Obituary for Willie Pruitt
Willie Clinton Pruitt, 76, of O’Fallon, IL, born October 8, 1940, in Collinsville, MS passed away March 5, 2017 in Mascoutah, IL.
Willie was a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force, serving twenty-six years of active duty. After retiring from active duty, he continued to serve the United States Air Force as a civil servant for twenty-three years. After retiring from civil service, Willie continued to go to the Air Force base frequently in order to visit his friends whom he considered his Air Force “family”. He loved American cars, specifically Lincolns and Oldsmobiles. Willie enjoyed cutting grass, washing his car, and continued to be active after his retirement. He was very devoted to his church and enjoyed attending services every Sunday which included singing in the choir and maintaining the church grounds. Willie never met a stranger and was well known for his permanent smile. He will be remembered as being a very giving and loving soul, always helping anyone in need, even if he didn’t know them.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Elizabeth Pruitt, nee McKenzie; and three brothers, Sammie Pruitt, Clarence Edward Pruitt, and Sheirry Pruitt.
He is survived by his wife; Mun Cha Pruitt, nee Oh, of O’Fallon, IL; one daughter, Christina Vonetta Roche of Wildwood, MO; one sister, Ruth “Bettie” Pruitt of Detroit, Michigan; and first cousins, Vera Brooks Hayden, PhD of Meridian, MS and Frank Pruitt of Detroit Michigan, both of whom he thought of as his siblings.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.
Visitation will be held from 8:00am – 9:00am Monday, March 13, 2017at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O’Fallon, IL 62269.
Funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 9:00am on Monday, March 13, 2017 with Chaplin George Kahl officiating.
Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.