William Howard “Bill” Pruitt, Jr.

Bill Pruitt, Chatham High School Class of 1965

Bill Pruitt, in a snapshot from the 40-year reunion of his high school graduating class (photo by Fred and Dorothy Jones Robertson).

PRUITT, William Howard Jr. "Bill," 65, of Crozier, Va., passed away on May 25, 2013 at home after fighting a courageous battle of ALS. He was preceded in death by his father, William H. Pruitt; and Jere Brown Pruitt, the mother of his children. He was a Retired Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Central Fidelity Banks, Inc.

He was born on September 30, 1947 in Chatham, Virginia, and was a member of the Chatham High School Class of 1965. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech, 1969, magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics and history, and a graduate of National Commercial Lending School and National Commercial Lending Graduate School, University of Oklahoma.

He was a past member of Robert Morris Associates, a national association of bank credit officers, Director of Carolinas / Virginia Chapter of Robert Morris Associates, President of the Richmond Group - RMA Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University. He was a past member, director and President, Richmond Host Lions Club, Past Director and Budget Committee Chairman, Robert E. Lee Council of Boy Scouts of America, Past Board member of Powhatan YMCA, active in fund raising campaigns for United Way, YMCA and Boy Scouts. He was commissioner, 1990 to 2003 and Chairman, 1999 to 2003, Powhatan County Planning Commission, Certified Planning Commissioner, Trustee 1980 to 2007, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Investment, Audit Committees, Director, 1997 to 2008 Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Audit Committee Chairman, Intermediate Sanctions Committee Chairman, Past Director and Chairman of Board Loan Committee, F & M Bank of Richmond, Founding Director and Past Chairman of the Board, Peoples Bank of Virginia, Past Director Powhatan County Crime Solvers.

He was a lover of people, animals small and large, the great outdoors, golf, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, India Cann Pruitt; and two children, four grandchildren, Trevor Pruitt (Cindy), Abby, Blake, Amien Pruitt Dulio (Anthony), Aislin and Allie, all of Powhatan; and his mother, Helen Earles Pruitt of Chatham, Virginia.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, May 30, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, West Chapel, 11020 West Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River, P.O. Box 112, Crozier, VA 23039, or Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, P.O. Box 116, Goochland, VA 23063.

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