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Herbert Ray Pruitt, age 83, of Sparta, NC died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Alleghany Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sparta. He was born on August 30, 1928 to the late McKinley and Anice Evans Pruitt. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Reeves Pruitt; two brothers, Clifford Pruitt and Ralph Pruitt; four sisters, Gladys Evans, Lula Evans, Rozell Harless and Reba Clodfelter. He is survived by two step-daughters, Lucy Pollard and Betty Guynn both of Sparta; six step-grandchildren, Rob Pollard and wife Mandy, Greg Pollard and wife Jodi, Chrissy Chandler and husband Charlie, Crystal Douglas, Don Guynn and Rhiannon Adams; seven step-great-grandchildren, Candace Douglas, Landon Douglas, Madison Douglas, Braden Pollard, Preston Pollard Sawyer Chandler and Joseph Wiles; one sister, Rosa Lee Cooper of Sparta; special caregivers, Betty Dixon, Cindy Braxton and Cheri Elliott; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Grandview Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the South Fork Cemetery in Piney Creek. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Crystal Douglas, 303 Duncan Street, Sparta, NC 28675. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Grandview Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 10, Sparta, NC 28675 to assist with the funeral expenses. Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta is serving the Pruitt family.