Billy Ray Pritchett, Sr. was born on February 22, 1951, in Mart, Texas. He transitioned to eternity on March 5, 2021, in Richardson, Texas.
Billy graduated from Van Vleck High School in 1970. He went on to attend West Texas State University where he majored in Physical Education. He graduated in 1974 and continued his football career at the professional level in which he played running back for the Cleveland Browns from 1974-1977 and for the Atlanta Falcons from 1977 to 1980. After retirement from the NFL, Billy enjoyed a career in the transportation industry as a Freight Specialist with Central Freight & Roadrunner Dawes. After 33 years, Billy retired in 2013.
Billy united in holy matrimony with the love of his life, Patsy Boyd, on February 14, 1974. To their union, they were blessed with one son, Billy Jr., that was nurtured and loved. The two remained united until his transition.
Affectionately regarded as "Big Dawg" and "Cool", Billy enjoyed all sports. He also delighted in hunting, fishing, and gun collecting. He most enjoyed spending time with family.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Billy also professed his hope in Christ. He was a man of strong will, ambition, and generosity. Billy will be fondly remembered for his protective and awesome nature, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Nellie Pritchett; and his sister, Irene Pritchett-Harvey. Those left to cherish precious memories include his devoted wife, Patsy; son, Billy, Jr.; two granddaughters, Brianna and Haley; three great-grandchildren: Mariah, Major, and Madison; seven siblings: George Pritchett, Billie Jean Pritchett-Joyce, Dexter Pritchett, Kirk Pritchett, Kim Pritchett, Tarnell Pritchett, and LaMell Pritchett; aunts and uncles: George Williams, Lovie (George) Crawford, O.C. Williams, Ozell LaBlunt, Annie B. Williams, Earlene (John) Johnson, and Mavis Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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