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In Memoriam


Ruth Smith-Pryor
Ruth Smith-Pryor
Class of 1949


Chesapeake - Ruth Smith Pryor, 81, of the 2700 block of Meadow Drive E, passed sday, August 8, 2013. A native of Clemmons, N.C., she graduated from Cradock High School in 1949 and retired from Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock (Norshipco) in 1998. She was a member of Alexander Baptist Church, the Shining Light Sunday School Class, Order of the Eastern Star-Chapter 16, and the Green Meadow Point Garden Club.
She enjoyed walking her best pal, Molly, and spending time with her family and friends, especially during the holidays, at church and Eastern Star. She loved gardening and watching for the cardinals and hummingbirds from her favorite chair at home.
She was predeceased by her parents, Charlie and Nannie Smith and by her husband, William C. Pryor, two sisters Mary Sandford, Faye Vance, and a brother Gray Smith.
Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly A. Pryor of Chesapeake; two sisters, Elsie Murray of Suffolk and Nancy Hogan of Chesapeake; four brothers, David and Jeanette Smith of Advance, N.C., Wayne and Bonnie Smith of Carrollton, Forrest and Anna Smith of Chesapeake and Andrew Joseph Smith of Portsmouth; and a sister-in-law, Doris P. Worley of Hillsborough, N.C.
The family expresses thanks for the care and compassion of Dr. Fred Crum. A special thanks to Dr. Martin Harpen, along with Dr. Vandana A. Patel, Dr. Snehal Damle, Dr. Mark Iacobucci and Dr. Roger W. Newsom who gave her 5 additional years of life. Also, Dr. Joseph Koen, Dr. Deborah Giorgi-Guarnieri, Dr. Daniel Garner, Dr. Jonathan Partington, Dr. Rex Biedenbender, Dr. Subramanian Malaisamy, Dr. E. Aubrey Murden, Jr. and Dr. Thomas J. Duntemann. Thanks to the supporting nurses, staff and administration at all of the respective doctors' offices. Appreciation to the nurses, aids, therapists and staff at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours-Maryview Nursing Center. Additional thanks to her sister Nancy and to Laura Emons for their steadfast love and support over the last 5 years, and especially to her sister, Nancy, during the last 4 months of her life.
A funeral was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel by the Revs. Gene V. Primm and Bryan Ray. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

Published in The Virginian Pilot from August 9 to August 11, 2013