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Ernest Canter Priddy Jr., 1927 – 2007

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 Ernest Canter “Bill” Priddy, Jr., was born June 19, 1927, to Ernest C. Priddy, Sr., and Dorothy Lawrence Priddy. He attended public schools in Hanover County and received his Bachelor of Science from Richmond Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1967.
 In 1949 he married Catherine Spiers and they had two children. Prior to becoming a United Methodist minister, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. After his discharge from the Navy he was a pharmaceutical salesman until the early 1960s when God called him to the ministry.
 He served his student ministry at Belmont United Methodist Church, Richmond, Va., and in 1963 started St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Chesterfield County. He served Asbury United Methodist Church – South Richmond (now
Asbury-Memorial) from 1968 until 1979, then was appointed superintendent of the Eastern Shore District. In 1983 he was appointed to Washington Street United Methodist Church, Petersburg, Va., until he retired in 1997. In retirement he served Blandford United Methodist Church, Petersburg, until 2004. In 2007 he became pastor emeritus of Blandford.
 Bill Priddy was a former trustee of the Virginia Wesleyan College, served as chaplain to the Richmond Fire Department and the Petersburg Police Department and started the chaplain program at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2, a 50-year member of Manchester Lodge No. 14 A.F. & A.M., a member of the Colonial Heights Historical Commission and served on the board of John Tyler Community College and various other boards and agencies, both church and civic.
 Bill Priddy was a dedicated servant to “The Lord” for 43 years and he loved every one of those years. He never met a stranger and was a real people person. He had a natural ability to deliver a message to his congregation that kept them wanting more, and week after week his congregations would grow, as word about what a wonderful minister he was traveled throughout the communities he served. He always had a big warm, friendly welcome and smile for everyone.
 In 1991 his wife passed away and in 1992 he married Linda Shelley, who survives him. He is also survived by his two children, Ernest C. Priddy, III, and Elizabeth P. Pointek; stepdaughter, Lauren Hertell; and grandson, Michael J. Priddy.
— Beth Pointek


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