March 26, 2014 —
Friends and associates on Thursday called Larry Prichard an educator who put children first and a man who worked tirelessly for community betterment.
The former Carter County school superintendent, who died Tuesday, “was a great advocate for kids. They say people choose their professions, but I think the profession chose him,” said Charles Baker, who is principal at Star Elementary in the Carter district.
“He was very interested in STEM education, making sure students had the best education possible, especially in the science and technology areas,” said Ronnie Dotson, the district’s current superintendent.
Prichard did not lose interest in education after his retirement and served on an advisory council for the district, Dotson said.
Prichard also was a skilled and sensitive executive whose management system was based on trust, Baker said. “He trusted people to do their jobs. He put a lot of faith in his people and his principals.”
He also loved the community he moved to from West Virginia, said Ramona Sal-yer, who is an independent insurance agent in Grayson.
One of Prichard’s priority community projects was the county library, for which he worked as a committed fundraiser. “He was a wonderful person and never stopped working to better the community,” Salyer said.
According to his obituary, Prichard and his family asked well-wishers to donate to the Carter County Public Library rather than sending flowers.
“From the beginning, I liked him. He was such a people person; he connected with people,” said Salyer, who initially got to know Prichard as his insurance agent and from there forged a friendship.
Prichard, 74, spent most of his educational career in West Virginia as a teacher, principal and administrator, then moved to Carter County where he completed his career as superintendent.
His funeral was Saturday at Grayson Freewill Baptist Church.
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