Phillip E. Prior, M.D.
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Stoutsville: Phillip E. Prior, M.D. age 59, of Stoutsville, died March 26th at the Pickering House. Phil was born to Harold D.and Thelma Lee Prior in Plainfield, NJ, on November 27th, 1953. Phil was passionate about many things in addition to his family: hunting, fishing, his farm, his dogs, amateur rocketry (for many years he held the amateur rocketry world altitude record) and alcohol and drug abuse and rehabilitation. He was on the Board of Directors of Tripoli Rocketry Association and a nationally recognized expert in opiate addiction and abuse of prescription drugs. He was a key consultant to the State of Ohio on addiction and other issues in addition to serving as an Addictionologist for the Veterans Administration. In recognition of his service, the State of Ohio is naming a new treatment and rehabilitation center in Jackson, Ohio after him.
Phil was survived by his wife, Tammy Prior; sons, Daniel (Liz) Fahy, David S. Prior; daughter, Carol E. Prior; step-children, Brooke (Josh) Frank, Madison Houseworth; grandchildren, Caroline and Allison Fahy; step-grandchild, Averie Frank; siblings, Carol P. Eastin, Gary L. (Nancy) Prior, H. David (Jean) Prior, and Martha P. Ryan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Caring Cremation® has taken place through the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home, 405 N Columbus st. Lancaster, 43130, on Saturday, at 2PM, officiated by Pastor Larry Horn. Family and friends may call 2 hours prior to the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Phillip Prior Fund, c/o Health Recovery Services, Inc., 224 Columbus Road, Athens, OH 45701 or to the Pickering House 282 Sells Rd. Lancaster Ohio 43130. Online condolences can be made at www.funeralhome.com.
Frank E. Smith Funeral Home
405 North Columbus Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Mar. 29, 2013