April 22, 1940 – June 8, 2019
Mrs. Sula Pruitt, age 79 of China Grove passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis after a brief illness surrounded by her loving family. Sula Echols Pruitt was born April 22, 1940 in Forsyth County, GA to the late Major Cliff Echols and Juanita Barrett Echols. Her daughter, Lisa Pruitt Thompson, also preceded her in death.
As a toddler, she was strickened by polio and endured numerous surgeries through her teen years. She was educated in Cumming, GA and graduated from Forsyth County High School. She attended West Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1962 with a BS degree in Home Economics whereupon she studied at Vanderbilt University to receive her accreditation as a Registered Dietitian in 1963. That same year, she married Donald Ivan Pruitt of Cumming, GA and they relocated to Woodbury, NJ where she served as a RD at West Jersey Hospital. After moving to Salisbury, NC in 1968 she eventually served as a RD at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital for 31 years. During that period, Sula held office in two NC dietetic and nutrition service organizations.
Sula, in her spare time, enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting and various other crafts. At one time, she and Donald enjoyed square dancing with the Kannoneers Square Dance Group. She was known as “Nana” to her grandchildren and she looked forward to going to visit the beach with her family. After retiring, she and Donald enjoyed traveling. Sula was always active in her church especially in various women’s groups as well as mission groups. She and Donald were avid Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Brave fans.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Donald Ivan Pruitt of the home, her son, Kevin Eric Pruitt and wife, Jamie. She also leaves behind her brother, Michael Echols (Linda) and her sister, Donna Echols Eberhart (Don); grandchildren Sarah Pruitt Shore (Brett), Zachary Steele Pruitt (fiance’ Kenzi Bennick), Cahley Abygael Thompson, Hannah Alexys Thompson, and Barrett Allen Thompson and one great-grandchild, Blaine Michael Shore. She also is survived by her son in-law, Brad Thompson. In memory of her daughter, Lisa…to family and friends, Nana would have asserted the Dr. Seuss quote, “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened”.
Visitation for Mrs. Pruitt will be on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 1:00-2:00pm in the Family Life Center at First Reformed Church in Landis. Memorial Service will follow in the sanctuary at 2:00pm officiated by Rev. David Franks. Private inurnment will be held prior to the Memorial Service at West Lawn Mausoleum in China Grove. Following the service, the family will remain at the Church for anyone who like to visit with them at that time. Memorials in her memory are requested to her church, First Reformed Church, 210 N. Central Ave., Landis, NC 28088. The family would like to thank the nurses for the wonderful care Sula received during her time at Tucker Hospice House.
- A Celebration of Life Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Memorial Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Private Inurnment Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Mike and Joyce Gregerson
June 16, 2019
Our deepest sympathy and prayers at this difficult time.
Doris Ann Jennings Vandergriff
June 10, 2019
High School Classmate and graduation class of 1958. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to Donald and the family.
June 10, 2019
Donald, thinking of you and your family