William A. "Bill" Pruitt

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William A. Bill Pruitt LUBBOCK-William A. Bill Pruitt of Lubbock, Texas, was born in Little River, Texas, on July 6, 1930, to Lewis and Mary Jo Pruitt. He passed on Aug. 1, 2012, at the age of 82. Bill was a veteran of WWII, where he served as a paratrooper in the Army. Bill met his loving wife, then, Cleon Brantley, while working for the Farmers CO-OP Compress, where she was also employed. They were married in Idalou, Texas, on Dec. 1, 1978, and stayed together for 34 glorious years. Bill retired from Farmers Compress after more than 25 years. Bill was an active member of the Wayne Ave. Baptist Church in Lubbock. Bill loved to travel in his RV, loved horses, and enjoyed collecting guns, fishing and hunting. He is remembered by his family as a very loving husband and father. A note was found written in Bill's own hand, I am very proud of all of my children. Bill is survived by his wife, Cleon Brantley Pruitt; daughters, Peggy Ellis of Belton, Texas, and Brenda Findley and Paula Black, both of Lubbock, Texas; son, Steven Bill Pruitt of Alabama; brother, Clarence Pruitt; sister, Jessie Moran; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Lisenbe, and sister, Marie Hyde. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, with funeral services to begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in the Franklin-Bartley Chapel with Pastor Terry Kirkpatrick officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wayne Ave. Baptist Church, 5505 Wayne Ave., Lubbock, TX 79414.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 5, 2012
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