Mr. Micheal Jerome Pryor, 36, transitioned suddenly as a result of an automobile accident on Thursday, August 10, 2023. Born October 12, 1985, Micheal was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome (Rosa) Pryor and grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Mariah) Pryor of Branchville, South Carolina, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew (Georgianna) Berry, Sr. of Bowman, South Carolina.
Michael Pryor’s early formal education began at Trinity United Methodist Church Kindergarten and Felton Laboratory School in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He later attended Bowman and Branchville Public Schools. During high school Micheal transferred to Bowman High School in Bowman, South Carolina, where he graduated in 2004. Micheal furthered his education at South Carolina State University, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History Education. Further, he obtained a Master of Education Degree in Secondary School Counseling at South Carolina State University. In addition, he enrolled in the doctoral counseling program at the University of South Carolina, where he also worked as a graduate assistant to the dean of counseling education. Recently, Michael completed his Educational Specialist Degree (ED.S) in Educational Leadership and Administration at South Carolina State University. Micheal was endorsed as a Global Career Development Facilitator by the National Career Development Association and certified by South Carolina State Department of Education in secondary counseling. Michael’s professional experiences included his serving as a Page for Senator John Matthews, a Members Service Associate at the YMCA, a career counselor at Claflin University, a secondary education counselor in Orangeburg and Hampton Counties, and the lead counselor at Dekalb Alternative School in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
At an early age, Micheal joined Canaan Baptist Church, and he also attended Pineville United Methodist Church, where he worked with the Youth Department and participated as a member of the Young Adult Choir. Later, at Canaan Baptist Church, he was appointed as a trustee where he served on the Board of Trustees. While in Georgia, Micheal regularly attended Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta. His professional affiliations included the South Carolina Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, and the National Education Association. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Denmark Alumni Chapter and the Atlanta Alumni Chapter.
Survivors include Micheal’s parents, Jerome and Rosa Pryor; two sisters, Jerona Marie Pryor and Serkia Mack; a special nephew, Jermari Parler; and a special niece, Jerbrittia Mariah Pryor, whom Michael adored. He loved and guided his nephew and niece as if they were his own children. Micheal also leaves Kayden Bennett, his cousin of the home, to cherish his memory; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, colleagues, fraternity brothers, former classmates, students, friends, and a family friend, Mr. Rodney Goldsmith. Micheal has left an indelible print and legacy on many.
Micheal had an amazing passion for participating in community-service projects and promoting students' academic success, for he had a penchant to assist anybody who needed support and encouragement. In fact, he took great pride in encouraging everyone. Motivated and focused, Michael had lofty goals for himself as well as for others, and he was determined to see those aspirations achieved–regardless of the challenges. Micheal will be sorely missed by a host of family and friends who dearly loved him and recognized that he lived a purposeful life. Micheal understood that “We who are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak” (Romans 15:1), and it was with much fortitude and conviction that he often did so.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 15,2023 at Glover's Funeral Home from 1:00pm until 6:00pm.
A Private Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Service from 6:00pm-7:00pm
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 16,2023 at Canaan Baptist Church beginning at 11:00am. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.