Robert Prichard died peacefully with his wife by his side on March 26, 2019 in Ft. Thomas KY. Bob was born September 19, 1934 in Mill Creek, West Virginia. He was the son of the late James Lawrence Prichard and Bessie Ruth Hardin Prichard. He is survived by his loving wife Doris Ann Patton Prichard, daughter of the late Samuel and Susie Patton of Buchanan, KY and by his brother William Mack Prichard of Chehalis, WA. He was preceded in death by his sister Peggy Lou Thompson.
Bob and Doris were married on October 6, 1956 in Catlettsburg, KY and have two children, Deborah Rae Prichard (Carla) of Cold Spring, KY and Dr. Robert Lawrence Prichard Jr. (Jackie) of Villa Hills, KY and four grandchildren: Natalie Deering of Lexington, KY; Jennifer Kidwell (Michael) of Lexington, KY; Samuel Deering of Charlottesville, VA and Hannah Prichard of Ludlow, KY.
Bob spent his early years working alongside his parents in the poultry business and then began attending college part-time. In 1962 he and Doris moved with their children to Morehead, KY to pursue their college degrees.
Upon receiving his B.A. degree, Bob began coaching and teaching at Louisa High School in 1964. After a full day’s work, he would then drive to attend night classes at Morehead State College where he completed his M.A. degree in 1967 and his Rank One with Certifications in Guidance Counseling and Leadership (Principal and Superintendent) in 1969. His tenure at Louisa High School included teaching history and physical education, coaching basketball, baseball, football and golf, and serving as Guidance Counselor and Principal. In 1982 he was selected Superintendent of Lawrence County Schools and before retiring served one year as Title I Coordinator.
An active member of the community, Bob was a Kentucky Colonel, member of the Louisa United Methodist Church, member of the Apperson Lodge 495 of Louisa, Charter Member of the 1st Federal Savings and Loan, and Vice President of the 1st National Bank of Louisa.
When reflecting upon his life, Bob frequently talked about the joy he received from working with his students and athletes. He delighted in the athletic, academic and life achievements of his ballplayers and he was proud of the girls’ basketball program he and Doris started at Louisa High School. The Pups, as the team was known, won seven N.E.K.C. Championships in seven years.
He often stated, “it was a wonderful life.”
A memorial service will take place at Louisa United Methodist Church in Louisa, KY on Saturday April 6, 2019. Visitation will begin in the sanctuary at 10 AM; service at 11 AM and a reception will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Louisa United Methodist Church.