John Granison Pruitt

Published 9:03 am Monday, March 27, 2017

John Granison Pruitt of Mocksville died on March 23, 2017 in Salisbury.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1923 in Mount Airy, Ga. to the late John Grant and Melissa Trimiar Pruitt. He received his education in Davie County schools. He became a faithful member of Erwin Temple CME Church in Woodleaf, where he was a member of the male chorus and served as a Sunday School teacher. In 1947, he married his wife, Eddie Lee Jones. To this union, four children were born, John Milton, Ozella, Deborah Ann, and Richard Douglas.After working at several other locations, he retired from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., Winston Salem. After retirement, he spent lots of time enjoying family and visiting relatives and friends.  He enjoyed gardening and had an abundant harvest almost every year, until he became ill.  He also enjoyed sharing his crop with family members and friends. The Bible was one book that he really enjoyed reading, and he was known by many as the man, “who prayed so beautifully.”

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Eddie, in 2006; 6 brothers, Thurland Pruitt, James Luke Pruitt, Quentin Pruitt, Baxter Pruitt, J.R. Pruitt, Levanderbilt “Bill” Pruitt; and a sister, Janie V. Haynes.

Survivors: 2 daughters, Deborah Ann Pruitt of Mocksville and Ozella Bundy (Ernest) of Greensboro; 2 sons, John Milton Pruitt of Mocksville and Richard Douglas Pruitt (Gloria) of Mocksville; 2 sisters, Ollie Claudine Walls and Lizzie Teasley, both of Sacramento, Calif.; 5 grandchildren, Amanda Pruitt, Candace Heckstall (Terrick), David Pruitt, Nicolas Pruitt, Eric Moten (Nikki); 7 great-grandchildren, Zachary Moten, Erica Moten, Justice Moten, Keenan Moten, Saadiah Moten, Gabriela Gonzalez, Devlin Granison Pruitt; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorials: Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, 28144.

His funeral service was to be held Wednesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home in Mocksville.  The Rev. Ervin Hannah was to officiate, and burial was to follow in Erwin Temple CME Church Cemetery, Woodleaf.  The family was to receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the service.