R. Joe Pruitt, age 70, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Okeechobee, Florida.  
Joe was born January 18, 1948 to Herman “Pete” Pruitt and Lois (Wildman) Pruitt in Piatt County, Illinois. He grew up around the Champaign area, graduated from Mahomet High School and attended Parkland College in Champaign. He was employed by Illinois Valley Paving Company, and later United Contractors Midwest until his retirement in 2013, holding positions as Construction Superintendent and Macomb Plant Manager.
He is survived by his son, Matthew, of Kingston Mines and his daughter, Angie, of Chicago; two grandchildren, Timothy Pruitt of Mahomet and Kaitlin (Nate) Overman of Naples, Florida. He is also survived by his former wife, Marilyn Pruitt; one stepdaughter, Misty (Al) Brewer, and two step grandchildren, Madison and Christian Brewer, all of Macomb. His children and grandchildren gave him a huge sense of pride and the love showed on his face whenever he spoke of them.
Joe also leaves behind several brothers and sisters who will miss him dearly. Sue Campbell, Apex, NC; Gary Pruitt, Lake Placid, Fla.; Kay (Walt) Sebens, Monticello; Ron (Sue) Pruitt, Monticello; Marty (Nancy) Pruitt, Mahomet; and Connie (Tom) O’Neill, Hendersonville, Tenn. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and oldest sister Joyce Long.
An avid golfer, Joe had been a member of Gold Hills Golf Club, Macomb Country Club and was a member of the Parkland College Golf Team. Joe’s true passion in life was the sport of bass fishing, as a hobby and competing on the pro side of the FLW fishing circuit. He was introduced to the sport by his son, Matt, and enjoyed many annual winter fishing trips to Florida with Matt and his brother, Gary.
A gift to the Macomb High School Bass Fishing Team is planned in his memory.
Joe was a loyal and good friend to many throughout the years. He loved to be outside and had a huge appreciation for Mother Nature and her beauty. He recently made the comment that he just wanted to do something to help someone every day. That’s the legacy he leaves behind.
A Celebration of Life is being held on Saturday, May 19 at Jupiter’s at the Crossing in Champaign from 1 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions in Joe’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Please join members of the family for a round of golf, followed by a cookout on the patio to celebrate Joe’s love of the game on Sunday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at Gold Hills Golf course. If not interested in golfing, we invite you to join us on the patio at 1 p.m. for a cookout, laughter, reminiscing and a toast to our friend, Joe Pruitt.