BELLVILLE — Willis D. “Willie” Pritchett, 70, of Bellville, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at his residence.
Willie was born Nov. 22, 1940, in Kanawha County, Charleston, W.Va., to Grandville D. Pritchett and Maxine J. (Nunley) Pritchett and moved to the Knox County area in 1958. He was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, attended The Ohio State University and graduated from LaSalle University. Willie enlisted and served as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Vietnam War era. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Willie enlisted in the Ohio National Guard as a commissioned officer and served with the National Guard, resigning his commission in 1966. Willie had been employed at PPG Industries and Kelsey Hayes, both in Mount Vernon, and retired in 2007 from the Ohio Department of Corrections after 16 years as a juvenile corrections officer.
He was a member of the Owl Creek Church of the Brethren in Ankenytown. Willie enjoyed attending church, WMVO Radio, Ohio State sports and fighting for the Red, White and Blue.
Surviving are his wife, Connie J. (Clark) Pritchett, whom he married Sept. 18, 1965; his son, Ty Pritchett of Mansfield; daughters, Valerie Thompson of Williamsburg, Va., and Veronica (Christopher) Cline of Howard; grandchildren, T. Michael Spaulding, Jessey Thompson, Dillon Thompson, Jordan Cline and Jared Cline; and his sister, Lucille (Ed) Nienkark of Mount Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call Saturday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Barnhill officiating. Military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be observed at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To send a private online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Willis D. “Willie” Pritchett.