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John Earl Pritchard Sr.

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John Earl Pritchard, Sr.

Bay St. Louis, MS

John Earl (Jack) Pritchard, 91, died February 11, 2014. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Oak Park, IL. He graduated from high school at St John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. Jack chose Tulane over Dartmouth to escape the harsh northern winters. At Tulane he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and ROTC. After graduating, Jack entered the Navy as an officer and captained a sub chaser in the Atlantic. While on shore leave in Miami he met the love of his life, Sara Elizabeth Brinson, his beautiful wife for almost 60 years. After the war he worked in outdoor advertising and started his family in Newburgh, Ind. They then moved to Atlanta where Jack took the position of Executive VP of Turner Outdoor Advertising. While there he mentored a young Ted Turner. In 1963 Jack and family moved to the Pass where he was a member of the PCYC and the PCI golf club. At the golf club he was known as 'Gentleman Jack' and was one of the original members of the Dirty Dozen. Jack was proud of his two holes-in-one on Number 7 hole and the fact that he could shoot his age. He was also a member of the Ambassadors' Tennis Club where they 'let their racquets do the talking'. Jack was an easygoing and gentle soul who was usually seen around town wearing an old blue pork pie hat. He loved animals, especially cats and fast horses. He often referred to himself as 'Practical Dan' for his complete ineptitude with all things mechanical. Jack provided a charmed life for his family and will always be remembered fondly.

He was preceded in death by his parents C Earl and Catherine Tucker Pritchard and his wife Sara Elizabeth (Liz). He is survived by his three sons, Jack Jr., William (Cheryl), and Thomas (Karen); five grandchildren, Kate, Ivy, Billy Jr (Crystal), Charlie, and Sarah (Chris) Dowdell; and three great grandchildren, Rhys, June, and Maddie. The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent care that Jack received at Dunbar Village, especially recognizing Linda and Tina who helped him maintain dignity in his declining years.

We also thank Hospice Compassus. A memorial service will be held at later date. Please, no flowers.

Edmond Fahey Funeral Home is in charge.


Published in The Sun Herald on Feb. 14, 2014
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