Royce "Booger" Pruit, 75, of Garden City died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in a Sterling City nursing home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Texas.
He was born Sept. 13, 1937, in Lovington, N.M., and married Beverly Cox on June 8, 1956. in Lovington.
Royce came to Garden City from Penwell and graduated from Garden City High School. He started working as a deputy sheriff for Glasscock County in 1958 and was appointed sheriff in 1962. He retired in 2008 after 47 years and was the longest-serving sheriff in Texas and the United States. He also served as the Glasscock County Tax Assessor Collector. He was a member of the Sheriff's Association of Texas and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Pruit of Garden City; one son, Van Pruit and wife Delores of Stanton; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Kay Lawton of Greenwood, Ark., and Iretta Pruit of Odessa; and two brothers, Dick Pruit of Spencerville, Okla., and Donald Pruit of Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anne and Chester Pruit; one son, Lonnie Pruit; three sisters, Eunice Rowe, Ollie Harwell and Joyce McFarland; and three brothers, Roy Pruit, Bob Pruit and Tommy Pruit.
The family suggests memorials be made to Sterling County Nursing Home, P.O. Box 46, Sterling City, Texas 76951.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com