Alwood A Prescott Jr.

Alwood A Prescott, Jr. passed away on Oct. 21, 2021, after a short illness at a retirement home in Tarboro, NC. He was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin to Alwood, Sr. & Florence Prescott on Aug 10, 1928. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, graduating from East High School, then went on to attend River Falls State Teachers College for 2 years. He was drafted into the Army in 1950, serving 2 years, with 9 months in Japan, and the remaining time in Korea. After returning from the military service, he met his future wife Marj at a square dance, and they were married Nov. 1, 1953. He returned to college and was graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. During the next 7 years 3 boys were added to the family.

Al was a Sea Scout as a teenager, learning nautical knots and enjoying sailing his small sailboat on a Madison lake. Later in life, his knowledge of knots would assist in his macramé hobby, in which he created wall hangings, hanging planters, and handbags for family and friends. 

Beginning his working career in Lynchburg, Virginia with Babcock and Wilcox Co. for 3 years as a Chemical Engineer in the newly formed atomic power plant division, he then moved to a government position with the US Atomic Energy Commission in Washington DC. Working there for 26 years and holding a Q clearance, he received multiple high-performance awards. He spent another 5 years with SAIC before retiring.

Al was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, spending time with his family and their many activities. A family camping trip to the west coast sparked a love of travel. In subsequent years he and Marj enjoyed many trips around the US and abroad. 

On a return trip from Florida in 1987, he discovered Lake Gaston, bought a lot and in 1991, moved there to a newly built home. He and Marj enjoyed 27 years of retirement before moving to Tarboro.

Al was a member of the Lake Gaston Lions Club, Computer Club, and Littleton United Methodist Church.

Many years ago, a close buddy wrote this short script about Al; “He was the same smart boy, mixing with nobody in particular, though amiable with everybody, briskly hammering rings out of shilling pieces or weaving macramé handbags, a cheerful, energetic little universe of self-satisfaction”.

Al is survived by his wife of 68 years; 2 sons, Charles (Nancy) & William(Laura); 2 granddaughters, Electra & Nathalie; and one grandson, Jordon; his sister Jane Ann Songer (Seattle) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his youngest son Richard (Sharon).

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 12, 2021, 1:00 pm at the Littleton Methodist Church, Littleton NC.

In lieu of flowers, if one desires, a memorial my be sent to Littleton Methodist Church ( PO box 26, Littleton, NC 27850) or the American Cancer Society (930-B Wellness Dr, Greenville, NC 27834).