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Lev Herrington Prichard III
Lev Herrington Prichard III
March 4, 1937—April 7, 2009

Lev Herrington Prichard III, 72, died at his home in Corpus Christi early Tuesday, April 7, 2009. The only son of Lev H. Prichard Jr. and Helen Pruitt Prichard Davis Matthews, he was born in Oklahoma City, OK, on March 4, 1937. The family moved to San Antonio in 1948, where he attended San Antonio Academy and Texas Military Institute. He graduated from Judson Academy, Scottsdale, AZ, in 1955. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at Penn State University, State College, PA, in 1959 with additional studies in ranch management at TCU, Fort Worth. He was co-owner, with his mother and stepfather, Russell Davis, of Hereford Hills Ranch in Blanco Co., TX.

In 1961 he moved to Corpus Christi, where he worked at the family business, Worldwide Travel. Two years later he joined Lloyd Shelley at Shelley’s Travel Service. Since 1976 he and Ralph Storm have been partners in Storm-Prichard Co.

He cared deeply for the welfare of his adopted hometown and quietly but generously supported a multitude of cultural, educational, human welfare and religious organizations in the area. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church and had served as an advisory director of the Bank of Corpus Christi and its successor IBC, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Salvation Army and Youth City, member of the TAMU–CC President’s Council and a Rotary Harris Fellow. In recent years he was blessed by the ministry of Windsor Park Baptist Church.

He loved Baylor football and twice served on the Baylor Bear Foundation Board. He was a lifetime honorary member of the Letterman’s Association. Baylor University honored him with a degree Alumna Honoris Causa and the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Meritorious Service.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ella Wall Prichard, and his family. He was simply Grumps to his beloved grandchildren.

well done, good and faithful steward


  1. Ella, how I wish I could have known this lovely man. Still don’t know how you do life as joyfully as you do since his death. But I do know how much I think of you, and how deeply I respect you.

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! I wish you could have known him too. I’m speaking Thursday to a church group on “12 Keys to Reclaiming Joy.” It was a 4-year journey for me, so you didn’t see me struggle.

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