Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sue Ellen Sandefer, Dresden Tennessee

While going through pictures that had belonged to Nathan H. (Bub) Moran I came across a newspaper clipping talking about the upcoming marriage of Sue Ellen Sandefer and James Prentice Pritchett. The names didn't ring a bell to me so I scanned the clipping and kept going through the box.  A few pictures later I came across two pictures of the same girl and she looked familiar.   I went back to the Sandefer newspaper clipping to compare the young girl to the young woman.  They look like a match to me.

I was pretty sure I knew the answer but I asked Kent anyway if his father, Bub Moran, had ever mentioned a Sue Ellen Sandefer.  No, he never mentioned her.  So I told him that I thought perhaps they had been childhood sweethearts, or perhaps his dad had a crush on her in his youth or maybe they were just good friends because he kept two pictures and a newspaper clipping of her.  He said that was possible so I went on to say she married someone named James Prentice Pritchett.  "Oh wait, Miss Sue Ellen Pritchett?? Yeah I knew her.  She was the pianist at the Methodist Church."  And that is true.  She was the pianist among many other things.

Her parents were Charles E. Sandefer and Mattie R. Sandefer.  She had at least one sibling named John G. Sandefer.  Sue Ellen was born Sept 11, 1918 in Dresden Tennessee.  She married James Prentice Pritchett September 11, 1940.  James Pritchett was the son of James R. Pritchett and Era Parham.  He was born in 1915 and died in 1979.  Sue Ellen Sandefer Pritchett passed away March 31, 2009 at the home of her daughter Judith Ann Wade in Memphis TN.

From NWTN Today:
Sue Ellen Pritchett, 90, of Dresden, died March 31, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Judith Ann Wade, in Memphis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dresden First United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Bowlin Funeral Home.

Mrs Pritchett was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Sandefer of Dresden.  She taught piano in Dresden for 40 years until her retirement in 2006.  She was a lifelong member of the Dresden Methodist Church, where she served as pianist, choir director and youth leader.  She married James Prentiss Pritchett of Dresden in 1940.  She had been involved in leadership in the Girl Scouts and the Dresden PTA.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Ann Wade of Memphis and Janey Sue Williams of Lexington; three grandchildren, Gabe Williams of Lexington, Lisa Fairchild and Jenny Williams, both of Memphis; and thre great grandchildren, Marina Law of Memphis, Lacey Williams and Carly Williams, both of Lexington.

The family requests memorials be made to Crossroads Hospice of Tennessee LLC, Jean Harrison - Executive Director, 1669 Shelby Oaks Drive no. 106, Memphis TN 38134 or to the Dresden Methodist Church Choir or Building fun.

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