Eugene "Gino" S. Pryor
Birth date: July 15, 1943
Death date: June 22, 2012
Eugene “Gino” S. Pryor, age 68, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 in a local hospital. On July 15, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA, Gino was born to the late, Joseph V. and Leonora G. Pryor. He served as an MP in the U.S. Army, while stationed in Korea from June of 1965 to June of 1967. Gino loved his first job working in the steel mill; he later went to work with AT&T as a computer technician where he retired after 39 years. During his retirement he became a paint specialist with Lowe’s. Gino’s passions were first and foremost, the Pittsburgh Steelers, motorcycles, the NRA and unknown to many, his art. Although he seemed tough, he also had a soft heart; he was very sentimental, loyal to everyone and simply loved life. Gino moved to Florida in 1979 and there he met Betty at a gym. After getting to know each other their love affair began and never ended. His strength and love for his wife was extraordinary. In 1993 Gino was transferred to Charlotte where the family lived for 15 years in the Mint Hill area. Upon retirement from AT&T, Gino and Betty moved to Baxter Village in Fort Mill to be close to their son and his new wife. Gino loved the community and people of Baxter Village and said, “It was like paradise, the only thing lacking was the beach”. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
“The pain in my heart is so deep, it will never heal until we are together again…I love you madly Gino Pryor, my love, my heart, my soul, my life, always yours eternally….Your Loving and Devoted Wife”.
Gino is survived by his wife of 30 years, Betty; their four children, Michael S. (Denise) Pryor, Steven S. (Mel) Pryor, Erin M. Pryor and Ryan C. (Lindsey) Pryor; his brother, Richard J. (Rebecca) Pryor; his sister, Linda (Gary) Pryor Rogers; six grandchildren, Kahle, Bowen, Michael, Christian, Alara and Andrew; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Palmetto Funeral Home with Scott Hofert, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Unity Cemetery Mausoleum. A reception will be held at the Zoar United Methodist Church, 13611 Zoar Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 immediately after the services.
Family will receive friends from 6 – 8 PM, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Palmetto Funeral Home.