FORT WORTH Sterling H. Pruitt Jr., F.I.C.A., a chiropractor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, of natural causes.

Memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today in Greenwood Chapel. Longtime patient, the Rev. F.J. Pearce, and cousin, Dr. Jeffery Pruitt, will officiate with Greenwood Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Sterling H. Pruitt Jr. was born in Honeygrove, son of Dr. and Mrs. Sterling H. Pruitt Sr. He spent his childhood in Glen Rose, before moving to Fort Worth. He graduated from Paschal High School and attended TCU and TWC. After receiving his undergraduate basic science certificate from TWC, he was accepted and received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. During that time he was chosen one out of 18 in a class of 116 to participate in the B.J. Palmer Research Clinic. He practiced with his father for three years before he went into his own private practice in west Fort Worth. He recently celebrated his 50th year as a straight upper cervical practitioner.

Over the years he was an elected president of the Chiropractic Society of Texas for several terms, state representative of The International Chiropractic Association for many years and director for the Federation of Straight Chiropractic Organization. He was honored in 1971 as a distinguished fellow of the International Chiropractic Association for his outstanding service to his profession and to his fellow man, a title he cherished.

Throughout his life he had participated in the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Big Brothers, various political campaigns and different degrees of Masonary.

His life was chiropractic, golf and ranching. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and Ridglea Country Club, where he was known as Doc/Precious Pruitt. He loved ranching, hunting and horse racing.

In his high school years he was know for his skills as a boxer and champion in the Golden Gloves. From childhood he knew he wanted to be a chiropractor and a rancher. He led a full, opinionated life. He was loved and will be missed by all.

Survivors include loving wife of 27 years, Toni Pruitt; his daughters, Vicki Pruitt, Gwen Pruitt and Lori Walker; six grandchildren; and cousins, friends and patients.

Published Oct. 2, 2008

Glen Rose Reporter