The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 23, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013


Bill Pritchard

Bill Pritchard, age 85, of Beckley, WV, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Beckley VA Medical Center.

Born on February 26, 1928, at Sprague, WV, he was the son of the late Jack Gaither Pritchard and Goldie Retha Wills Pritchard.

Mr. Pritchard was a retired manager for Pepsi Cola  Distributing Company at Mabscott, was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during WWII, and was a member of the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Haynes, Betty Duncan, and Wanda Ritch, by a half brother, Tom Watson Pritchard, and a half sister Ada “Sis” Meadows, by brothers-in law, J.D. Johnson, Bob Duncan, and Guy Haynes.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Betty Phillips Pritchard.

His daughter, Barbara Pritchard Dunbar and her husband Jerry of Beckley.

His son, Bill J. Pritchard and his wife Rebecca St. John Pritchard of Beckley.

Brothers, Jack Pritchard Jr. and his wife Wanda of Granite Falls, NC, Curtis Pritchard and his wife Mina, of Lenoir, NC, and Tommy Pritchard and his wife Thelma of Lenoir, NC.

Sisters: Eleanor Hollar and her husband Roger of Lenoir, NC, Daphney Weaver and her husband Paul, of Rhodiss, NC, Patty Parham and her husband Ray, of Granite Falls, NC, Ruth Johnson of Lenoir, NC.

Lora Davis and her husband Hobart of West Jefferson, NC.

Grandchildren, J.W. Dunbar and his wife Cristie of South Point, Ohio, Christy Dunbar Powers and her husband Derick of Myrtle Beach, SC, Bill J. Pritchard Jr. and his wife Mintie of Maple Fork, Saranne E. Pritchard of Maple Fork, Jacob D. Fink of Beckley, Great-grandchildren, Tori and Paris Powers, Reese Dunbar, and Brayleigh Pritchard.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Wayne Peters and Pastor Daniel Legg officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews, Bill J. Pritchard Jr., J.W. Dunbar, Jacob D. Fink, Derick Powers, Randy Phillips, and Donald Phillips.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

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