Roger Daniel Pruett was born Jan. 2, 1950 in West Point, MS to Jimmie and Mildred Pruett. He went to be with the Lord after a sudden cardiac arrest on Aug. 9, 2020 in Katy, TX. He grew up in West Point, MS and graduated from West Point High School and Mississippi State University.
In 1974, he felt the Lord leading him to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, where he met his soulmate and friend for life, Sandy Phillips. They were married on Aug. 21, 1976.
He served in various ministry positions throughout his adult life, both vocationally and voluntarily, in Mississippi, Texas and Iowa. While in Graham, he began his 36-year career with the utility company TXU/Luminant where some of his proudest accomplishments were being named as corporate safety director and investing in the lives of students through a scholarship/training program. He retired to Weston Lakes, TX in the west Houston area to be near his two children, Jonathan Pruett (Jessie- wife, Paiton- 11, Parker- 8, Paisley- 4) and Alicia Palmerton (Bryanthusband, Audrey- 5, Stephen- 3, Ava-Grace- 2, baby on the way).
Some of Roger’s fondest childhood memories were playing with cousins and friends in West Point, staying at his grandmother’s, and playing in a state championship baseball series.
As the kids were growing up in Fairfield, Roger was intentional to participate in their activites, including band boosters, in-town and away sporting events, and church youth events.
He was very involved at First Baptist Church of Fairfield by serving as a deacon, high school boys’ Sunday School teacher/mentor, kid’s church leader, and in many other capacities. As a licensed minister, he served on two different occasions as interim youth minister and interim music miinister at First Baptist.
Since retiring in 2015, some of his favorite pasttimes and hobbies were spending time with grandkids, travelling with Sandy, singing in the church choir, golfing with friends, and watching Hallmark movies.
Some of Roger’s proudest family moments were participating in the “two awesome weddings” of his kids as well as watching them grow up and follow Jesus. It made him happy spending time with his golf buddies, getting hugs from grandkids, and waking up next to Sandy.
Roger had a smile and personality that would light up the room. He was adored by his family and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was full of life, having the athleticism of a 20-year-old. He was 70 years young and fit 90 years of living into those 70 years. He finished strong, leaving a legacy of faith and a Godly example for his loved ones. On countless occasions Roger was the hands and feet of Jesus to those around him. Roger had a true servan’t heart, and we know he has already heard the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Roger was preceded in death by his loving parents Jimmie Pruett Jr. and Mildred Gertrude Fulgham Pruett, and two siblings, James Earl Pruett and Debra Ann Pruett.
Honorary Pallbearers for Mr. Pruett were Mike Matthews, Randy Phillips, John Bournias, David Meek, Hunter Rowe, Perry Hitt, Rick Rousso, Chip Fenner, Randy Armstrong, Frank Lategano, Gene Garrison, Richard Hicks, Efrain Gutierrez and Stephen Hoover.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kingsland Baptist Church Missions to honor Roger’s passion for serving others at Kingsland. org/PruettMemorial.