Joan Pritchett

Joan Crawford Pritchett, age 77, ran into the arms of Jesus, her sweet Savior, on March 20, surrounded by her loved ones from her home in Martin. She was a beloved wife of 57 years to James H. Pritchett Sr,; a dearly loved mom to Jim Pritchett Jr. (Suzanne); and a cherished Momma Joanie to James H. Pritchett III and Lydia Elizabeth Pritchett. Joan was born in Memphis on April 13, 1942 to John and Scyble Crawford. She
graduated from Bartlett High School and was educated through master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she met her husband, James. They were married on Dec. 23, 1962. After graduation, she served in a variety of educational roles from teacher to principal to supervisor to school board member over five decades. She was a long-time and active member of First Baptist Church of Martin. Joan was a kind, gentle, loving and treasured educator. She taught thousands of you in Weakley County; she greeted children with bright smiles and hugs at Martin Primary School as their principal; she taught at UTM as an amazing adjunct professor and at the Weakley County Board of Education as a kind, hard-working, endearing supervisor of grades K-8; until made impossible by the progression of her illness, Joan faithfully served on the Weakley County School Board until 2015. Her favorite students were grandchildren, James and Lydia, using creativity and object lessons to teach them new things every day. She was so proud of both of them and the adults they are now. She was greeted in Heaven by her parents, John and Scyble Crawford; her sister, Mary
Kathryn (Snooky) Crawford O’Brien; a host of delighted angels; and by her closest Friend, Jesus Christ. In the interest of safety, a graveside service for family and close friends only will be conducted at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at East Side Cemetery in Martin. Bro. David Brown, Dr. Mike Sams and Dr. Sing Oldham will officiate. A public celebration of her life will be announced in the future. Online tributes may be left at

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