, Matt Hunley, Betty Gorinson, Michael Hunley, Cara Plott, Corey Boyer, Ford Prior, Morgan Prior, Jessie Newville, and Christine Newville; and two great-grandchildren, Amelia Boyer and Thaddeus Prior.
Frank Prior was born on October 27, 1926 in Dublin, Georgia, the son of the late William Franklin Prior and Jessie Wilkes Prior. He earned his medical degree from Emory University and became a decorated US Marine Corps officer in command of a medical field unit during the Korean War. He began his civilian medical practice of over 30 years in Graniteville, South Carolina, and served the Aiken County communities as a general practitioner, general surgeon, and anesthesiologist.
It brought him great joy to help others and to be of service to his community and country. He had an enduring passion for learning and sharing ideas about our world. He was cherished by his family and friends for his kindness, his vast intellect, his energetic nature, his originality, and his unforgettable spirit.
A celebration of Dr. Prior's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 28 at the Aiken Outing Club. A future interment service at Arlington National Cemetery is planned.
Memorials should be made to the ALS Association: http://www.alsa.org/donate
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Nov. 14, 2014
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