Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:22 AM
Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Deacon Pruitt, of Suitland Road Baptist Church, dies at 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
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.
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.
May they rest in peace
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.