Pearl Pruitt

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On September 3, 2014, Pearl Pruitt died as she had lived, with her family and Savior by her side. Services were Monday, September 8th at New Hope Baptist Church West Duncan, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Randy Southerland and Mike Teel officiating. Internment was at Claud Cemetery in Claud, Oklahoma. Family was present for visitation at Grantham Funeral Home from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 7th. Pearl was born to Frances (Russell) and E.M. McCartney on March 24, 1925 at their home northeast of Alma, OK. She attended Colley Grade School and then Alma High School where she was an honor roll student and a member of the Student Council. She grew up attending Countyline Baptist Church and accepted Jesus as her personal Savior when she was nine years old. Then she served Him faithfully for the next eighty years. Pearl married her high school sweetheart, Dan T. Pruitt, on January 24, 1941 in Lawton, OK and they enjoyed 52 wonderful years together. They were never apart even when Dan served his country during World War II. Because he was stationed stateside in Oklahoma, Maryland, and  Texas, Pearl was fortunate to move from base to base with him. In 1945 God gave them a baby boy, Michael Dan and then in 1947 a baby girl, Patricia Pearl. Nothing would do but Irish names--Mike and Pat--for two proud Irish parents. On December 31, 1951 Pearl’s life changed forever when Dan gave his life to Jesus and was baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church in Duncan, OK and then two years later was called topreach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their first pastorate was at Alma Baptist, then Gatlin, Cameron Lawton, Director of Missions in Henrietta, OK, Rush Springs, and coming fullcircle back to pastor where he was saved at Immanuel Baptist in Duncan, OK. After their retirement, they continued to do interim pastorates in churches in Stephens and Comanche counties. Through the years Pearl endeared herself to their congregations and was known by many names including “Miss Pearl, Miss Preacher, Pearl Bailey, the Pearl of Great Price, and Mommy Pill.” Brother Dan always said they put up with him because they loved Pearl so much. Always a devoted wife and mother, she was also a gifted Bible teacher, children’s worker, and women’s conference speaker. She taught Sunday school until age 85 when her health would no longer allow her to continue. She used all the gifts God gave her to serve Him. Her mother taught her to play the piano when she was a child and then gave her a piano when she became a pastor’s wife “because every pastor’s home needs a piano,” her mother said. And Pearl used it diligently. She also used her ability to crochet that her
mother taught her. Her family, friends, and congregations were the fortunate recipients of adult and baby booties, afghans, and baby blankets. Pearl never missed a Texas Rangers baseball game, OKC Thunder basketball game, or any OU game of any kind that was televised. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzle worker, and an excellent cook. Her philosophy was “bake and take” to anyone who needed a little TLC. She and Brother Dan cooked for up to 60 campers at Falls Creek Baptist Assembly, with Pearl making a bakers dozen “from scratch” pies a day for their church’s teenagers. She had attended Falls Creek with her mother when she was a child and everyone stayed in tents and cooked on camp fires. She knew that many lives were changed at Falls Creek. Pearl’s memory and teachings will be cherished by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jeanette Pruitt of Duncan and
their family: Tina and Mack Huffman; Tyler, Sarah, Gabe, and Mason Dunn of Duncan; Allison Christian of Stillwater, Wyatt Huffman of Duncan, Zachary Huffman of Lawton; Jeff, Shannon, Taylor, Gavin, and Aubrey Pruitt of Bethel Acres; Ashlie, Joe, Averie, and Kip Knapp of Mangum, OK. Also by her daughter and son-in-law Pat and Leo Watson, Jr. of Walters and their family Quinn, Alex, and Owynn Watson of Oklahoma City and a daughter-in-Christ, Dee Ann Patterson of Lawton. She is also survived by a brother, Frank McCartney of Pauls Valley; 3 sisters: Marie Layn and Beth Enloe of Duncan and Louise and Neal Blakemore of Lindsey and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great- nephews. She was preceded in death by-- and has been reunited in Heaven with-- her beloved husband Dan, her parents, a brother Harvey McCartney, and many other family and friends. Any one wishing to make a donation in Pearl’s memory may do so to Falls Creek Baptist Assembly, c/o New Hope Baptist Church West. You may leave an online condolence or memory for the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com. 
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