William Ellis Pruett, son of the late James and Bertha Teualton Pruett, was born near Bernie on Feb. 6, 1915 and died at Dexter on Oct. 3, 2001, at the age of 86. Mr. Pruett had spent his entire life in Stoddard County. He was in the Mercantile Business for 20 years south of Dexter, then moved to Frisco before moving to the Aid Community in 1956 where he remained in the store business for 10 years. He then was Regional Sales Manager for the National Motor Club of Dallas, Texas, covering Mo., Ark., Tenn., Kent., Ill. and part of Kan. Mr. Pruett had been a member of Liberty Hill General Baptist Church in Aid since 1957. On Sept. 18, 1937, he was united in marriage to Rosa Pruett, she survives of the home in Bloomfield. To this union four children were born. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Gale Pruett of Bloomfield; by two daughters, Freda Mott of Guthery, Okla. and Vicki Griffin of Edmond, Okla.; by five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son. Visitation will held at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Chapel with Rev. Frank Bain officiating. Interment will follow in the Harper Cemetery at Aid with Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home of Bloomfield in charge of all arrangements.