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Donald Ralph Pruitt

January 4, 1936July 28, 2020


Hickory- Donald Ralph Pruitt, 84, of Hickory went home to be with the Lord on July 28, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Born on January 4, 1936 in Catawba County, Donald was the son of the late Marvin Plato and Minnie Blackwood Pruitt.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Emma Jean Smith Pruitt; 2 sisters, Margie Causby and Violet Stine and a brother, Everett Pruitt.

Survivors include, a son, Donald M. Pruitt; 3 daughters, Phyllis (Scott) Hartsell, Pam (Mike) Annas, Sherry (Keith) Proctor; 8 grandchildren, Adam Pruitt, Emily (Stephen) White, Craig (Jen) Pruitt, Ryan Proctor and Heather Starkey, Natalie Proctor and Chris Holmes and Nicholas Proctor; 3 precious great-granddaughters, Alice White, Josephine Pruitt and Eliza White.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Catawba Memorial Park at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Pruitt family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.


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  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, August 2, 2020


Donald Ralph Pruitt

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Tommy Cochran

August 1, 2020

Don Pruitt was one of the best men I have ever known. His word was his bond and his caring for others exemplified his deep understanding of Christ's teachings. Don's character set an example that all of us should strive for. I am blessed to have known him and to have been influenced by Don and Jean as well.

Kerry Thompson

August 1, 2020

Dear Sherry and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss! You are in my prayers! I pray for comfort during this very difficult time.
Kerry Thompson

Joyce & Kevin Durben

July 31, 2020

May The Memories Of Your Father Provide Comfort,
And Bring A Smile On Your Face. He Will Be Sincerely
Missed By All.

Sarah Caudill

July 31, 2020

My family and I are praying for comfort for all of you! I hope you all feel surrounded by love and God's blessings during this time!

Quilla Mayo

July 31, 2020

It was so much fun being with Don always making you laugh. It was like everyone you met were your best friend. You were like that from the first time I met you and Jean way back in the late 50’s. I love you both and then love you children as my own. Prayers for all we are here for you, anytime!🙏❤️

Brenda Ipock

July 31, 2020

James and I loved Don and always enjoyed talking with him. He was an excellent craftsman and made beautiful things for people to enjoy. We bought a beautiful Christmas yard sign the last time we visited him. It will be especially meaningful when we use it this Christmas. I will also think of him each time I use the table that sits beside my chair that he made. Our love and condolences go out to his wonderful family. We love you and hope to see you soon.

Patricia Sellers

July 31, 2020

My deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers for each of you for strength at this time. May God bless you and keep you. Love, Pat Sellers and family

Phyllis Hartsell

July 30, 2020

To my Dad - I love you with all my heart and will miss you very much - we've had some really great times together and those memories will stay with me until we meet again
I LOVE YOU !!!!!


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