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Curtis Pruett, First Harrison Poultry Employee, Dies At 90

Curtis Pruett
Mr. Curtis Pruett

Mr. Curtis Pruett, who served served as CFO of Harrison Poultry for more than 50 years before retiring in February 2010, died Aug. 30. He was 90.

Mr. Pruett became Harrison Poultry’s first employee in July 1959, and he was a trusted, lifelong friend of Harrison Poultry’s founder R. Harold Harrison, according to Bethlehem, Georgia-based Harrison Poultry.

The company says Mr. Pruett was well respected by all who knew him, not only for his financial expertise but also for his kind, humble and gentle demeanor. “His friendly smile was recognized throughout the community,” it added.

Harold Harrison often said he trusted Mr. Pruett with his finances more than he trusted himself and once noted that he owed more of his success to Curtis than to anyone. Harrison appointed Mr. Pruett and his wife Virginia to the board of directors for The Luther and Susie Harrison Foundation, named for Mr. Harrison’s parents. Mr. Pruett was a lifetime member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and worked with Mr. Harrison to oversee the building of the existing church facilities.

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