Thursday, June 4, 2009
Dedicated firefighter remembered
By SUE WATSON
County firefighters, emergency and ambulance service workers, law officers and employees with the Marshall County Correctional Facility joined a Potts Camp family in saying goodbye to one of their own Friday.
J.C. Pruitt Jr. was laid to rest at Temperance Hill Cemetery in Potts Camp after a homecoming celebration held at Calvary Baptist Church in Holly Springs.
The funeral procession to Temperance Hill Cemetery was led by sheriff department patrol cars, fire engines and an ambulance.
Pruitt, 38, had served 18 years with the Potts Camp Volunteer Fire Department and one and a half years as its fire chief before retiring after he had a leg amputated for medical reasons.
He worked at the correctional facility in the transportation department and was also trained as an EMT and firefighter.
Pastor Jerry Moore, who said Pruitt made a profession of faith in 2004, provided personal insights into Pruitt’s spiritual life. He said Pruitt read his Bible and kept a blue journal where he recorded favorite or meaningful spiritual passages. As a father, he took his children fishing and hunting, and followed the motto – “One Day at A Time.”
A favorite scripture, Psalms 23 provided strength for Pruitt to get through difficult times, Moore said.
“God holds on to us and won’t let go,” Moore said. “He guides us to council and to glory.”
Moore said the same words written by the Psalmist 3,000 years ago apply just as well today.
“The unchanging God who comforted the shepherd king is here to comfort us today,” he said. “These beautiful words - more hymns are based on this than any other Psalm.”
The Psalm speaks of a life of meaning and purpose and great success, of a life that brings glory to God, Moore said.
“J.C.’s life was about God. J.C.’s life brought glory to God,” Moore said.
The Psalm also speaks of great security, he said.
“Those who experience physical death are more alive. And those who are dead are spiritually dead,” he said.
The Psalm also points to a transition precious to God, a peace that never ends, a beautiful and blissful life in Heaven, Moore said.
He ended by reminding those left behind of the great reunion in Heaven that makes it possible to celebrate life knowing no one is separated forever from a loved one gone before.
Pruitt was born March 9, 1971, and died May 26, 2009. He is survived by his mother Louise Pruitt, his wife Tracie, son Jonathan, daughter Cheyenne, brothers Danny, Jimmy and Dale Jackson, and sisters Betty Echols, Bonnie Gurley and Janice Marsh.
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