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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Deacon Pruitt, of Suitland Road Baptist Church, dies at 73

Ernest Herschel Pruitt, deacon at Suitland Road Baptist Church and retired Air Force TSgt., died Aug. 15. He was 73.

A native of Reading, Pa., he served 22 years with the Air Force, much of the time at the Pentagon. He earned a degree at Carolina College, Columbia, N.C., and in 1971 he married his married his sweetheart, Carolyn. They moved to Skyline in 1976.

After retiring from the military, he was an automotive manager for Sears and had his own automotive business in Fredericksburg, Va.

He was ordained deacon in 1991, under Dr. Kelvin McCune, pastor of Suitland Road Baptist Church. He served as a Sunday School teacher and in many other capacities at the church, and he also recorded Bible lessons for use in other countries.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn, daughter Crystal Pruitt, sisters Fern Lewis, Joan Parker and Voda Pruitt, and brothers Alvin and Tyrone Pruitt.

I asked Carolyn if Earnest had any hobbies and she told me he “loved teaching the Word of God.”

New District 7 Board of Education member

County Executive Rushern Baker has announced the appointment of Lyn J. Munday to the Board of Education, District 7, which is our district. She fills the vacancy left when Carletta Fellows resigned.


Congratulations to Sister Ghennet and Sister Tirhas on being sworn in as American citizens on Aug. 1. The sisters are from Eritrea, in Africa, and are nuns of the order of Daughters of St. Anne, an Italian order with motherhouse in Rome. The sisters live in a convent in Camp Springs.

Rhonda Maria Hearns and Anthony Carlos Stewart were wed Aug. 31 at St. Philip’s Church. Father Scott Hahn officiated.

Robert Van de Waag has been appointed principal at Bishop McNamara High School.

Motoko Howard, organist at St. Philip’s Church, performed on piano Aug. 29 for her Entrance Recital at Catholic University’s School of Music. She is working towards Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance.

Condolences to the families of Jacqueline Lukasewicz and Gus Steinhilber, both of whom have died recently. I’ll pay tribute to them in upcoming columns.

Coming up

Morningside holds its monthly Town Meeting at 8 p.m. Sept. 17, at the newly- refurbished Town Hall.

The Skyline Citizens Association meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at either the Morningside firehouse or at Skyline School. Some important people are already scheduled to speak.

Changing landscape

Hampton Inn & Suites is under construction on Mercedes Boulevard in Camp Springs, in a cul-de-sac along with Holiday Inn Express and Country Inn & Suites. Do we really need so many hotels?

May they rest in peace

Danny J. Brooke, 81, of Camp Springs, who worked for Pepco 37 years, retiring as Substation Foreman, died July 27. He was born in Plainview, Ark., the youngest of three sons. He played football, roller skated, coached, served with the National Guard, played a number of musical instruments (including organ and about 20 harmonicas), and sang all his life. I sang with Dan in St. Philip’s choir, enjoying his rich tenor. And he was fun, always leaving us laughing. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Dr. John Daniel Brooke and Michael Steven Brooke, and brother James Brooke. Fr. Edward Hegnauer was celebrant for the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Philip’s. As prelude to the Mass, guitarist Steve Dameron played the appropriate “Danny Boy.”

Leo Edward Handley, 65, formerly of Morningside, who retired as a lieutenant after 37 years with the District of Columbia Fire Department, died Aug. 28. He lived for many years on Maple Road before recently moving to Mitchellville. A native Washingtonian, he attended Archbishop Carroll High School. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda, daughters Lea Auman and Tracey King, five grandchildren, and his brothers Robert F. III and William.  


Happy birthday to Tom Anderson, Aug 30; Dan Needham, Frank Howard, Justine Poe, Paul M. Locke, my granddaughter-in-law Nina McHale, Sept. 6; Mike Dawes, Sept. 9; twins Robert Andrew Woods and John Dexter Woods, and Nan Brown, Sept. 10; Carol (Glaubitz) Lee, Sept. 11; Anthony Thomas and Hank Busky, Sept. 12.

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