Master Sgt. James Robert Pritt, 81, a resident of Philippi, passed from this life, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Center in Wheeling.
James was born Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1932, in Mill Creek, a son of the late Warwick Norman Pritt and Mary Collins Pritt.
On Sept. 10, 1951, he was married to Dorcas Madeline Currence Pritt, who preceded him in death March 7, 1987. He was later married to Edna Moats, on Feb, 14, 1989, who preceded him in death Dec. 8, 2012.
Left to cherish his memory are his eight children, Danny Robert Pritt and wife, Laura, Dennis Randall "Randy" Pritt and wife, Marylou, Rickie Douglas Pritt and wife, Brenda, Robbie Dee Pritt and companion, Kim Tredy, Connie Elaine Dominquez, Timmy Norman Pritt, all of Wheeling, Dirk Leon Pritt and wife, Jackie of Philippi and Nancy Lane Pritt and companion, Allen McAdoo of Weirton; and 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
James was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by one infant son, Jimmy Dale Pritt; four brothers, Jess Pritt, Ray Pritt, Ross "Buck" Pritt and Franklin Pritt; six sisters, Mae Cosner, Laurie Shifflett, Emmajean Kisner, Josephine Bennett, Sylvia Currence and Wanda Howell; and a son-in-law, Dave Leon Dominquez.
James attended the schools of Randolph County, had served with the United States Army during the Korean War and worked as a coal miner for Valley Camp Coal Co. in both Wheeling and Charleston before retiring in 1987. He loved to hunt and garden and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation will be conducted at the Randolph Funeral Home Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel Friday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Jerusalem Cemetery on the Adolph Road where members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygarts Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and West Virginia Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for James Robert Pritt. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.