Billy C. Pruett

October 4, 1945 - January 15, 2023

Billy C. Pruett, 77, of Vidor, died Sunday, January 15, 2023.  He was born on October 4, 1945, in Grand Prairie, Texas to Christine M. Brooks and Silas D. Pruett Jr.

Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1974.  He was a Vietnam Veteran.  While in the military he earned his Bachelor’s degree and was an Air Traffic Controller.  Anyone who knew Bill heard many stories of his years working for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller in Kansas City and in Houston.  Bill left Air Traffic Control and moved to Junior Achievement eventually becoming the President of the Beaumont, Texas office until he retired.  However, he got bored and returned to work for TDCJ as the Project REO Coordinator and then for the Census Bureau before he retired (again).

Bill had a servant’s heart and he showed this through his commitment to his church and community.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor, Texas.  He also served on numerous boards throughout the years to help individuals with special needs, especially intellectual disabilities.  He was a dedicated board member at Spindletop MHMR for many years.

Family was the most cherished thing for Bill Pruett.  He always made sure that they knew he loved them and supported them in everything they did.  His survivors include:  his daughter Deanna Maddox and her husband Cole, of Belton, Missouri; his daughter Deidre Powell and her husband, Rick, of Vidor, Texas; his daughter Melissa Posey of Vidor, Texas; his daughter Melanie Pruett of Vidor, Texas; and grandchildren, Troy Allen and wife, Kim, of Vidor, Texas; Austin Powell and wife, Cinderella, of Vidor, Texas; Kody Powell and wife, Lindsey, of Pearland, Texas; Tyler Powell of Beaumont, Texas; Roger Rolfes and fiancee Candi, of Vidor, Texas; Ashley Rolfes of College Station, Texas; Taylor Posey of Vidor, Texas; David Maddox and wife, Renee of Belton, Missouri; and Damon Maddox of Belton, Missouri; and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leola (Tina) Pruett; brothers, Leroy Pruett and Dewey Pruett; sister, Lema Rodriquez; daughter, Jackie Leslie; grandson, Darren Hines Jr.; son, Mark Pruett; and grand daughter in law, Sheena Yarbrough Powell.

Cremation arrangements for Mr. Pruett were handled by Broussard’s Crematorium through Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.

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