Hugh W. Pritchett – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Dr. Hugh W. Pritchett died Saturday, June 30, 2012.
He was born July 13, 1923, in Hattiesburg, Miss., and grew up in Winterville, Ga., where he finished high school, played basketball and tennis and ran track. He was a farmer, carpenter, heavy equipment operator and a general practitioner. He served in the 145th CE BN 3rd Army in the ETO in WWII; was a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia; interned at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga.; and did general practice in Town Creek and Sheffield, Ala., retiring due to health at the end of 1988. He was a member of Colbert County Medical Society, Alabama Medical Association, American Medical Association, life member of the VFWand the American Legion. He also was a member of First Baptist Church of Tuscumbia, where he served as deacon and chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Louise Berryman Pritchett; father, Thomas Leonard Pritchett; mother, Alpha Brookshire Pritchett; and brother, Dr. Thomas Leonard Pritchett Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Aurelia Lee Pritchett; daughters, Linda Pritchett, of North Augusta, Ga., and Terri Ann McWhorter (Bob), of Gadsden; sons, Hugh Wayne Pritchett Jr., of Tuscumbia, and David Jay Pritchett (Kim), of Athens; grandson, Lance Pritchett (Shannon); granddaughter, Ally Pritchett; stepdaughters, Penny Graves, of Gardendale, Ala., and Ann Harland (Gary), of Tuscumbia; stepgrandsons, Lee Graves (Jill), of Gardendale, Ala., Adam Harland (Bronwyn), of Cullman, Ala., and Steven Harland (Beth), of Tuscumbia.
The family will receive friends for visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Dr. Gary Carver and the Rev. Barrett Long are officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Tuscumbia.
Pallbearers will be Horace Cleveland, Adam Harland, Earl Dean Thomason, Nick Wright, Tom Pritchett, Jimmy Goins, Scott Pritchett, Lance Pritchett and John Ellett. Honorary pallbearers include the members of the Shubie Sparks Sunday School Class, golfing buddies, Steve Harland and Lee Graves.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the following for their love and care: Dr. Jack McLendon, Dr. Brad McAnalley, Dr. Wesley Desselle, Dr. Howard Gamble, the ladies of Southern Care, Ruby Sheffield (RN), Missy Wilson and Erin Holbrook (Elder Care).
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Tuscumbia Building Fund or to Helen Keller Library.
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