Ella Wall Prichard

Professional Experience:
  • Prichard Oil Company, president, 2009–present; Apco Minerals, Ltd., managing partner, 
  • Storm-Prichard Company, managing partner, 2009–2011
  • The Write Group, desktop publishing company, partner, 1989–1998
  • U.S. Department of Education, field reader
  • Sunday School Board, Southern Baptist Convention, youth curriculum writer
  • Corpus Christi Caller-Times, intern reporter, 1962; reporter, 1963–1964
  • Author, Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows. Waco: 1845 Books, an imprint of the Baylor University Press, September 15, 2018
  • Author, “What I Wish People Knew About Grief,” Guideposts.org, August 15, 2018
  • Author, “From Grief to Joy: Rebuilding an Abundant Life,” Women and Wealth Magazine, summer 2016
  • Contributor, Through the Bible in a Year: Devotionals by Texas Baptists. Dallas: BaptistWay 
Press, 2011
  • Coeditor, Fiesta: Favorite Recipes of South Texas. Corpus Christi: Junior League of Corpus 
Christi, 1973
Speaking Engagements:
  • Women of Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, Mesquite, April 13, 2019
  • Seventh and James Baptist Church, Waco, April 10, 2019
  • Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, Mesquite, April 7, 2019
  • Women’s event, Frost Bank, Corpus Christi, January 29, 2019
  • Women of All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, January 24, 2019
  • Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, January 13, 2019
  • Deja Vu Crew, First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, January 10, 2019
  • Athenian Study Club, Corpus Christi, January 9, 2019
  • Key Study Club, Corpus Christi, November 28, 2018
  • Belletristic Book Club, Corpus Christi, November 14, 2018
  • Corpus Christi Public Libraries, September 28, 2018
  • Carita Sunday School Class, First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, September 20, 2018
  • Baylor University Libraries, Waco, September 14, 2018
  • DeKonig Women’s Ministries, Corpus Christi, January 24, 2018
  • La Retama Club, Corpus Christi, November 1, 2017
  • “Porchtime at the Parsonage,” First Congregational Church, Nantucket, Massachusetts, four sessions, summer 2017
  • Driftwood Garden Club, Corpus Christi, January 10, 2017
  • Jeanette Hammer Guild, Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi, April 14, 2016
Current Nonprofit Activities:
  • Corpus Christi Symphony Society, board of directors, 2009–2016; emeritus, 2016–
  • The Dallas Opera, board of trustees, 2016–
  • Friends of the Corpus Christi Libraries, life member
  • George W. Truett Seminary, Baylor University, Board of Advocates, 2018–
  • Baylor Line Foundation, life member; President’s Council, 2017–
  • First Baptist Church, 1963–2007, 2016–
  • Supporting member of the Dallas 
Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Arboretum, Kimbell Art Museum, Art 
Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi Symphony Society, Nantucket Book Foundation, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Preservation Trust, Nantucket Atheneum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Previous Nonprofit Activities:
  • Baylor University: board of regents, 1992–2001; Medallion Society; W.R. White Meritorious 
Service Award; Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Meritorious Service to Students
  • Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, board of trustees, 2011–2015
  • Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Dallas, Texas, 2009–2015
  • National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, Washington, D.C., executive committee
  • Coastal Bend Families in Action, founding president
  • Baptists Today, national news journal, Macon, Georgia, board of directors
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, board of directors
  • Junior League of Corpus Christi: board of directors, 1968-1992; Active Volunteer of the 
Year, 1976, 1982
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas: National Merit Scholar; editor, The Lariat, 1962–1963; 
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; BA with history major, 
journalism minor, 1963
  • Texarkana, Arkansas, High School, valedictorian, 1959
Other Awards and Special Recognitions:
  • Mission Waco/World, Champion of Christian Services Award, 2018
  • Texas Library Association, Benefactor of the Year Award, 2014
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, Keeper of the Key, 2014
  • Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Innovator Award for Creativity in Missions, 2012
  • State of Texas Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteer Service, 1981, 1985
  • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
Personal Information:
  • Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1941
  • Moved to Texarkana, Texas, 1947, then to Texarkana, Arkansas, 1948
  • Married Lev H. Prichard III, 1962; widowed, 2009; two children; four grandchildren
  • Resided in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1962–
  • Established a second home in Dallas, Texas, 2010–
  • Summer resident, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2016–