Jerry Wayne Pritchett, 28, son of Robert and Sheila Pritchett Derrick, was born June 2, 1979, at Houston. He died May 1, 2008, at Raymondville.

He grew up at Raymondville and fulfilled his dream of being a fireman by becoming a member of the Raymondville Fire Dept. The fire station was his home away from home.

He married Candace Collins Nov. 22, 2000. They had three children.

Mr. Pritchett worked in construction and always had something on his agenda: work, hunting, fishing or hanging out with his many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Larry and Vera Derrick.

Surviving are his wife; three children, Kaleb Austin, Dontae Newman and Makenna Rayne; parents of Raymondville; one brother, Brandon Derrick; one sister, Susan Pritchett; his grandparents, Art and Aleda Oglesby and Donald Pritchett; and great-grandmother, Mabel Pritchett.

Services were May 5 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Maggie Kramer officiating. Burial was in the Mahan Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Jerry Pritchett Children’s Education Fund in care of First National Bank, Houston.

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