Harold Gordon Pruitt Jr.


Mr. Harold Gordon Pruitt Jr., 55, husband of Dorothea Pruitt and lifelong resident of Tangier Island, passed away at his home Friday, July 24, 2020. Born Sept. 27, 1964, in Crisfield, Md., he was the son of Nellie Pruitt Jones, of Crisfield, and the late Harold Gordon Pruitt.

Harold will be remembered as a true family man with a genuine love for all. He was the kind of man who would do anything for anyone, even if it meant giving the shirt off his back. Harold was a third-generation Tangier waterman, a member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, and there wasn’t a sport he didn’t like. Harold especially loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland A’s, but his greatest sports memories were those made with his grandson, Parker, who loved goofing around with his Poppa. Ever the jokester, Harold took great pleasure in teasing and messing with Weston, Jacob, and Piper, and always knew they’d tease him back. The Tangier community will greatly miss Harold Pruitt, as he always brought light and laughter wherever he was.

In addition to his wife and mother, Harold is survived by his daughter, Pamela Taylor Pruitt, and stepdaughter, Leigh Shores, both of Tangier; sister, Chris Landon, and her husband, Darren, of Check, Va.; brother, Mike Pruitt, and his wife, Liz, of Tangier; grandson, Parker James Shores; nieces and nephews, Justin Landon, Rochelle Crockett (Bill), and Trent, Tyler, and Paige Pruitt; great-niece, Isabella Landon; many cousins; countless friends; and his dog, Deacon, who was his best friend.

A memorial service will be held at Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Darren Landon and Elder Duane Crockett officiating. Interment will follow in the Crockett Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harold’s memory may be made to the Tangier Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 239, Tangier, VA 23440. or to Tangier Island Health Foundation, P.O. Box 788, Irvington, VA 22480.

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by the Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock and Parksley.
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