J.D. Pruitt, 86, of Sylva, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
J.D. was born in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana on May 3, 1934, to the late Adam Pruitt and Margie Etta (Marcantel) Pruitt.
He enjoyed growing a garden, cooking his famous Gumbo, and pickin’ and grinnin’. But he treasured most of all sitting on the front porch of his house with his wife, Martha. The couple married on December 20, 1953, in Dillion, South Carolina. J.D. was a member of the Whittier Church of God where he also enjoyed playing his guitar.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years; Martha (Boney) Pruitt, one daughter; Margie (Michael) Harris of Sylva, and one son; J.D. Pruitt Jr. of Sylva. Six grandchildren; Josh (Jessica) Torrans of Holly Springs; Jeremy (Danielle) Harris of Sylva; Jesse Daniel Pruitt of Sylva; Lauren Shay Lossiah of Sylva; Chadwick (Kayla) Harris of Hubert; and Emily (Loski) Standingdeer of Sylva; eleven great-grandchildren and one expected great-grandson. Two sisters; Bertha Mitchel of Jackson, Louisiana; Alma Ellender of Sulphur, Louisiana.
He is preceded in death by one daughter; Mary Sue Torrans and six of his eight siblings; Lawrence Pruitt, Marse Pruitt, LC Pruitt, Adam (Pap) Pruitt Jr., Alberta Kervin, and A.J. Pruitt.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at noon at the Whittier Church of God in Whittier, NC. Rev. Shane Silvers and Rev. Ned Pressley will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 11:00 am until noon at the church. Burial will follow at Devotional Gardens Warsaw Cemetery, 1260 NC 24 & 50 HWY, Warsaw, NC 28398, on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 1:00 pm. J.D. Pruitt Jr., Michael Harris, Josh Torrans, Jeremy Harris, Jesse Pruitt, and Chadwick Harris will all serve as pallbearers.