Joseph Edward Pritchard
October 20, 1946 – March 24, 2019
Joseph Edward Pritchard was born in Clarksburg, WV on October 20, 1946 and moved to Columbia, TN in 1957. He graduated from Columbia Central High School, where he was in the marching band, played the coronet, and was in a smaller group that won awards for their music. He attended Tennessee Tech and was in the ROTC. He subsequently went in the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. While in the Army, he became a 1st Lieutenant and served in Okinawa. When he returned from active duty, he continued working for the Corp of Engineers until October 2017.
In 1985, Joe went to work as a computer lab assistant and worked there part time until 2006. Joe’s parents were Roy and Olive Pritchard from Tennessee and he had a brother David Pritchard and wife Mary.
Joe is survived by his wife, Robbie Waite Pritchard and they married on April 13, 1980. They became members of the Arlington Garden Club and were very active. Joe loved cooking for the meetings and on holidays, bringing his famous “pea salad” that everyone appreciated.
He also joined the Texas Gourd Society and even though he did not do gourds, he was active in all phases in the club, including president. He worked tirelessly doing every job that he could so TGS would have successful annual festivals.
Joe will be missed by everyone that he contacted and helped. He loved helping others. A celebration of Joe’s life will be at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 31 at the Fielder House Museum. In honor of Joe and his cat Stormy, contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
- Memorial Service Sunday, March 31, 2019