American Veteran 01


January 1, 1937 ~ March 24, 2022 (age 85)



Willard Pruitt was born on January 1, 1937, to Lee Barron Pruitt

and Louise Tucker Pruitt in Nicholsville, Alabama. He lost his

father at age 2 and gained a stepfather at age 5 when his mother

married James Fuller. After the death of his stepfather at the age

of 11, Willard moved with his mother, brothers Billy, Larry and

sister Anna to a farm. It was here that the family sharecropped and

Willard plowed the fields behind a mule.

Willard joined Antioch Baptist Church at an early age and served

faithfully while living in Nicholsville. His Minister was Reverend

S.W. Rodgers. In 1952 Willard met his high school sweetheart Louise,

when they were both sophomores. Willard and Louise graduated

from Marengo High School in 1955. Willard joined the Navy that

same year. In 1958 Willard and Louise married and they had three

children, Son-Anthony Donald, Daughter-Terrya Michelle and Son-

Kurt LeBarron.

Willard was stationed in several locations including San Diego,

where he began and ended his Navy career. He served 20 years,

including service in Vietnam. Willard retired from the Navy as an

Aviation Electrician Petty Officer First Class in 1975.

After his career in the Navy, Willard attended Grossmont College

and earned an Associate Degree in 1979. At this time, he began a

highly successful career in real estate as a realtor. He was also a

real estate investor along with his wife Louise and they provided

affordable housing to renters. He successfully helped clients buy

and sell their homes and investment properties. Willard was

affiliated with several real estate companies, lastly with Coldwell

Banker West.

Willard was preceded in death by his Father-Lee Barron Pruitt,

Stepfather-James Fuller, Mother-Louise Pruitt Fuller and his


Brother-Billy Pruitt. He is survived by his loving and devoted Wife-

Louise Pruitt of 64 years, Son-Anthony Donald, Daughter-Terrya

Michelle, Son-Kurt LeBarron and Daughter in-law Greer Pruitt,

Brother-Larry Fuller, and Sister In-law Barbara Fuller, Sister-Anna

Pope and Brother In-law James Pope, Nephews-Larry Fuller Jr. and

Jim Pope and Nieces-Wendy Daniels and Sonya Simmons.

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Graveside Service
April 14, 2022

2:30 PM

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