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James Pruett

August 16, 1950March 14, 2020

Detective Lieutenant James Earl Pruett "Flash", 69, of Morganton, NC passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Carolina Caring Hospice. "Flash" was born to the late Lester Pruett and Annie Queen Pruett on August 16, 1950 in Cleveland Co. North Carolina but resided in his beloved state of Utah for the past 14 years.

"Flash" graduated from Lees-McRae college with a BS in criminal justice. He devoted many years of his life to serving Burke County through his love and dedication of his job with the Burke County Sheriff's Department, he was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed taking his family on many adventures across the country every summer. His main joy was his family, and his love of outdoors, hiking, atving, rving, and camping.

Along with his parents James was preceded in death by his sister; Ruth Matthews and beloved companion Paiute the border collie.

Those left to cherish "Flash" memories are his wife of 39 years Rhonda Fender Pruett, children; Amanda Pruett Smart (Harold), Joshua James Pruett (Amy), Ellie Pruett Tipton, and 4 grandchildren, siblings; Lee Roy Pruett, Mark Pruett, Carl Pruett, Pat Heavner, and Bettie Braswell.

A celebration of "Flash" life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carolina Caring Hospice of Newton, NC, Parkinson's Foundation, or Wildland Firefighter Foundation.


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Jason Daniels

March 20, 2020

Lieutenant you inspired me so much at BCSO and motivated me to complete my education. I have very fond memories of our time together. You inherited a young group of detectives in 1998 as I remember you referred to us as the “Young Guns”. We learned a lot from you Flash and you will always be remembered.

Rest In Peace my friend.

Jay Landers

March 17, 2020

I worked with Flash for several years at the Burke County Sheriff Department. He was a great supervisor, co-worker and friend who taught me a lot to help me throughout my career. I miss the times he and I would sneak off to Hickory to have lunch at the Establishment, have one of their delicious chicken salad sandwiches and a mug of beer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will truly be missed, but I receive comfort knowing he is no longer struggling with Parkinson's and he is in a better place hiking in heaven.