Joe Dean Pritchard, 67, of Cliffside, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Hospice House of Rutherford County.
A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Raleigh and Evelyn Pritchard, and also preceded in death by a brother, Tony Pritchard. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War.
Joe was a former law enforcement officer beginning his career with Spindale Fire & Police, and was also employed by Forest City Police Department for a number of years. He then worked for Pinkerton Security in Charlotte, where he retired as a captain over all security personal for Duke Power Company. Following his retirement, he was employed as a salesman with First Industrial Supply, Spindale.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Pritchard of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, LaJuanda and Jason Bond of Asheville; a number of friends, nieces and nephews, and his faithful companion, Buddy.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harrelson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bob Philbeck officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.