Halford “Hal” Pruitt


Halford “Hal” Pruitt, 84, passed from this life on January 27, 2018 at Four Seasons, surrounded by his family. It was “Hal’s Day” to enter heaven.

Hal was born November 1, 1933 to Wesley and Thelma Fern (Ping) Pruitt. He married Kathryn Mae Ogle on June 1, 1955. Kathryn passed away June 22, 1980. They had two daughters, Carol and Kathy. On June 26, 1983, he married Mabel “Mabe” Duncan Burns.

Hal was a 1952 Columbus High School graduate. He was employed for a brief time at Arvin, but worked most of his life building and remodeling homes, a skill he learned from his father. Hal loved his Lord, family, and his canine buddies Mandy and Gracie. He enjoyed beautiful flower gardens and creating outdoor Christmas light displays, for which he won multiple awards. He was a gifted storyteller and loved to make everyone around him laugh.

Calling will be Tuesday, January 30 from 4-8 pm at Jewell Rittman Funeral Home. A celebration of Hal’s life will be held Wednesday, January 31 at 10 am, with a 9 am calling preceding. Reverend Doug Wallace will officiate. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Hal is survived by his wife, Mabe; children, Carol (Don) Pope and Kathy Crouch; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Laura Pope, Amie (Joshua) Hatton, Bridget (Cory) Diedrich, Cailyn and Colson Diedrich, Daniel Dailey, and Trinity Dailey; stepdaughters, Cindy (Kevin) Hotz, Luann (Joe) Matlock; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jason Matlock (Jenel Bolin), Jordan, Jayden, and Jessa Matlock, Jennifer (Bryan) Johnson, Levi and Madisyn Johnson; brothers, Ronnie (Carolyn) Pruitt, and Scott (Yvonne) Pruitt, and sister Beulah (J. Keith) Thompson; and sister-in-law, Wanda Gill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Catherine Smith, Eva Wallace, and Mary Louise Hardin; and brothers, Floyd and Jerry Pruitt.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice or Gideon Bibles.

You are invited to view his video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.