Mar 042011

John Gregory Pritchett, 54 of Holbrook, passed away with his loving wife at his side on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Private services are planned.

He was born April 27, 1956, in Decatur, Ill., to Robert Schwartz and Georgia Mae Koons.

John was in retail sales all his life and started right out of high school with JC Penney. He then started a bookstore and snack shop for the Palos Verdes Faith Center in Torrance, Calif., and then for the Heritage Family Fellowship in Anaheim, Calif. Following his time in Anaheim, he began to work for Mervyns department store. He then continued his work in retail for Linens and Things, and Michaels craft store.

His most recent employer was Alco in Holbrook, where he was promoted to store manager in September. John was admired for his hard work and dedication to his job. Many times people would often compliment John on his work, and many strived to be more like him. He most recently inspired many by returning to work just four weeks after surgery due to complications of an illness. His district managers always looked to John for anything that needed done.

John always seemed to meet friends wherever he went and never knew a stranger.

On March 11, 1978, he married the love of his life and soulmate, Kerry Lynne Clayton, and they enjoyed many wonderful years and trips together before his passing.

A very humble man, he will be missed by all.

Survivors include his loving wife, Kerry Pritchett of Holbrook, formerly of California; his mother, Georgia Mae Pritchett of Hemet, Calif.; five sisters, Cindy Denison of Lexington, Tenn., Christine Jackson of Salem, Ore., Debby Freeman of Los Angeles, Calif., Becky Burns of Montague, Calif., and Lori Jenkins of Yulee, Fla.; three brothers, Marc Schwartz of Yulee, Robert Schwartz of Westmont, Ill., and Dennis Schwartz of Salem, Ore.; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Schwartz; his dad, John Frank Pritchett; and a nephew, Aaron Denison.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in John’s name to the Heritage Family Fellowship, P.O. Box 511, Anaheim, Calif. 92815, telephone (714) 817-1900.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.