Amos Wilburn Pruitt
(Boss Weaver at Glendale Mills)
Story furnished by Clarence Crocker

Amos Wilburn Pruitt started work at Glendale Mills in the early 1900s as a loom fixer, becoming a second hand and was promoted to the position of Weave Room Overseer in 1942, resigning in 1948. A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of James and Susan Horn Pruitt

Amos married Eliza Jane Fisher, the daughter of Robert P. and Thursey Jarrett Fisher of Grapevine, N. C. They became the parents of three children; Sara, Lucille and James Pruitt.

After being promoted, they moved from a regular mill house to the large two story former school house building which had been renovated and converted to the Boss Weaver’s house. It was located on the corner of Church and Broadway street in Glendale . Amos and Eliza were members of the Glendale Baptist Church,. Amos was a member of the senior men’s Bible Class and Eliza was a member of the Mother’s Bible class. All the children were members of the Church and its Sunday School and Church Training Department. Sara and Lucille were members of the Church Choir. Amos was also a member of the Woodmen of the World and a big sportsman.

Sara Pruitt married Eugene Jackson of Cross Anchor, Spartanburg County. They had no children. Sara died January 26, 1972 at the age of 51.

Lucille Pruitt married William Henson of Spartanburg. They were the parents of one daughter; Susan Henson. Lucille died February 21, 2010 in the Golden Age Nursing Home of Inman, S.C. She was 84 years of age.

James Pruitt married Margaret Henson of Spartanburg and they were the parents of three children; Jimmy, Robin and Jan Pruitt. James died June 9, 1983.

Amos Pruitt died April 11, 1972 in the Spartanburg General Hospital, following a long illness. He was 74 years of age. He was survived by; his daughter, Mrs. Lucille Henson of the home and his son, James Pruitt of Danville, Va.; Six grandchildren and six great grandchildren; five brothers; Silas and Jerry Pruitt of Glendale, Isaac and Toy Pruitt of Whitney, S.C. and Paul Pruitt of Bessemer City, N.C.; one sister, Mrs. Daisy Williams of Spartanburg, Funeral services were held in the Glendale Baptist Church where he was a member with interment following in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg.

Eliza Jane Pruitt died Tuesday, January 7, 1975 in the Inman Nursing home where she had been confined for some time due to illness. She was survived by; her daughter, Mrs.. Lucille Henson and her son, James Pruitt; one sister, Hester Solesby of Glendale; four grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the Sunset Memorial Gardens along side of her husband.

The Pruitt family was an honorable and highly respected Christian family in the community. This writer was proud to call them. “my good friends” and was honored by having part in their funeral services.

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