Jim Prichard

November 22, 1940December 31, 2018

Sharps Chapel, Tennessee – On the morning of Monday, December 31, 2018, James Edwin “Jim” Prichard passed away peacefully at his home. A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at The Hill Church, 1216 Cedar Fork Road, Tazewell, Tennessee, on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 12:00 noon. The family will receive friends for visitation at the Hill Church from 10:00 a.m. until the service hour on Saturday. Born Friday, November 22, 1940, in Knox County, Kentucky, Jim lived a life full of adventure. From a young age, he had a passion for exploring, learning, and gaining new experiences. He often spoke of his childhood, horseback riding in the Arizona desert, being a member of the Headhunters car club in high school, and driving across the country with his family. He graduated from West Phoenix High School. He went on to graduate from Arizona State University, where he was on the gymnastics and diving teams, as well as was an Arizona State Champion in trampolining. A man of many talents, Jim also had a passion for flying and photography – the two, he enjoyed combining. After returning to Knox County, Kentucky, Jim met the love of his life. On June 27, 1971, he married Lynn Sutton Prichard. His greatest joy was to care for her with an endless love, and he did until his very last moment. Together, they owned and operated Home Furniture Company and Creek Bank Photography in Barbourville, Kentucky. With a camera in hand, they preserved memories of families, old friends, new friends, and hometowns wherever they went for nearly 50 years. Jim and Lynn raised two sons, Kyle and Karl, in a home where adventure was encouraged, family came first, and love was always present. He was truly the foundation of the Prichard family. He was a godly man, and shared his love for God through his strength, free spirit, compassion, grace, and happiness. He was patriotic and always supportive. If Jim taught his family or friends anything, he taught them to love. He taught them to laugh, smile, and treasure time with one another. After retiring, he and Lynn settled at Norris Lake, and found home at the “Tennatucky,” where he would continue to spend countless mornings photographing fog over the water and evenings sipping merlot on the porch. Most of the time, he could be found on an orange lawn mower, mowing over ten acres with pure glee. Tracking the weather and lake levels were a part of his daily routine, and he’d say “the water has been the lowest I’ve ever seen it,” nearly every winter. Like his father, he taught many to ski, an abundant to swim, and cheered for the most brave to take a jump off the “high dive.” He liked all of his food extra crispy, and never turned down a bonfire. He believed kerosene would heal any injury and taught all his grandchildren to always have a properly stocked first aid kit. He enjoyed gatherings at the lake, and spent more time with the children than adults. Famously known as “Papa” by many, Jim always had a young heart. Jim found joy in the smallest things in the most beautiful way – a fire in the potbelly stove, a cardinal sighting, making popcorn for his little ones, and bringing a cup of coffee to his wife. Most of all, he cherished being surrounded by family and friends. Happiness would shine on his face and bring a smile that brightened the entire room. He leaves behind his loving wife, Lynn; sons, Kyle Prichard (Elora) and Karl Prichard (Amanda); sister, Dee White (Jim); beloved grandchildren, Lauren Kate Prichard, Rebecca Prichard, Kooper Prichard, Kameron Prichard, and Landon Johnson. He was also blessed with nieces, nephews, cousins, and many wonderful friends he loved so very dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Tye “Pop” and Florence Evans “Mu” Prichard; sister, Anita Prichard Vick; and beloved dog, Flower. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who laughed and shared a hug with Jim, and asks in his memory to continue his joy and love. Flowers are welcome, and expressions of sympathy may be made to The Hill Church Building Fund, 1216 Cedar Fork Road, Tazewell, Tennessee 37879.


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Peggy Fannon

January 7, 2019

Thinking of Jim's family, friends, and loved ones. May God comfort and help all of you as needed. Also may He flood you with lots of good memories. God Bless, Peggy

John and Liz McCurry

January 3, 2019

We were sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was a good neighbor to us at the lake and loved animals as much as we did. We remember the ducks and the dogs Jim and Lynn took in. Daisy is a favorite of ours and still visits when we are there. Sweet Flower was so cute. We have a picture Jim took of our Lakeview Circle while flying over our little community. One summer he grew those giant sunflowers and shared them with us. He will be missed.

Willie Epperson

January 3, 2019

Sorry for loss, God Bless.

Willie & Carol

Joan MacGuire

January 3, 2019

There are no words that can express our sympathy for the loss of Jim. We mourn with you and send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Ed and Joan MacGuire

Sally Gallagher

January 3, 2019

Yes I remember Jim and Lynn very well. Sorry to hear of his passing. He reminds me so much of his father. I remember going with my parents to Prichard Furniture store. His dad was very friendly and alway smiling and loved talking about Jim and what he was doing.

Karen Inkster

January 2, 2019

Jim was a wonderful man. He was always smiling and never passed by without stopping to ask how me and my family were doing. He and Lynn took great photos of my girls. My thoughts, love and prayers to Lynn, Kyle, Karl and families

Shannon Dominguez

January 2, 2019

I remember Jim as being one of the kindest people I have ever meet. I remember from a young age, my family and I being invited into their home to have dinner with them more than once. They always had open arms to us. Such great people! My prayers and all of my love to Lynn, Kyle and Karl.

Michelle Farmer

January 2, 2019

Jim was one of a kind remember him and Lynn coming and voting at lay school polls where I worked for years and when he visited our store then “farmers market “ now farmer and Sons . Prayers for his family remember his sons well.

Wayne, Michelle, Austin and Branden Farmer

Don Calitri

January 2, 2019

Remember Jim in Barbourville during the 1965-76 time frame and our work with the Daniel Boone Festival while I was at Union College.

John Baker

January 2, 2019

Remember him well , when he got married and around Barbourville in the 60’s and 70’s. A very good family man .