Celebrating the life of Geraldine B. Pritchett
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Geraldine graduated from Luther H. Foster High School (Nottoway, VA) in 1961 and was a member of the Alumni Association. She accepted the Lord at an early age and matured into a seasoned expression of the character of God. She was joined in holy matrimony to Nathaniel L. Pritchett on October 4, 1961 in Washington, DC. She was a loving and caring wife. This October would have marked 49 years of marriage. To this union six children were born.
Geraldine was a mother, friend, and a confidant to five boys and one girl. They were all taller than Geraldine but she always reminded them that “the bigger they are the harder they fall.” Her hand at times was firm but her heart was always full of love for her children. She and her husband raised their children to first, love God and to be loving, respectable, kind, and compassionate to all regardless of color or class. She was a woman of order and she challenged her children to walk therein. She taught her children how to smile and enjoy the simple things in life. She was a natural comedian and passed that art to all of her children. She was a great storyteller and would keep you laughing about her “crazy” kids.
Geraldine was a grandmother to eleven grandchildren. She loved them dearly and talked about them as if they were her own (they were). The “silly things” her grandchildren do have been strength to her throughout the years. Geraldine was a great cook. Her children and her grandchildren loved her homemade pancakes, yams, corn pudding – the list goes on and on. If one of her children was coming home she would call ahead to find out what they would like and she would do her best to accommodate.
Geraldine was “big sister” to her siblings. She, Patty, and Rachel spent time shopping and dining out together…cousins Barbara and Rosemarie were there too. They were more than sisters. They were friends.
Geraldine worked at Fort Pickett for about 26 years. If you go on post, you would just have to say her name and someone would be able to point you to her office or tell you something good about her. She was a mother, friend, sister, mentor, and coach to many, especially for those she worked with closely. She cared deeply for the ladies she supervised. Her kindness, compassion, smiles, and laughter will be missed but never forgotten.
As you have read above, her life is truly an expression of God’s love in the earth. She was a burden-bearer (your burden was hers), grace (she could always see the best in you), and love (she unconditionally loved you). Without question she loved and lived for God. Because of the God in her, she was a “Matriarch” to many. To God be the Glory!! In the 60’s she partnered with six others to form Shiloh Church of God 7th Day in Washington, DC. Today, Shiloh is still a thriving assembly of the body of Christ. She will always be remembered at Shiloh for singing songs like “He Touched Me” and “O, How I Love Jesus” and being a loving friend and mother to so many. Over the years, she fellowshipped with Sharon SDA of Crewe, VA where she sang in the choir. In recent years, she and her husband have been fellowshipping at New Covenant Sabbath Apostolic Church where she was affectionately called by some “Mother Pritchett.”
Geraldine was predeceased by her brother, Robert C. Tucker and her sister Rosie M. Hawkes. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Nathaniel L. Pritchett; six children, Nathaniel Pritchett of Chicago, Illinois, Reginald Pritchett of Richmond, VA, Jerome Pritchett (LaTonya) of New Oxford, PA, Lonnell Pritchett (Nichole) of Silver Spring, MD, Towanda Vaughan (Anthony) of Richmond, VA, and Melvin Pritchett of Richmond, VA; eleven grandchildren, Dominique, Brittany, Caleb, J. Branden, Camren, Micah, Angela, Mikayla, Anthony, Vincent, and Hannah; four siblings, John L. Tucker, Jr. of Washington, DC, Pattie Sterns of Richmond, VA, Rachel Lewis of Blackstone, VA, and Rudolph Tucker (Tyrane) of Durham, NC; three brothers-in-law, Floyd Pritchett of Richmond, VA, James Pritchett of Savannah, GA, Curtis Pritchett of Tennessee; one sister-in-law, Elois Moore of Texas, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends, Thursday, March 25 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Services Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m at Lion of Judah Ministries, Blackstone with interment in the Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of the arrangements.
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