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Leroy Pryor

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Pryor, Leroy 1926---2005 beloved husband of Maryjo (Cole), devoted father of Steven Pryor, Scherrelle (late Jesse) Jeffries, Eryck (Elizabeth) Pryor and the late Joley Pryor; loving brother of Robert Pryor, cousin of Jean (Clarence) Woodruff, brother-in-law to Pat Huskisson and Harry (Marie) Griffin, cherished grandfather of Sean, Fred, Ryan, Brett, Chandray, Erin, Pleshette and Eriel, great-grandfather of Kasean and Gianna and dear uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Leroy adopted the disciplines of sports and particularly basketball at a very early age and pursued basketball both as a hobby and a profession. After graduation from DuSable High School he immediately entered the U.S. Navy and played basketball on the naval team. In 1949, Leroy, fell in love with and married Maryjo Cole, his soulmate for 56 years of marriage. While raising a family, Leroy began a long career as one of the first Black salesmen for one of the top liquor distributors in Chicago. His passion for sports and interest in mentoring kept him involved in basketball and youth development through his entire life from early on until his untimely death on December 1, 2005. Family and friends dubbed the home of Leroy and Maryjo, "The Pryor Community House". Leroy, still working with that early discipline, often used the qualities he developed while playing the game of basketball to demonstrate life's lessons to his children and to other young people as well as to teach life management skills to all that crossed his path. The Pryor Community House" was fun to be at prior to and during the Bear's Super Bowl year and during the reign of the Chicago Bulls. You didn't have to call ahead, you could just come by and the welcome mat would always be out. It was always fun to watch a game with Leroy. It was truly a learning experience for all in attendance. Leroy called his final "Time Out" on Thursday December 1st at 7:00 a.m. He was very dear to his family and they to him. Leroy will be missed greatly and his memory, through the many who knew and loved him, will be cherished always. Services Monday, December 12, 2005, Wake 6 P.M., funeral 7 p.m. at A.A. Rayners, 318 E. 71st Street, Interment Tuesday, 10 a.m. from funeral home to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. For info. 773-846-6133.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 11, 2005
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