Ellie Joseph Pruiett, known to all as Joe, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on January 10, 2021, having reached the age of sixty-seven years and twenty- five days. Joe was born in St. Louis, MO on December 16, 1953, son of Charlie Coleman Pruiett and Una Rachel Pruiett nee Harbin. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have three children. On December 3, 1989 he was united in marriage to Mary Michelle Roller, known to all as Michelle, and two children came to bless this union.
Joe is survived by his wife, Michelle Pruiett of St. Clair, MO; by his children, Melonie Galloway and husband, Richard, of West Plains, MO, Melissa Bishop and husband, David, of West Plains, Brandon Joseph Pruiett and wife, Courtney, of West Plains, Mary Beth Pruiett of St. Clair and Jennifer Hilgert and husband, Aarron, of Wimauma, FL; by his mother-in-law, Evelyn Roller of St. Clair; by six siblings, Charlene Church and husband, Ed, of North Glenn, CO, Sandy McCracken of West Plains, Mary Hicks and husband, Duaine, of Pomona, MO, Bill Pruiett of West Plains, Doug Pruiett of Carthage, MO and Marty Pruiett of West Plains; by eight grandchildren, Morgan Rieck, Madison Walker and husband, Riley, Isaac Bishop, Ethan Squires, Hayden Pruiett, Elijah Joseph Hilgert, Lyla Pruiett and Kade Hilgert; by four great-grandchildren, Tucker Reid, Paisley Reid, Caseton Walker and Mavery Duggins; by aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Rachael Pruiett; by his father-in-law, David Roller; by four siblings, Rickie Pruiett, Judy Hill, Freddie Pruiett, infant Earnie Pruiett; and by one grandson, Brendan Hunter Bishop.
Joe was a Christian and member of Church of Christ in Union, MO. During his working career, he was employed by Kelpe Contracting, Inc. in Wildwood, MO for fifteen years, for the City of St. Clair as a Waste Water Specialist for six years and for the past five years owned and operated Joe Pruiett Contracting through his licensing with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He was a proud member of Laborers Local 110 in St. Louis for over twenty years. Joe was also a member of the National Rifle Association. He had many hobbies and interests throughout his life including hunting, fishing and camping. He loved to travel and ride his motorcycles; especially his Harley Davidson and more recently, his Honda Goldwing trike. He loved to grill and cook and was best known for his hot wings and chocolate gravy. Although, according to his grandchildren his pancakes were the best. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The memories they created will be cherished by them all; however, what they will miss the most is HIS WHISTLE.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Andrew Bryan and Jon Pruiett officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO. Memorials may be made to the family.