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Gary Pruitt

Feb 28th, 1957 - Dec 2nd, 2023

Memorial Ceremony:  5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Memorial Gathering:  4 until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home


     Gary Bruce Pruitt, age 66, of Olney, Illinois, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 2, 2023, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.  Gary was born on February 28, 1957, in Flora, to the late Evelyn G. Pruitt.  Throughout his life, Gary was a steadfastly devoted and caring son to his mom, who passed away in 2016.

     A graduate of Flora High School Class of 1975, he later worked in the oil fields and, for a time, sold real estate in Michigan for Coldwell Banker.  He often enjoyed opportunities to go fishing and sometimes participated in fishing tournaments.

     Gary was a people person, known for his easygoing nature, hearty laughter, and knack for spinning a pretty good yarn.  Old friends and family were his favorite kind of people, and get-togethers were filled with smiles when he shared funny stories and reminisced about many memories from the past, including his childhood and teenage years.  Cookouts and picnics were his happy places and the perfect chance to relax and visit.  Gary was also someone who often struck up conversations with complete strangers at restaurants, almost always finding something in common to chat about from table-to-table.

     His loyalty extended to his furry dog companions, who are likely having a joyful reunion on the other side in heaven.  Everyone will agree that beneath Gary’s larger-than-life exterior was a heart that left a lasting impression on all who crossed paths with him.

     Gary is survived by a family of cousins, second cousins, and extended family.  He was preceded in passing by his mother and a number of aunts and uncles.

     A relaxed memorial gathering will be held from 4 until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  A memorial ceremony and time of remembrance will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Please bring your memories of Gary to share.  Private burial will take place later at Bunker Cemetery in Rinard. To share a memory online, visit:


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Brenda Briscoe

December 6th

So sorry for the loss of your loved one Gary was a very caring person.

Terry Igert

December 6th

Gary was always such a nice guy!!! We are so sorry for your family!!! We will be praying for you!!!

Walter J. Chaney

December 6th

Condolences to his family! Prayers for comfort!

shelby davis

December 6th

gary was long time friemd will miss you shelby

Ed and Debbie Crown

December 6th

Fly high cousin!

Dave & Jackie Pruitt

December 6th

We will forever miss you Heavy!

Emil, Jennifer and Paula

December 6th

So sorry to hear the passing of Gary. We always loved talking with him and the stories he told. Definitely will miss him.

Terri Morgan

December 7th

Wish we could have seen you on the last visit. Say hi to Aunt Evelyn. Will miss you Gary.

Tammie Camden-Vessechia

December 7th

I will always remember the good times we had together. Thank you cuz for all the love, support, and just being a friend when I needed one. You were always like a brother. I love you and will miss you so much. Fly high Gary and I’ll see ya on the flip side 💔

Jennifer Franklin Smith

December 8th

Gonna miss talking to Gary, he could definitely keep you entertained with his wild stories..,,and the crazy part is, you knew he was telling the truth!..Rest Easy Pruitt..see ya later😘

Kim Ojeda

December 9th

I was so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was such a nice person. He will be missed.

kevin billingskey

December 11th

you couidn,t ask for a better friend he would do anything for a person had a lot of together he was a great guy.

Carl and Dana Zimmerman

December 14th

So saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He was a true friend and will be remembered in each sunset. Rest now and visit with family and friends who have gone before you.

Linda Tarlton & Bill Hoffman

February 17th

RiP Gary. Gonna miss those late, late chats with ya. Always making me laugh. Condolences to your family.



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