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Melvin “Ray” Pritchett

Ray-PritchettMr. Melvin “Ray” Pritchett, age 58, of Watson, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 of natural causes, in Joplin, Missouri.

He was born March 1, 1956 in Santa Monica, California to Melvin O. Pritchett and the late Frankie Short Pritchett. Melvin was truck driver by trade and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by wife Tina Pritchett of the home; sons Virgle Ray Pritchett of El Paso, Texas, Cory Gregston of Watson, Oklahoma; daughters Laura Pritchett of Alabama, Sabrina Gregston of Hot Springs, Arkansas; father Melvin O. Pritchett of Alabama; brothers Frank Lee Pritchett of Kansas, Virgil Leslie Pritchett of Las Vega, Nevada, Bervel Kevin Pritchett of Alabama; sister Dianna L. Davis of Alabama; 6 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Frankie Short Pritchett; his mother-in-law Martha Turner; and his father-in-law Billy Joe Nipper.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Watson Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation was general. Friends and family met for food and fellowship before and after the service at the Watson Fire Department.

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