Rev. Kenneth Ray Pritt Sr. and Dorothy Pearl Pritt

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The Reverend Kenneth Pritt Sr., 86, of DeLand, Florida, formerly of Rand, West Virginia, has “moved up” to be with Jesus, the Lord and Savior of his life on July 5. He was born on November 18, 1933 to the late Densil and Dorothy Pritt. He died one day before his loving wife Dorothy (“Dot”). He was also preceded in death by their grandson, Kenneth R. “KR” Pritt III; and his brothers and sisters, Johnny, Ronnie, and Bert Pritt, Connie Pritt Ghee and Bonnie Pritt Massey. Kenneth is also survived by brothers, Keith Pritt and Hugh (Peggy) Pritt. He met his beautiful soul mate, Dot, in eighth grade at DuPont Jr. High School. They married on June 21, 1952 and celebrated their 68th anniversary recently. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves, was a member of the Rand Lions Club and was an avid DuPont Panther and WVU fan. His work ethic was unbeatable, working full-time, pastoring a church, and taking classes. He worked 39 years at Kroger Warehouse in Kanawha City, mainly operating a forklift truck. He was called by God into the Gospel Ministry and on April 28, 1968 was ordained at his home church Farrar Memorial Baptist in Rand. He pastored small local churches in the Kanawha Valley with his longest tenure of 18 years at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist. He enjoyed evening Bible classes offered by Appalachian Bible College at Bible Center Church. Many people accepted the Good News of Christ through his ministry. He was a man of highest integrity who had a charismatic personality that showed the unconditional love of Christ to all. No one could tell a story to his grandkids like Pawpaw, and it was always funny, no matter how many times he told it. He was a very giving, sacrificing man, and will be dearly missed.

Dorothy “Dot” Ballengee Pritt, 87, of DeLand, Florida, formerly of Rand, West Virginia, is now in heaven with Jesus, her Lord and Savior. She passed peacefully on July 6. Born April 19, 1933 in Clayton, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Daisy Ballengee. She was preceded in death by one day by her husband Kenneth, her sweetheart of 68 years. She was also preceded in death by their grandson, Kenneth Ray “KR” Pritt III. Dot is also survived by her sister, Carol Wilson (Ron) of Texas. While as a child attending a Union Mission tent revival, she trusted Jesus as her personal Savior and grew to trust, obey, and love Him more and more. She lived for God and her family and was gifted both with high intelligence and common sense. She could make a meager amount of money go a long way. She was an accomplished pianist who raised her children around the piano singing hymns and praising the Lord. Many times, she was the church pianist and continued playing piano up until her latter days. She was a great example of being a Pastor’s wife having a willing heart and hands to serve where needed. We will miss her unconditional sacrificial love, listening ear, encouraging words of wisdom and prayers.

Left to cherish their memories are their children; the Rev. Kenneth Pritt Jr. (Rita) of Florida, Vickie Skiles (Kevin) of Virginia, Cindy Bitzer (Rick) of West Virginia, Deanna Ferrell (Fred) of Florida; 10 Grandchildren: Kendra Zurowski (Rev. Matt) of Florida, Kandace Stover (Johnny) of West Virginia, Karel Stover (Jeremy) of Florida, Joshua Skiles (Maria fiancé) of Virginia, Zachary Skiles of Virginia, Doug Bitzer (Courtney) of North Carolina, Lorrie Reustle (Phillip) of South Carolina, Dustin Ferrell (Erin) of Michigan, Jonathan Ferrell (Meredith) of North Carolina, and Halley Ferrell (Chelsie) of Florida; their 17 Great- grandchildren, and their many nieces and nephews.


  • Rev. Kenneth Pritt Jr. (Rita), Son
  • Vickie Skiles (Kevin), Daughter
  • Cindy Bitzer (Rick), Daughter
  • Deanna Ferrell (Fred), Daughter
  • Kendra Zurowski (Rev. Matt Zurowski), Grandchild
  • Kandace Stover (Johnny Stover), Grandchild
  • Karel Stover (Jeremy Stover), Grandchild
  • Joshua Skiles (Maria, fiancee'), Grandchild
  • Zachary Skiles, Grandchild
  • Doug Bitzer (Courtney), Grandchild
  • Lorrie Reustle (Phillip Reustle), Grandchild
  • Dustin Ferrell (Erin), Grandchild
  • Jonathan Ferrell (Meredith), Grandchild
  • Halley Ferrell (Chelsie), Grandchild
  • Kenneth R. "KR" Pritt III, Grandchild (deceased)
  • 17, Great-grandchildren
  • Also surviving are Kenneth's brothers, Keith and Hugh (Peggy) Pritt; and Dot is survived by her sister, Carol (Ron) Wilson; and their many nieces andnephews.
    Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Denzil and Dorothy Sparks Pritt; brothers, Johnny, Ronnie and Bert Pritt; and sisters, Connie Pritt Ghee and Bonnie Pritt Massey.
    Dorothy "Dot" was preceded in death by her parents, George and Daisy Aliff Ballengee.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Rev. Kenneth Ray Pritt Sr. and Dorothy Pearl Pritt

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Bill Hudnall

August 9, 2020

Deanna, Fred & Family,

Just hearing about your incredible loss. My Mom, Jean, and I remember your parents well. We trust that God will guide you through this sad time and that the wonderful memories will overtake your grief.

-- Bill Hudnall, Orlando FL
-- Jean Hudnall, Oviedo FL

Cathy Moles

July 13, 2020

On behalf of Sandy Grove Baptist Church, our sincere condolences on the loss of your mom and dad. Another soldier has laid down his armor and gone home. We have such wonderful memories of your parents in the years they pastored our church. Love and prayers from the members of Sandy Grove.

Patti and Denny Dodson

July 13, 2020

Our memory of Kenneth and Dottie is that of a loving couple who demonstrated their love for each other as well as a Christian faith that exemplified their love of Jesus Christ. We remember the family get-to-gethers with Kenneth's saying grace and his and Dottie's good conversation. We remember and our girls remember the Christmas dinner in which Kenneth and Dottie held the girls and had the calming effect on them as if they were their own. We remember Kenneth and Dottie's kindness and their smiles, and their genuine caring for others. Because of health situations we are missing the services, but our thoughts and prayers are with you as the family celebrates the lives of two disciples of faith. May the blessings of God be with you and may you find the peace of the Spirit of our Lord always.

Jim DeLong

July 11, 2020

Have known Ken and Dottie for 3 years as neighbors and friends. My wife Noel and I fell in love with them from day one. They leave a legacy of a wonderful family. We miss them a lot, but will see them someday. The pictures bring much reality to the many stories they shared. We are praying for the family.

Cathy Klingensmith

July 11, 2020

Uncle Kenneth was such a loving, happy man. He was so jovial, always smiling. Our worldly loss was heavens gain. Sincere condolences to his family. One day we will all be together again. Love to all

Tim Martin

July 10, 2020

Wonderful couple great friends. Brother Kenny preached the charge at my ordination and was a mentor to many younger preachers. Loved them both. Condolences to the family.

Jeffrey Lanham

July 9, 2020

Growing up until the age of around 20 just down the street from Kenny and Dot is a very pleasant memory.
Always kind and friendly to all and when Joanna and I got married Kenny was the first person that came to mind to perform our ceremony, and that he did.
May the Lord be with the ones left behind as he is the ones who have went before them.

Colleen Buckner Fields

July 9, 2020

This is a double heartbreak:-( I am really just in shock.. Of course if I lived next to Dotty I lived next to Kenny. What a true leader his was with such a zest for life..Every time they travelled thru Charlotte Airport he would find me . Always a big ole hug. He loved his kids..
May Angels be with you during this time when there are no words.

The world has lost two beautiful people

Ron Fisher

July 9, 2020

I have several good memories of Kenney & Dot from working with him at Kroger Warehouse and worshipping with them and their family at their home church in Rand.
His coworkers will always remember his friendliness and Christian witness. He always encouraged men who were called to preach, and I held my first revival when he pastored at Campbell’s Creek as well as preached homecoming service at Sandy Grove Baptist Church.

Jeff Youell

July 9, 2020

Camping trips, youth group, church choir, whiffle ball games at the house... and always a genuine, excited love for Jesus... So many wonderful memories with Ken and Dottie and the whole family. All of us are better for having them in our lives. Thanks to the Lord.