Josephine Williams Pritchett McNutt passed peacefully into the loving arms of her lord and savior, Jesus Christ, at 6:19 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Zale Lipshy Hospital in Dallas. She showed tremendous faith, courage, and strength since being diagnosed with brain cancer on Aug. 31. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, and she will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched.
She lived a life in service to God as exemplified by 35-plus years of volunteer work with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Through her work, she shared the gospel of salvation by grace (faith alone in Christ alone) with countless numbers of children. Her commitment to the study of the Bible and daily prayer were an example to all.
She was born March 29, 1931, in Nashville, Tenn., to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Worley Pritchett. A graduate of Ward Belmont and Vanderbilt University, she married Lee William (Bill) McNutt Jr. on Jan. 23, 1954, in Nashville. In 1958, they moved to Corsicana, her husband’s hometown, as new owners of Collin Street Bakery, home of the “Original Deluxe Fruitcake.”
She was a member of Believer’s Bible Church of Corsicana, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gamma Phi Beta, Corsicana Country Club, and Garden of the Gods Club. She enjoyed travelling the world with family and friends and felt blessed at the life she led. She loved dividing her time between her homes in Corsicana and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Joseph Worley Pritchett; Velma Williams Pritchett; her beloved husband of 51 years, Bill McNutt Jr.; sisters, Catherine Worley Pritchett and Virginia Pritchett Bivens; and brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas B. Alexander. She is survived by her four children: Lee William (Bill) McNutt III and his wife, Susanna Rabel McNutt; Katherine Anne McNutt; Melanie Jeanne McNutt of Dallas; and Robert (Bob) Pritchett McNutt and his wife, Amber, of Corsicana; cherished grandchildren Lee William (Will) McNutt IV, Thomas Max Nygaard McNutt, Rabel Josephine Mae McNutt, Sloan Carson McNutt, and Alyssa, Nicole, and Matthew Stills; sister, Elise Pritchett Alexander of Columbia, Mo.; and numerous nieces and cousins.
The family wishes to thank all who have shown kindness and compassion to Josephine and her family during this difficult time. The prayers of the body of Christ have given us great comfort throughout her illness. We would especially like to thank her pastor, Steve Elkins of Believer’s Bible Church; caregivers and friends Robert Polk, Anabella Maldonado, Stella Williams, Sara Nelson, Sid Polk, Raewyn Gain, Minda Mittlemaier, Pearline Jones, Ella Humphrey, and Jacqueline Williams; her medical team at University of Texas Southwestern Dallas, including Dr. Bruce Mickey, Dr. Elizabeth Maher, Dr. Robert D. Timmerman, Dr. Josephine Bonell of Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Charles Biltz of Corsicana, and Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice.
A funeral service to celebrate her life was held Dec. 19 at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana. A grave-side service at Oakwood Cemetery followed. Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County, 117 Mall Drive, Corsicana, 75110; Believer’s Bible Church, 2400 Bowie Drive, Corsicana, 75110; or the charity of your choice.