MARY ALLEN LANIER PRUITT was in the Ranger High
School Class of 1943 at Ranger, TX. She was the
daughter of O.G. & Dora Elizabeth Lanier. Her
brother was O.G. Lanier, Jr. (RHS-1948). She
was married to Walter Pruitt and they were living
in Lubbock at the time of her death in 1998. Their
son, Allen Pruitt, lives in Abilene.
HUSBAND: WALTER PRUITT, age 78, of Abilene, died
August 4, 2005 at Hendrick Medical Center after an
extended illness. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial
Park in Midland, TX.
Walter was born June 11, 1927 in Hillsboro, TX
to parents Byron & Annie Belle Pruitt. He graduated
from Hillsboro High School and then attended the
University of Texas where he graduated in 1949 with
a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He
received his CPA certification in 1956. Mr. Pruitt
was a financial officer and CPA for land, cattle and
energy companies in Midland, Amarillo, and Phoenix
before retiring in Lubbock and then moving to Abilene
in 1999. He was in the U.S. Navy and a veteran of
While residing in Midland, Mr. Pruitt was a charter
member and deacon of the Golf Course Road Church of
Christ. He also served as a deacon of the Central
Church of Christ in Amarillo. Mr. Pruitt was currently
a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents Byron and
Annie Belle Pruitt and his wife of 48 years, Mary Allen
Pruitt (RHS-1943). At the time of his death, he was
survived by his wife Donice Pruitt of Abilene, one
son, Allen Pruitt and his wife Celeste of Midland;
one daughter, Celeste Thompson and husband Mark of
Lubbock, one sister, Barbara Link and husband Al of
Pueblo, CO; three grandchildren, Melani and Morgan
Pruitt and Claire Thompson.
MOTHER: DORA ELIZABETH LANIER, 100, died in Midland, TX
on April 11, 2000. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery
in Ranger, TX. She was preceded in death by her
husband, O.G. Lanier in 1969 and by her daughter,
Mary Allen Pruett (RHS-1943) in 1998.
Survivors are her son, O.G. Lanier, Jr., and his
wife, Dean of Voss, Texas; sisters, Rena Bray of
Fort Worth and Faye McCullough of Carnegie, OK;
grandchildren, Celeste Thompson of Lubbock, Joel
Lanier of Seminole, Jon Lanier of Midland and
Allen Pruitt of Abilene; 5 great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.