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Richard Martin Pruitt, age 68

Richard Martin Pruitt, age 68, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022. He was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on June 10, 1954, to the late Willard Pruitt and Anna Louise Roland.

Richard loved playing golf, cooking, and entertaining, the more people the better, and hosting Razorback watch parties. He never met a stranger, and his family was his world. Richard proudly served in the United States Air Force for twenty-two years. Afterwards, he worked in telecommunications for the last 27 years. He loved the travel and comradery that came along with the job

Richard is survived by his wife Patricia H. Pruitt; his daughter Allison Pruitt; his grandson Jaxon Martin Douglas; his siblings Susan Pruitt Williams (Gary), Mike Pruitt (Laura), David Pruitt, Steven Pruitt (Tammy), brother-in-law Robert Hedrick (Barb), and brother-in-law Tom Hedrick (Sandra); his nieces and nephews Emily Williams, Kristi Gramlick (Rob), Jeffrey Pruitt, Gregory Pruitt, Jennifer P Light (Daniel), Sarah Pruitt, Matthew Pruitt, Joey Hedrick, Brandy Holland, and Brett Hedrick; and a host of family, friends, and an abundance of great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022, at 10:00 AM at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service.

To view a tribute slideshow of Richard, please follow the link provided below.


  • Dave Dunn Posted July 12, 2022 6:12 PM

    I was stationed with Rick in Belgium. We met playing softball. Rick was always the life of the party and a fantastic person. He mad everyone feel welcome. I really enjoyed his friendship and his cooking! My sincere condolences to Patt, Allison and the entire Pruitt family. R.I.P. my friend.

  • Teresa Morden Allen Posted July 12, 2022 8:01 PM

    Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family as you navigate your lives without him.

  • Allen Lee Posted July 12, 2022 8:05 PM

    I met Rick while working at CSG. He was always someone I looked forward to working and talking with! I learned so much from him both in work and life, and I was so sad to hear about his passing. RIP Rick. You will be greatly missed.

  • Merribeth Brooks Posted July 12, 2022 8:05 PM

    We were so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. Sending our sincere condolences to you and family.

  • Kasey Wyatt Posted July 12, 2022 8:27 PM

    Rick always had a smile on his face and lite up every room he walked into. Loved his presence and his jokes. We are going to miss you!
    R.I.P. until we see you again!
    The Wyatt Family

  • Abbigail Getty Posted July 12, 2022 8:58 PM

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Rick, but I know that I would have loved him, because of how much he loved his family. I’ve been loving the stories Allison tells us about her amazing parents since 2015, and I know he leaves behind an amazing legacy of love. Sending my love and condolences to Allison, Jaxon, and Mrs. Pat.

  • Cindy Charlene Thurmond ( High ) Posted July 12, 2022 9:10 PM

    Pat I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Chris Lewis Posted July 12, 2022 9:15 PM

    I only ever met Rick Pruitt a handful of times, but each time it felt like we had known each other for years. He had an uncanny knack for making people feel like they mattered. He certainly instilled that in he daughter as well. I believe he touched many, many lives, because I could feel and see the love he had for his family and friends.

    Pat (Momma P), Allison (BFF), and Jaxon (Big J), my thoughts and love are most certainly with you

  • Becki Cage Posted July 12, 2022 9:25 PM

    I was stationed with Rick in Wiesbaden Germany. Always the life of the party. How could you not love Rick? Earth now has a huge hole and heaven has an awesome man. Rip

  • Karen Grant Schirmer Posted July 13, 2022 6:57 AM

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers are offered for you and the family. Rick was a great neighbor and will be deeply missed.

  • Lowell Lambert Posted July 13, 2022 11:56 AM

    My condolences on your loss. I worked with Rick at GTL. He was a good man and made a lasting impact on everyone he met.

  • Karla Ludi Posted July 13, 2022 11:57 AM

    We met Rick through our nephew John Crites. He was such a character we enjoyed the time spent with him! He even gifted me his red razorback hat! Thank you Rick for being in our lives. May God bless you during this most difficult time.

  • HUGH HILL Posted July 13, 2022 3:04 PM

    Farewell Mobster, you will be missed.

  • Renee Morrison Posted July 13, 2022 3:47 PM

    I did not know Rick very well, but everything I’ve ever heard about him, and all the posts I’ve read about him, I know he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Pat Allison and Jaxon, I am so sorry you have lost him.

  • Vickie.Phillips Posted July 13, 2022 7:17 PM

    I worked with Rick from 1996 to 2020. He was a mentor and friend. He is gone from this world.but he will never be forgotten.

  • Buchman Terry Posted July 14, 2022 1:02 PM

    Years ago at a Gymnastics Competition where our young daughters were on the same team, Rick came up and introduced himself. We started hanging out together and traveled several states where our daughters on the same Competition Cheerleading Team. Our families became very close and we were always part of his family. He became a great friend to me. Unfortunately time, work and distance prevented our getting together as much as we used to. But when we did, it was like we had seen each other the day before. I will miss his friendship, sense of humor and his smile. There will always be a deep void in my life now until it’s my time to go.

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