Curtis Pruett, 90, former chief financial officer of Harrison Poultry, died on August 30, 2019.

Pruett was a lifelong resident of Barrow County, Georgia, where he attended Bethlehem First United Methodist Church. He served in the Georgia National Guard from 1948 until 1960, earning the rank of master sergeant. He graduated from Winder High School and Athens Business College.

Pruett became Harrison Poultry’s first employee in July 1959, and served as the company’s CFO for more than 50 years until he retired in February 2010. He was a trusted, lifelong friend of Harrison Poultry’s founder, R. Harold Harrison.

“Those at Harrison Poultry who had the privilege of working with Curtis will deeply miss him. He was well respected by all who knew him — not only for his financial expertise but also for his kind, humble and gentle demeanor. Mr. Pruett’s friendly smile was recognized throughout the community,” Harrison Poultry said in a press release. “Mr. Harrison often said he trusted Mr. Pruett with his finances more than he trusted himself and once noted that he owed more of his success to Curtis than to anyone.”

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Pruett was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert Curtis Pruett and Lizzie Mae Ridgeway Pruett.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Sikes Pruett; his son, Michael Pruett (Traci); two grandchildren, John Curtis Pruett and Kerrigan Pruett; four nieces and two nephews; sister-in-law, Loretta Waters (Julian); and brother-in-law, Richard Sikes (Jean).

Funeral arrangements have taken place at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church, with interment in the church cemetery.