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Celebrating the life of
William Pryor
January 21, 1938 - February 22, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 5:30pm - Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm - Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Bill I am so truly sorry for the loss of your father and know you loved him so very much and held a strong admiration for him. I really enjoyed meeting him over dinner with you at his townhome in Montrose year before last during The Holidays followed by attendance at the symphony. The pre dinner visit to The Museum of Fine Arts was interesting, as you two seemed very knowledgeable about art. Knowing you as I do, you will carry on in his image. May he rest in peace........

Judi Taylor, Austin, TX

Billy......... it is with deep regrets and sympathy that I share with you in the loss of your father. I know he meant a great deal to you and that you loved him and he you. I also know you learned so very much from him at the right time in your life. I will always miss seeing you two together back in the "salad days".

Richard, Houston, Tx

Dear Molly, Randy and William, I was deeply saddened by the news of Bill's passing. He was such an inspiration to be around and I very much enjoyed the time I was able to visit with him in Molly's home. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. Karen

Karen Vaughn, Houston, TX

Dear Bill, Molly and Randy, I regret that I will not be able to attend Bill's Memorial Service, as I had hoped to be there to show support for each of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Dee and Family

Dee Coates Poole, Austin, TX

As the first born of my father with whom I share his name, I want all to know how my heart aches to no end. He was a very intelligent and successful businessman and achieved many endeavors over the course of his life. I learned a great deal from him about the oil & gas business and ranching operations across the Great Southwest and will carry on his tradition and standards of excellence in all he set out to do. I will always cherish the many special memories of hunting quail in South Texas, fly fishing in Aspen Co, ranching activities across the Southwest, and being "schooled" in the boardrooms and luncheons in downtown Houston. I hope this time of sorrow may bring a stronger bond and peace in my immediate family that so desperately needs it. May he rest peacefully now, and God Bless his soul.

William E. Pryor Jr., Austin, Tx

May the "hearer of prayer" continue to strengthen your family. Lean on one another as the days ahead become to hard to bear alone. Share your memories they will be a source of comfort that can help you cope and grant you peace. We hope that the many cards, hugs, kind words and loving prayers sustain your family during this most difficult time.

The Sigler Family, Mobile, Al.

William Evans Pryor, 77, was born on January 21, 1938 to the late Paul L. Pryor and Dorothy E. Pryor in Dayton, Ohio at Good Samaritan Hospital. Bill stepped into eternity on February 22, 2015. He graduated from Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1956. Bill graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and attained his varsity letter in football.

Bill is survived by three children William Evans Pryor, Jr. "Billy"; Edmund Randolph Pryor "Randy" of Austin; and Mary Anne "Molly" Pryor of The Woodlands as well as two grandsons Brock William Harris and Owen Randolph Pryor. His brother, Charles Robert Pryor and wife Diane Mary Pryor of Yellow Springs, Ohio, also survive him.

Bill worked as an executive for Lehman Brothers for approximately ten years leading offices in Houston, Texas and Paris, France. He was an entrepreneur and founded European Southwest Company in 1974 where he served as President and was the sole owner. For approximately twenty years the company drilled, developed, and operated oil and gas properties in the Southwestern region of the United States. In 1995, Bill formed Caspian Energy Ltd. and traveled extensively to Kazakhstan negotiating with their government to develop large, proven, non-producing oil fields in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He traveled internationally extensively and spoke French, German, Spanish and Russian. Bill had fond memories of living in Paris and subsequently visited it for decades.

Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed ranching operations in West Texas and New Mexico where he had a love of the mountains. He especially enjoyed working cattle from horseback as was traditionally done in the old West. Bill owned brands in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana. His favorite brand was 7 open A that was originally registered in Colorado in 1915 and has a rich history. In 1925, the Wolff Brothers from Nebraska purchased this brand. In 1985, Bill seized the opportunity to purchase the brand when the family decided to sell it. He also owned the Slash Turkey Track, which is a famous old brand located in the Texas Panhandle established in 1878 and was among one of the first five ranches in Texas.

As he loved art, music and literature, Bill avidly attended and supported the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Houston Grand Opera. Bill was a member of the Executive Committee of The Glassell School of Art at the MFAH for many years. He was an accomplished painter with representation at Mission Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock and William De Kooning mostly influenced his artwork. Additional artist he admired include Sam Francis, Calder, Frankenthaler, Remington, Rodin, and Cowen. Bill dearly loved his grand champion miniature schnauzer that he named Matisse.

Visitation will be held at 5:00pm with a memorial service at 5:30pm followed by a reception on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Bradshaw Carter located at 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston, Texas.

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Bill I am so truly sorry for the loss of your father and know you loved him so very much and held a strong admiration for him. I really enjoyed meeting him over dinner with you at his townhome in Montrose year before last during The Holidays followed by attendance at the symphony. The pre dinner visit to The Museum of Fine Arts was interesting, as you two seemed very knowledgeable about art. Knowing you as I do, you will carry on in his image. May he rest in peace........

Judi Taylor, Austin, TX

Billy......... it is with deep regrets and sympathy that I share with you in the loss of your father. I know he meant a great deal to you and that you loved him and he you. I also know you learned so very much from him at the right time in your life. I will always miss seeing you two together back in the "salad days".

Richard, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by karen Vaughn — Texas

Dear Molly, Randy and William, I was deeply saddened by the news of Bill's passing. He was such an inspiration to be around and I very much enjoyed the time I was able to visit with him in Molly's home. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. Karen

Karen Vaughn, Houston, TX

Dear Bill, Molly and Randy, I regret that I will not be able to attend Bill's Memorial Service, as I had hoped to be there to show support for each of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Dee and Family

Dee Coates Poole, Austin, TX

Candle tribute lit by Dee Coates Poole — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Dee Coates Poole — Texas

As the first born of my father with whom I share his name, I want all to know how my heart aches to no end. He was a very intelligent and successful businessman and achieved many endeavors over the course of his life. I learned a great deal from him about the oil & gas business and ranching operations across the Great Southwest and will carry on his tradition and standards of excellence in all he set out to do. I will always cherish the many special memories of hunting quail in South Texas, fly fishing in Aspen Co, ranching activities across the Southwest, and being "schooled" in the boardrooms and luncheons in downtown Houston. I hope this time of sorrow may bring a stronger bond and peace in my immediate family that so desperately needs it. May he rest peacefully now, and God Bless his soul.

William E. Pryor Jr., Austin, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Hazem Ahmed — Texas

Candle tribute lit by William E.. Pryor Jr. — Texas

May the "hearer of prayer" continue to strengthen your family. Lean on one another as the days ahead become to hard to bear alone. Share your memories they will be a source of comfort that can help you cope and grant you peace. We hope that the many cards, hugs, kind words and loving prayers sustain your family during this most difficult time.

The Sigler Family, Mobile, Al.


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