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Millard Ray “Pres” Prestridge

Millard Ray “Pres” Prestridge, 94, of Crystal Springs, died Sunday, February 7, 2010 at Copiah Living Center. 

Visitation will be 2pm-3pm Monday at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs.  Services will be 3pm Monday at Stringer Family Chapel with burial in Riverwood Cemetery.

The son of Wiley and Mollie (Boyanton) Prestridge was born on June 28, 1915, in Norfield, MS and later moved to Bogue Chitto, MS where he graduated from high school.  After graduation he began work with F. W. Woolworth where he was employed when he met and married his wife of almost 67 years, Edith Allgood.  He worked with Woolworth at various locations in several states before joining the Navy during World War II.  After his military service, he went into the clothing business with the late J. C. Piper, and eventually purchased the department store in Crystal Springs known as Prestridge’s.  He and his wife were in business for over 30 years before retiring.
He was a member of Crystal Springs First Baptist Church were in the past he was a deacon, on various committees, Sunday School Director, Sunday School teacher, Department Director, Usher, and a member of the Golden Choir.  He was also a Mason for over a 50 year and writer of poetry of which two books have been published.  He wrote the poem “The End of the Way” which will be read at his funeral.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Allgood Prestridge; mother and father, Wiley and Mollie Prestridge; and brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Nita Faye Prestridge.
Survivors include: daughters, Barbara Lack of Crystal Springs and Miriam Harper and husband, Lonnie of Eureka Springs, AR; three grandchildren: Tonja Lack Holland and husband, Gene of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Clint Lack of Raymond; Tate Harper and wife, Marnie of Red Banks; seven great-grandchildren:  Erick Howell, Keri Howell, and Travis Holland, all of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Cody Lack and Reilly Kate Lack of Raymond; Hunter Harper and Garrett Harper of Red Banks; and sister Dot Anderegg and husband, Jack of Brandon; He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Golden Choir, First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs.

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