John "Butch" Pryor
April 24, 1941 – June 29, 2020
On Monday, June 29th 2020, at home with family, our father John Robert “Butch” Pryor surrendered to his heavenly father’s will.
Butch was born in Washington, DC. April 24th 1941. He was welcomed into this world as the second child of 5 children born to Frederick Wilson Pryor and Loretta Conway. Both of which preceded him in death. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, he attended Phelps High School and Kelly Miller Middle School where he received an award for his third love, Baseball, playing for Kelly Miller League 1959-1960. He went on to play for the Tri State Baseball League, All Star team “The Pioneers” 1963. He loved basketball, shooting Pool, watching football and playing cards, but his second love was Duckpin Bowling. Butch made history numerous times with his superb bowling skills. His most memorable achievement was written about in the article “Fouls can’t stop history” in the national newspaper. Butch rolled the first 500 duckpin set in the 30 year history of Greenway Bowling Center, the only commercial bowling center at that time located in the Washington DC city limits. Butch was unanimously inducted into the National Duckpin Bowling Conference (NDBC), Duckpin Hall of Fame on June 9th 2020.
Butch married his first love Sonya Brenda Braxton February 4th 1961. Of that union they were blessed with four children La’Jon J. Pryor, Robert F. Pryor, Sonya B. Pryor and Darrin C. Pryor. To support his growing family Butch started working for Government of the District of Columbia, General Services Division in 1958 where he did painting and drywall (some would say he majored in falling off the scaffolding). Butch retired in 1994 after 36 years of government service.
His memory will be forever cherished by his wife: Sonya Pryor (affectionately known as “So”); four (4) children: La’Jon J. Pryor (wife Ketina); Robert F. Pryor (wife Angie); Sonya B. Pryor; Darrin C. Pryor Sr.; seven (7) grandchildren: Kiana N. Handy (husband Jonathan); La’Jon M. Pryor (wife Ebony); Alexis B. Chin; Stephanie M. Pryor (betrothed Carlos); Sateia Watson-Rhone (husband Donald Jr.); Darrin C. Pryor Jr.; Dalonte C. Pryor; seventeen (17) great-grandchildren: Auzsa Pryor, Avery Pryor, Ayana Handy, Azari Handy, Aniya Pryor, Ty’Jon Pryor, Ariana Pryor, Alanah Pryor, La’Jon M. Pryor Jr., Akiyrah Pryor, Adonis Pryor, Cameron Plummer, Makenzie Watson, Aliana Watts, Joziah Rhone, Jenisys Rhone, Jianni Rhone; four (4) brothers and sisters: Nettie L. Hill; Aundrea M. Lonon-Rice (Maxine); Janice M. Scarborough; Edward C. Pryor and a host of other relatives and friends who loved him dearly.
John "Butch" Pryor
July 9, 2020
I had the pleasure of bowling with Butch at Suitland Bowl for several seasons. Butch was the best bowling partner I ever had. Not only was he a great duckpin bowler, he was extremely level headed in a game that can frustrate even the best. As such, he was the perfect mentor for many up and coming bowlers and was most unselfish when it came to helping bowlers with their game, helping houses with their leagues and making people feel better about themselves. One memory comes to mind. Butch once bowled well over 500 and we lost all four. Our other bowler and myself bowled so bad. When we were done, I apologized for bowling so poorly. Butch said, "Did you try to bowl bad?" I said no. He then said, "Well, why are you apologizing. Some nights you hold me up." I went home feeling much better than I thought I would. Butch always knew what to say to make people feel better. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
July 8, 2020
My condolences to the Pryor family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
I met Butch when I was a child bowling at Greenway Bowl with my cousins Caprice and Catrina. Butch was my cousin Catrina's bowling mentor and mine also. He also bowled with my grandmother back in the day. Oh, so many memories that I will cherish forever. He called me the (black widow) because I always wear black (this memory makes me laugh every time).
Butch will be forever missed but the memories will never be forgotten.
Kim and Vanessa Allen
July 7, 2020
Our Love and Prayers to the entire Family. Butch will be so very missed. May God Bless you all at this time. One day...the memories wont bring tears, but will bring smiles. God Bless you and much Love.
Kim and Vanessa
July 6, 2020
Bowling is where Butch and I met and he will truly be missed. My prayers are with Mrs. Pryor and family. May God keep his arms around the family to hold up and to guide.
July 6, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Butch was a blessing to me and my husband! We will miss him dearly!
July 6, 2020
My prayers and thoughts are with your family in this difficult time. Butch will truly be missed. God Bless!!