Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 19, 2013

Billy Joe Pruitt

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Funeral services for Billy Joe Pruitt, age 76, of Rusk are scheduled for 2:00 PM Sunday April 21, 2013, at the Autry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Keith Hassel officiating.

Burial will follow at E. L. Russell Cemetery near Rusk.

Mr. Pruitt passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2013 in Tyler. He was born January 5, 1937 in Chandler, Oklahoma to the late John and Ella Pruitt.

Mr. Pruitt was in the oil derrick construction and later years was a bus driver for Rusk ISD.  He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Rusk. As a foster parent, he and his wife Linda had been parents to over 40 children.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack, Leslie and Tommy Pruitt and two sisters, Ethel Lee and Sue Eddins.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Pruitt of Rusk; son, Randy Pruitt of California; daughter, Michelle Green and husband Tim of Rusk; son, John Derek Pruitt and wife Jennifer of Rusk; son, Dylan Pruitt of College Station, sons, Ethan and Austin Pruitt both of Rusk. He is also survived by two brothers, George and Jimmy Pruitt of Meeker, OK; a sister, Carlene Kacere of Arizona; and six grandchildren, Chelsie Pierce, Kaleb Pruitt, Dalton Green, Joyce Green, Balin Pruitt and Sam Pruitt.

Pallbearers will be Derek Pruitt, Tim Green, Dylan Pruitt, Kaleb Pruitt, Michael Russell and Kenneth Vanderslice, with Ethan and Austin Pruitt as Honorary Pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Saturday April 20, 2013 at Autry Funeral Home Jacksonville.

Memorials may be made to the Grace Fellowship Church Rusk.