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John Dozier Pruitt

John Dozier Pruitt

December 10, 1934 - November 9, 2018     Age: 83

John Dozier Pruitt passed away peacefully on November 9, 2018, at the Warner Hospice Center, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 10, 1934 in Troup County, Georgia and lived in Atlanta and surrounding areas until he moved to Fernandina Beach in 1974.

 John served in The United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was a true patriot and was recognized for his service, along with several other Nassau County veterans in 2015 by US Rep. Ander Crenshaw. After being honorably discharged from the USAF, he spent many years as a long distance truck driver before retiring in 1992. He and his wife Alma owned Pruitt Realty & Rentals, where they managed numerous rental properties during the 1980s and 1990’s. He later worked for Nassau County, in the Tax Collectors office and the Property Appraisers office.

John was generous with his time and talents. During his lifetime he volunteered in several organizations including Big Brothers and Sisters and the Nassau County Mental Health Alliance. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon.  He was also a Mason and a Shriner. An avid outdoorsman, he loved boating, fishing, horticulture and all animals, especially dogs. John also loved classic country music and made many trips to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. However, his greatest joy in life came from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

John was predeceased by his parents, Zan and Annie-John Pruitt, his brother Prentice Pruitt and grandsons John Curtis “JC” Page and Christopher Moody. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years Alma and three daughters, Kimberly (David) Page of Fernandina Beach, Laree (Sonny) Moody of Ponte Vedra Beach, and Patricia Pruitt of Fernandina Beach; grandchildren, Annie (Austin) Barnhill of Fernandina Beach, Laura Page of Fernandina Beach, Samantha Moody of Rockledge, Florida, Michael Moody of Richmond, Virginia, Ashley (Michael) Peeples of Yulee, Sarah Simmons of Yulee, and Halie (Christian) Boetcher of Lewis Port, Kentucky. He also leaves behind two brothers, Gene Pruitt and Jerry Pruitt, both of LaGrange, Georgia, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm, with a reception following in Jim Thomas Hall.

 The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either of the following: Community Hospice, Nassau County Council on Aging, or First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach.

6 Condolences

  • Frances Burgess Posted November 9, 2018 6:48 pm

    Alma and Girls: So sorry to learn of John’s passing, but no he is in a better place now. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carl and Barbara Posted November 10, 2018 9:19 am

    Alma and Family saddened to learn of John’s passing. I’ll always remember him as “Little Red Wagon” My Prayers are that you and the girls will find comfort in this time of sorrow.

  • Renee Pruitt Posted November 10, 2018 10:33 am

    Aunt Alma, Im so sorry to hear of Doziers death. I know the pain and loss you must be feeling. And Kim, Laree and Patty. I truely wish that I could be there, unfortunately I am disabled in my spine and do not think I could travel that far. I SEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU ALL. I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU EVEN THOUGH WE HAVENT SEEN EACH OTHER IN YEARS. YOU ARE ALL IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS. I ASK THE LORD TO COMFORT YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS WORLD WITHOUT HIM. HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT UNTIL WE ALL MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN.!I AM SO SORRY!!!!

  • michelletiliakos Posted November 11, 2018 9:19 pm

    mrs.Alma i am so sorry for your loss!Mr.John was a very niceman i always enjoyed talking to him,love to you and your family and i will be praying for you.and your family

  • Jamie Deonas Posted November 12, 2018 8:09 pm

    Terribly saddened to learn Mr. John passed. I feel very fortunate to have known him.

  • Elizabeth Purvis Posted November 13, 2018 4:57 pm

    So saddened to hear of your loss but rejoice that John has finally found peace. God’s blessings to you Alma. I didn’t know John personally but he must have been someone very special to have such an amazing family.

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