Local historian Jerry "Hickory" Pryor died September 6, 2017 at age 85. He was born to Marguerite (Robb) and Frank "Hickory" Pryor on June 30, 1932, in Carterville, Mo.
His interest in local history culminated in a book called "Southwest Missouri Mining", published in 2000. He wrote notes for the Webb City Sentinel and served as archivist for the Webb City Historical Society.
Jerry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His career at the Missouri Highway Department spanned 38 years. He designed highways that run from Kansas City to the Arkansas line. A totem pole he built with his friend. Charles Rand. stands along Route 66 in Carterville.
Jerry is survived by his children, Kelli Pryor (Andrew Rosenstein), Maine, Robb Pryor, Lakeside, and Shelly Landreth Terry (Vaughn), Carl Junction; his grandchildren, Mae and Sylvie Pryor Rosenstein, Maine, Devon Crews, Columbia, and Sierra Schorzman, Joplin, and Garrett Terry, Carl Junction, Ashleigh (Jeff) Baxter, of Carl Junction, and Meagan (Caleb) Spangler, Joplin; and two great-grandchildren, Piper and Bear Baxter.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 22, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Private interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 21, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Alzheimer's Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home Webb City.
Published on September 17, 2017