Many members of the Senior Center at Ashland City held a memorial service last week for Bob Pruitt, who passed away just before Thanksgiving last year.

Pruitt was a close companion of longtime Senior Center member Ruby Johns of Ashland City for 10 years. He became a frequent visitor to the Senior Center after meeting Johns. Approximately 150 people attended the service.

“When Bob (Pruitt) died, he had requested that he didn’t want a service and didn’t want anything,” Senior Center Director Melissa Womack said. 

Womack said that she struggled with the request because of the substantial grieving by many members, especially Johns.

“But I saw the struggles that Miss Ruby was having, especially without any closure,” Womack said. “I knew that Bob had so many friends from different connections here. So, I talked with Doris Burgess, and I said that I want to do a memorial for Bob so Miss Ruby can have closure with this.”

Pastor Wayne Bess Ashland City Free Will Baptist Church opened the memorial service with a tribute to Pruitt’s life that had become more and more devoted to his relationship with God which Johns had reinforced through faith and love.

Many shared memories and paid tribute in song.

“The older Bob got, what became what’s most important in his life was God, family, and friends,” Bess said. “Bob was a veteran serving our country, a proud American, loved music, was kind and humble.” 

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