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515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
803-775-7500
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
803-775-7500
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
803-775-7500

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Stacy Pritchard

Stacy Kyle Pritchard

Sunday, May 26th, 1968 - Friday, September 6th, 2019
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Stacy Kyle Pritchard, 51, died Friday, September 6, 2019 after a life-long battle with drug addiction. The son of G.L "Pete" and Betty S Pritchard, he was born on May 26, 1968 in Sumter, SC.

Stacy was born the youngest of five children and he was our baby. A role he kept until he left this world. He was a beautiful little boy, full of mischief and unbridled energy. His eyes sparkled and his grin stole
everyone's heart. Always the center of attention, he was a lively performer. Whether it be dancing,
telling jokes, or acrobatics, he was the best at entertaining his audience. A gifted athlete, he excelled in football, baseball, and basketball. Coaches vied to have him on their team. He was a local young superstar winning several MVP awards throughout his childhood. He was especially proud to have been a starting player on the 1981 Dizzy Dean World Series Championship team. He began water skiing at the age of 3 years old, where he quickly became a trickster even learning to master "barefoot" skiing. Being a daredevil and so naturally gifted, there seemed to be nothing he could not master.

Stacy packed a lot of living into his first 17 years of life. His was a life filled with promise, with high expectations, and big dreams. He was a joy to those around him. He was truly gifted and a kind, loving, and extremely generous person.

It was at that age when his life began to change. Maybe as a result of pain meds for a broken bone - of which there were many- or maybe it was just a result of teenage curiosity, we will never know. What we do know, is that it was the beginning of a lifelong battle with drug addiction that ultimately destroyed his life.

During his early twenties he literally begged for help to get into a treatment center because he was losing the battle. We tried to find an inpatient facility to treat him. After much searching, we finally found one but they required a court order. We reached out to a local judge and he told us he could not order treatment unless Stacy had criminal charges. Less than 6 months later, standing in that same courtroom, Stacy was sentenced to 10 years incarceration. He never got his rehab.

During the next 30 years Stacy was in and out of prison and rehab centers as a result of his addiction. Each time he came home, he was full of hope and determination to stay clean. With the love and support of his family, he would stay clean, until the demon stalker would steal him away. This cycle continued like a revolving door throughout his life. He repeatedly asked for help. He voluntarily entered
rehab on several occasions trying to defeat his demons. You see, he did not want to be a drug addict. No
one chooses to be a drug addict. Addiction is a disease, a cancer that takes control and destroys anyone in its path. It does not discriminate. It has no mercy. It destroys people, families, and loved ones. It steals hopes and dreams, and health and happiness, and eventually life.

Through our heartache and tears, we are left with this peace. In his early twenties, Stacy asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was baptized with his Daddy and brother and became a child of God. He gave his testimony publicly and how we wish we could have recorded that testimony. His passion and his love for Jesus Christ was something to see and experience through his eyes. We take great comfort in that assurance. Even through his years of struggling with his addiction, Stacy never stopped proclaiming his faith. He was often heard sharing his testament and his faith. He spent much time during the last few weeks trying to prepare us and assuring us that his relationship with God was rock solid. His faith was unwavering. He knew his days on this earth were few. He spoke plainly and honestly that God was
calling him Home. He spent many days the last few weeks apologizing and making peace with each one of us close to him. He actually said, "Please tell everyone who I've hurt or wronged that I'm sorry. That isn't the real me. I'm so sorry."

We grieve the loss of our son, our father, our brother, our uncle. We grieve for the loss of what his life could have been. We grieve for all the pain and suffering he endured on this earth. However, we rejoice in the knowledge that he is finally at peace in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Surviving along with his mother is a daughter, Kristian Pritchard; five siblings, Joy P. Hanna (Paul), Sherry P. Compton (Kelly Gannon), Bonny Scott (Clint), Barry S. Pritchard (Stacie), and Will Hudson (Tammie); six nephews, Michael Hanna, Tyler Scott, Steven Hanna, Brayden Scott, Cecil “Trey” Scott, and Hunter Pritchard; one niece, Baylee Scott; and several cousins and other extended family members.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Collin Thomas Scott.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wise Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Dearld Sterling officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Michael Hanna, Tyler Scott, Steven Hanna, Brayden Scott, and Hunter Pritchard; and his friend, Richie Barwick.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at home of his brother, 1180 Rockdale Blvd., Sumter.

Memorials may be sent to Wise Drive Baptist Church, 2751 S. Wise Dr,. Sumter, SC 29150.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
    Address
    515 Miller Road
    SUMTER, SC 29150
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Wise Drive Baptist Church
    Address
    2751 Wise Drive
    SUMTER, SC 29150
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    Officiant
    Rev. Dr. Dearld Sterling
  • Interment

    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Park
    Address
    802 N. Guignard Drive
    SUMTER, SC 29150
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Michael Landstrom

Posted at 09:05am
My sympathies to your family. I knew Stacy in high school. Beautiful to know his heart was with Christ. God's peace and comfort for your family.
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Shleta Watkins

Posted at 07:37pm
I will never forget our time in school together Stacy was a really good guy.Keep you laughing.Take your rest friend ❤️

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Wanda cox

Posted at 07:27pm
I don't know your family...but sorry for you all lost of your son...I also have a son...now 42..and have also been thru the same experiences...with my son.....Asking our Lord to be with you...this this....I believe..God has him beside him...at this very second...he knows the torment..the drugs has took him thur....and God brought him home..for peace...God Bless....
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Alpheus Baker

Posted at 05:16pm
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Sherry Harrelson

Posted at 10:02am
How blessed Stacy was to have such a loving family that were always there for him in both good and bad times. This obituary was the most beautiful one because of his loved ones speaking from the heart. It not only touched my heart but so many others as well. Thank you for sharing with others his story and I pray from this others who are struggling with addiction will seek help and also accept Christ as their personal lord and savior. Thankful Stacy is now and rest and in heaven with those he loves. Prayers and thoughts for this family.
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803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
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803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net