Dr. John Phillip Pruitt
1954 - 2021
Pruitt, Dr. John Phillip

February 23, 1954 - April 2, 2021

Dr. John Phillip Pruitt, 67, died unexpectedly Friday, April 2, 2021. But more importantly he lived for 67 years with a fierce passion expressed through his faith, family, giving, and dentistry.

Dr. John Phillip Pruitt, aka "Papa Doc," was born February 23, 1954 to Thomas Pitts Pruitt and Josephine Poole Pruitt in Hickory, NC.

John attended Sewanee Military Academy, played several sports, and was quite the prankster in his younger years. John applied to 1 college and went on to graduate from Wake Forrest University, then attended UNC Chapel Hill Dental School from 1976 - 1980. Upon graduation from dental school, he moved to Winston-Salem to begin working with his dental mentor and partner, Dr. Charles Culbreath.

It was in Winston-Salem where he met his wife, Vicky Clark, and started a family with sons, Phillip and Michael.

He served in the US Army reserves for +10 years and was honorably discharged as a Major in 1992. He grew and expanded his dental practice to what is now known as "Winston Smiles," whom he considered his 2nd family. He recently celebrated his 40th year in dentistry, where he likely would have never fully retired because of his love for the profession.

He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and dental missionary through Calvary Baptist Church, Pinedale Christian Church, and Center Grove Church. His passion was to serve communities locally and all around the world with his dental gifts. He provided free dental clinics monthly in Winston-Salem, Veteran clinics around North Carolina, and provided care to over 50 locations around the globe for underprivileged communities.

He was a founder & pioneer for developing "Footbridge" which is a nonprofit organization that connects medical professionals with churches locally and globally to meet the physical and spiritual concerns of people in need.

Above all these accolades and accomplishments, John is best remembered for his relentless giving nature and high intensity in everything that he did.

Dr. Pruitt is survived by his wife, Vicky, his sons, Phillip & Michael, daughter-in-law, Megan Pruitt, granddaughter, Olive Mae Pruitt aka "Sugar-plum," and his 3 dogs. He is also survived by his mother Josephine Pruitt, brother Tommy Pruitt (Leanne), sister Rebecca Gammon (Bill), brother-in-law, Bruce Clark (Pam), and father-in-law, Curtis Clark.

It is impossible to measure the impact, love, passion, and faith of a man's life in a couple of paragraphs. His impact reaches wide and deep. Those who had the honor of calling him a friend, mentor, or family member have a piece of him to share with others and to pass on in their lives.

A celebration of life will be held for Dr. Pruitt Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church (Peacehaven Rd) at 1PM. A burial service will follow at 2:30PM at Forsyth Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John's memory to Footbridge PO Box 1716 Welcome, NC 27374, Calvary Baptist Church 134 S Peacehaven Rd Winston-Salem, NC 27104, and Center Grove Baptist Church 8750 Lasater Rd Clemmons, NC 27012.

There will be a viewing available on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 4pm – 7pm at the Hayworth-Miller Funeral Homes & Crematory Silas Creek Chapel. Also, there will be a 1 hour viewing prior to the Funeral ceremony at Calvary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com.

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Published by Winston-Salem Journal from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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Rest In Peace my friend, you are always be in our hearts, we love you brother.
Bakhit and Gulya Kourman
April 12, 2021
We want to express our deepest condolences to the family over the sad loss of John. He will be deeply missed by all that loved and knew him.
Bob and Dana Kitchens
April 11, 2021
I went to Oakwood Elementary and College park junior high with John. He was a very nice guy. He was always laughing and happy and a friend to everyone. I´m so sorry for your loss. I´m praying for his family`s comfort and peace.
MaryAnne Mauldin Howard
April 7, 2021
Dear Vicky and family- I did not know John extremely well but used to speak with him at dental society meetings etc. I think the biggest legacy he left was his faith in Christ. Through Him, John provided care, loved others and served his fellow man. No person could ask more of a fellow human being than that. Many were/are blessed by his presence while on earth and comforted now knowing that he is serving his father in Heaven. God bless you and keep you during this difficult time of sadness and loss My kindest regards Allen Samuelson DDS
Allen Samuelson
April 7, 2021
We are so saddened by your sudden loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Rick and Susan Wilson
April 7, 2021
Dr. Pruitt was so supportive as he cared for my husband and I with our dental needs. His kindness to me when my husband died will always be remembered. I will miss him.
Nancy Moore Murray
April 6, 2021
Dearest Vicky, Phillip Michael and all! I am so very sorry for the loss of Such a true disciple of our wonderful God. I am out of town until Sunday but please know you are and remain in my heart and prayers. I also pray for comfort and peace through God´s Amazing Grace. I love you so much!
Judy rumple
April 6, 2021
Vicky-- My Deepest Sympathy for You and Your Family.
Mildred Groseclose (Debra Lunsford's Sister)
April 5, 2021
The Bob Frazier Family
April 5, 2021
To Dr John Pruitt. You were my dental mentor. Thankyou for what turned into a 30 yr. Career.You were the best in every way. Had I not moved out of state I would hope I would have spent all of those years with his practice. To Vicky, Phillip,Micheal and little Olive Mae. Love and prayer for you all now and in the days to come.Allie
Alice Brendle Freeman
April 5, 2021
Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to all. Dr. Pruitt was my dentist for many years and I will never forget his wonderful and concerned care. Wishing nothing but comfort and strength. Rest in peace Dr. Pruitt.
Dare Tharpe
April 5, 2021
My prayers are with the Pruitt family and staff at Winston Smiles. Dr Pruitt left a large legacy and example of how to serve others. May the Lord comfort you greatly in the days ahead.
Bonitia ("Bo") Cleary
April 5, 2021
We always think of John with love. He was so wonderful when Brandon (now 35) was little and got hit in the mouth with the a pool ball. He left home, and took care of him. He was patient with boys and girls who came with ABRO in the summer even though they were awful patients with terrible teeth. He took care of them all. When he was preparing for or coming back from a mission trip he was always full of so much joy and excitement. He knew how to appreciate what we have in America. Even our poor have so much more than so many, he would say. He will be missed, remembered with love, and left a terrific legacy in our world and lives. We are so sorry for your loss
Chris and Tammy White
April 5, 2021
Martie Opperman
April 5, 2021
Psalm 56:8 New King James Version 8 You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? I will always remember the early morning coffee before patients giving Dr. P. His Reports, telling him how everything going in Insurance, etc. He was a great man with a beautiful heart will be miss!
Debbie Taylor
April 5, 2021