Carolyn Cavender Pruett, 85, went to her heavenly home on March 11, 2023, at Lowcountry Community Hospice House in Summerville, South Carolina surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on September 28, 1937, in Charleston, West Virginia to Hayford and Evene Pauley Cavender.
As her children, we think it is important to talk about how she lived during the “dash” between 9/28/37-3/11/23. Although the dash is the smallest part of the date, it’s the most important part. It does not matter when you were born or when you died, but how you lived in between those dates; during the “dash.”
Before she retired, she worked at Walmart as a door greeter for over 26 years. She met so many wonderful people. She loved everyone she met, and everyone loved her. She gave to anyone in need. If someone needed shoes, gloves, coat, etc., she would buy them on her lunchbreak. If you needed food, she’d fill grocery bags with food from her pantry. She never met a stranger. She gave to anyone in need and to those not in need. She was the most loving and giving person you could ever meet. She always said God was her provider and if she could help someone else, she would.
She would do things like go to the nursing home to see her son-in-law’s father and take him food, drinks, and clothing because she knew Duane and Stephanie were stationed too far away to visit him. She did this until Mr. Stanfield passed away.
Anytime her children wanted to come home, she was always welcoming and happy to have them. We always knew we had a home to go to. She did not care if you stayed for an hour or for days at a time. She loved having her family with her especially her grandchildren. Her grandchildren had this innate ability to put that spark in her eyes and infectious smile on her face. They knew how much she loved them, and they loved her.
There are so many stories we could tell of how loving and giving she was. She was beautiful inside and out. She had a radiating smile and an infectious laugh. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was 5 years old. She loved Jesus and lived a life full of the fruits of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Gentleness.
If you knew her, you know how much she loved being with her family and celebrating special events. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She would start shopping for Christmas on December 26 and shop until the following Christmas. She would always say she was only buying two or three gifts per person, but due to her love for her family and her love for shopping that was never the case. She was also known for the homemade candy she would make for the holidays. She would make chocolate covered peanut butter balls, pretzels, fudge, and she always had more pies and cakes than you could ever eat.
She was also an incredible grandmother who was known as “Gram”, “Grandma”, and “Candy Grandma” by her grands. She absolutely loved being a grandmother and spoiling them to no end. She always had candy, chewing gum, ice cream, etc., but they could not leave without getting her red lipstick kisses.
She is predeceased by her parents, Hayford and Evene Cavender, her brother Larry Cavender, her sister Peggy Cavender King, two grandsons, Kelby Stanfield and Nathaniel Stanfield.
She is survived by her sons, KW Pruett (Laura), Kevin Pruett (Debbie), her daughters Karen Pruett Sandoval, and Stephanie Pruett Stanfield (Duane). She is also survived by her siblings Judy Chapman, Gloria Facemyer, Tim Cavender, Jerry Cavender, and Robin Butera as well as many nieces and nephews. She had 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter. She will be sorely loved and missed until we see her again.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Memory of Carolyn Cavender Pruett to Grace Advent Christian Church Cemetery Fund, 398 Mt. Carmel Road, Walterboro, SC 29488.
Funeral services will be held 3 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, March 15, 2023 at Grace Advent Christian Church, 398 Mount Carmel Road, Walterboro. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 until the hour of service in the church sanctuary.
ARRANGEMENTS BY: THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro. Visit the guestbook online at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.
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