John Eldridge Prunty Sr., 75, of Peoria, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, October, 26, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, with Rev. Simon J. Holly, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
John was born on April 9, 1936 in Auburn, AR, a son of Charlie and Beatrice (Beverly) Prunty. He married Nancy C. Flowers on April 27, 1955 in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by his children, Gregory L. Flowers of Peoria, Debra Prunty (Theodoric) Horne of Peoria, John E. (Wendy Hintz) Prunty Jr. of San Diego, CA, Danny (Alta) Mayes of Peoria and Victor King of Peoria; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and sister, Charline Pearson of Ft. Worth, TX.
John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, CB Parris; and granddaughter, Latasha Sledge.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a Military Police officer, from 1957 to 1959.
John retired in 1995, after thirty-three years of service, as a Core Setter at the Mapleton Foundry for Caterpillar Inc.
He attended Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church and was a former member of the Wilson Lodge 24 AF&AM.
John enjoyed listening to the Blues, watching Chicago Bulls basketball, visiting his family and watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to Illinois Cancer Care or to Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church.