Terry Thomas Pruiett
June 29, 1948 – November 27, 2020
If Terry T. Pruiett were to write his own obituary, it would read something like this: “Terry Pruiett was born on June 29, 1948 and died on November 27, 2020.”
The end. Period.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel in Amarillo with Scott Davey of Grace Church officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park in Borger. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Because that dash between 1948-2020 holds 72 years of cherished memories for his family and friends, his family would like to expound on this humble man.
Terry Thomas Pruiett was born to Nova Jo and Thetis (Peanut) Pruiett on June 29, 1948 in Borger. His arrival completed the family of four and made his sister, Linda, a loving and forever protective big sister.
Four words best describe Terry: Faith. Family. Friends. Fords.
He learned to have Faith and came to know the Lord at a young age. The teachings of the Bible were forever molded into his heart and guided him for a lifetime.
Terry learned the importance of Family from his parents’ strong emphasis on family ties. His maternal grandparents, Annie and William Newman, kept their flock of children close with frequent family gatherings. Summertime meant travels to Ava, Missouri, to visit paternal grandparents, Cordia and Ebb Pruiett, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Although somewhat introverted and reserved, Friends meant everything to Terry. Those who earned his trust became his friends forever.
His passion was Fords and he never wavered from the brand. He learned about them at a young age from his father who also was a “Ford man.” Terry grew up in the muscle car era and had a particular soft spot for, well, … basically any Ford but preferred those with a kick of horsepower: Mustangs, Shelby’s, Cobras, Falcons, Thunderbolts, Torino’s, Thunderbirds, Street Rods, Trucks … you get the idea.
Terry graduated from Borger High School in 1966, attended Frank Phillips College, and earned an Associates degree in Computer Programming from Draughon’s Business College in Amarillo, Texas.
However, he discovered sitting at a computer all day wasn’t for him. He soon went to work at Phillips Petroleum Copolymer Plant in Borger where he “stacked rubber” eight hours a day. Because of his long hair and era-fashionable lamb chop sideburns, his coworkers nicknamed him “Hippy,” a name that stayed with him throughout his career.
With a knack for mechanic work, Terry moved to Pampa, Texas, with Phillips in 1972 as an industrial mechanic. There his knowledge of what makes an engine run shined bright as he worked in the fields and booster stations across the eastern Texas Panhandle. He retired at a time when mergers and name changes were gearing up in the petroleum industry so what was originally Phillips had changed to Duke Energy.
It seemed Terry had a difficult time distinguishing the difference between retirement and working hard so he often chose the later. Whether it was maintaining an immaculate weed-free lawn, installing a sprinkler system across two acres or overhauling an engine, it was always done to perfection. Those who knew him learned to appreciate his fussiness.
Life for Terry wasn’t all work and no play. He relished in road trips that went anywhere. In particular cross-country motorcycle trips with longtime friends. However, spending time with his grandchildren was “Papa’s” favorite moments. Even Fords took a back seat to the happiness they brought to his life.
His loved ones will forever miss Terry’s “gotcha” sense of humor and his uncanny ability to never forget details. Never. No kidding … never.
Survivors include his wife Cathy Pruiett of Amarillo; son Terry Lee Pruiett and wife Kimberly of Canyon and sister Linda Walton of Amarillo. Grandchildren Charlotte, Penelope and Harvey. Plus a gazillion family members and friends he truly loved.
Viewing will be available from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.
Use this link to view the service: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t13nE_BC4EQNCxAAhIHVeYCQKAYFzic-/view?usp=sharing
Terry had a soft spot for the youth at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and for years donated his car magazines to their automotive shop. Please consider making a donation to Boys Ranch in lieu of flowers. https://www.calfarley.org/waystogive/
Pedal to the metal, Terry T. Pruiett. Godspeed.