Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1947

Elzie Pruett ELZIE "SQUIRT" PRUETT, JR., 83, passed peacefully in his sleep to his Heavenly home on Feb. 11 ,2011 at his home in Ranger, TX with burial was in Merriman Cemetery near Ranger. He was born in Ranger on Jan. 9, 1928, to Elzie Pruett & Alice Ransom Crawford in Ranger, TX, the youngest of seven children. They were a very close, loving family. He attended school in Ranger. Learning at an early age the importance of work, he and cousins Floyd Caraway and Lee Crawford worked at Crawley Motors, washing cars and pumping gas. It was here that Price Crawley and Elzie’s brother-in- law, Bill Johnston, would give him the nickname “Squirt”. The family called him Jr., but “Squirt” would stick with him all through his life. As a teenager he went to work in the west Texas oil fields. In 1946 Elzie joined the Army Air Corps, and upon his discharge, drove Tom’s Peanuts & Candy truck, then became a route salesman for M.L. King Dr Pepper. Going back to West Texas, he worked for Farmer Trucking Co., Yale E. Key and The Superior Oil Company. In late 1950’s Elzie moved to California, went to work for American Lignite Co., and J.W. Walsh, Co.where he rebuilt aircraft generators. In 1963 Elzie went to work for the California Youth Authority, as a Stationary Engineer at Preston School of Industry in lone California until he was retired in 1980. In 1971, Elzie met Jeane Baldwin (Hammock), they fell in love and were married in Ranger, TX in March of 1974 by Reverend Jack Hopkins in Ranger’s First United Methodist Church. Two months after their marriage Elzie and Jeane returned to California and lived there until they moved back to Ranger in Feb. of 1981. Elzie & Jeane, having much in common, enjoyed so many of life’s blessings. Both were musicians, loved music, played and sang together as a band in California, for enjoyment of others at special gatherings, loved camping and fishing at Silver Lake, CA. Boating and water skiing were also favorites. Elzie shared with Jeane the strong desire for the people in his home of Ranger to work together for the betterment of the entire town. His love for his home, Ranger, TX, was extremely evident as he put all his efforts into the preservation of its history, and along with his wife Jeane founded the Ranger Historical Preservation Society, planning many projects for the future and all the good things that could be in Ranger. When anyone would ask him- “Elzie (or Squirt), what do you do?”, one of his favorite sayings was “Oh, I follow Jeane”. He was always mindful to let Jeane know how proud he was of her love for, and interest in Ranger. Elzie was a member of the Ranger First United Methodist Church, Ranger, Historical Preservation Society, the American Legion and EAA Chapter 956 in Eastland. He excelled in anything he put his mind to do, whether it was keeping up maintenance on his vehicle, or rebuilding its motor, remodeling an old home, or building one from the ground up. Elzie “Squirt” Pruett, Jr. is survived by his wife Jeane; one son, Rickey Alan Pruett, Sr. and wife Billie Jo, Sutter Creek, CA; one daughter, Donna Sue and husband David Baker, Pine Grove, CA; one step-son David Lee Hammock and wife Ava, Yreka, CA; two step- daughters, Donna Jeane Jamison, San Luis Obispo, CA; Billie Jo Pruett and husband Rickey Alan Pruett, Sr., Sutter Creek, CA; and one step son-in-law Jim Bridges, Mountain Ranch, CA; brother-in-law, David Reynold Pait Baldwin, Jr. and wife Bertha; sister-in-law, Mary Virginia “Jenny” and husband J.C. Landin, Jr. Eleven grandchildren and twenty four great-grand-children; many nieces, nephews, cousins, numerous friends and care givers who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his father Elzie Pruett, Sr. on December 3, 1952; and mother Alice Crawford Pruett on July 26, 1969; four sisters, Billie Itura Tuder, Juanita Dee Key, Dolly Dean Pruett Willingham, Ima Mae Pruett Johnston (RHS-1937); two brothers, Clinton "W.C." Pruett (an infant), Kenneth E. Pruett (RHS-1939); and step-daughter Virginia Louise “Jinger” Bridges.