Arthur James "A. J." Pritchett, 90, died April 13, 2009.
He was born Oct. 31, 1918 to the union of James M. Pritchett and Sarah Rebecca Williams in Surginer. He was a member of Shady Union Baptist Church of Surginer until he moved to Grove Hill and joined Orange Hill Baptist Church.
He attended several schools including Thomasville Normal School. After high school he attended Selma University. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Alabama State University. He received a Masters Degree from Fisk University. He taught school in Coffeeville and Grove Hill for a total of 34 years. He served as Principal of Wilson Hall High School which was later renamed Wilson Hall Middle School after Integration in 1970.
He was a devoted husband, loving father, brother, educator, community activist and friend to many.
He had a 36-year career in education. He was principal of Wilson Hall High School in Grove Hill and later Wilson Hall Elementary School, Wilson Hall Middle School, 1951-1981.
He served on the Grove Hill Town Council from 1984 until 1996 and was the first black elected to municipal government in Grove Hill. He also worked as a Court Baliff and polling place worker. He served on many boards and committees and enjoyed being an active member of the Grove Hill and greater Clarke County community. He was Civitan Citizen of the year- 1977, Clarke County Educators Association, Founding member of the Clarke Educators Federal Credit Union, Grove Hill Memorial Hospital Service Award, Local United Way member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Retired Teachers Association, Southwest Mental Health Board, Orange Hill Baptist Church Sunday School Superintendant and Church Clerk, and was active in the Grove Hill Senior Nutrition Center.
He leaves to honor and cherish his memory two daughters, Vicki R. Pritchett,Vera J. Pritchett, both of Birmingham; two sisters, Ella Gray Latham, Rochester, New York, Patricia (Charles) Echols, Mobile; three brothers, James (Doris) Pritchett, Rev. Alfred (Vera) Pritchett, both of Surginer, Robert Stephens, Wrens, Ga.; four sisterin laws, Irma Pritchett, Nasvhille, Tenn., Dorothy Pritchett, Thomasville, Willie Lee Pritchett, Surginer, Burnerdean Hope, Los Angeles, Calif.
The public viewing will be held Friday, April 17 at 12 noon until 6 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Chapel.
A second viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. until the 12 noon funeral service on Saturday, April 18 at Wilson Hall Middle School at 161 Carter Drive in Grove Hill. Rev. Alfred Pritchett will officiate. Burial will be in the Orange Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be performed.
The Family encourages donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.