FRANCIS EMERY PRITCHETT

Francis Emery “Short” Pritchett, age 82, of Mount Ayr, IA, formerly of Gentry, MO died at his home, November 9, 2020 in Mount Ayr.
Francis more commonly known as “Short” was born February 2, 1938 at the family home near Parnell, MO. His parents were Walter and Edith (Milligan) Pritchett.
Short was a graduate of Grant City High School Class of 1956. After graduating Short joined the military, serving his country over twenty years in the Missouri National Guard.
He was united in marriage to Marilyn Jo (Richmond), October 8, 1960. To this union four children were born. Marilyn preceded him in death on June 2, 2007.
He and Marilyn were the owner/operators of Pritchett Grocery and Service in Gentry, MO before retiring. It has been said that Short would do mechanic work on anything from chainsaws to combines.
He also loved to go camping and going to Texas for the winter. It wasn’t unusual for Short to be found somewhere in the campsite working on a car, camper or even a washing machine.
Short was a member of the Gentry Christian Church, Gentry, MO.
On January 17, 2008 Short was united in marriage to Marilyn K. (Graham) at the Christian Church in Donna, TX. They continued their love of camping and traveling if Short’s health permitted.
Short was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Marilyn, an infant daughter, Connie Sue Pritchett, one sister,Virginia Sherman, and a brother, Eugene Pritchett.
His survivors include: his wife, Marilyn K. Pritchett, of the home in Mount Ayr, one daughter, Kay (Jim) Brockmeyer, Buckner, MO, sons, Larry Pritchett, Gentry, MO and Emery (Pam) Pritchett, Ravenwood, MO, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, five brothers, Charles, Donald, Dave, Tim and Dan Pritchett, and one sister, Deborah.
Graveside services and burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Denver, MO. Friends gathered anytime at the funeral home where the family gathered from 9:30-10:30 on Friday before the service. Social distancing and face masks are recommended. The service was live-streamed on Andrews-Hann Funeral Home Facebook page.
Memorials are to the Gentry Christian Church.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City, MO.

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