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Western Maryland RailRoad Assoc

Troy Lynn Pritt was born in Elkins, West Virginia. When he was in the second grade, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland and he grew up in Armistead Gardens, a low-rent housing project.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves the summer between his junior and senior year of high school. After graduation, he served six months on active duty. He returned to the Marine Corps Reserve unit at Fort McHenry and was employed as a draftsman by Western Electric Company in Baltimore, MD.

In September 1958 he joined the U.S. AirForce, and was trained as a Russian linguist at Syracuse University. He married Lorraine Catherine Barrows of Baltimore. He spent the entire year of 1960 on Shemya Island, Alaska. While he was stationed at that remote site, Paul Troy Pritt, their first son was born to Troy and Lorraine in Baltimore, MD. From September 1961 to December 1962 he was a student at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

In January 1963 he joined the U.S. Army. A second son, Mark Davenport Pritt, was born at Ft. Ord, CA. A third son, David Brainerd Pritt was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. During the time he was in the Air Force and Army, Troy Lynn had been taking college courses on the military bases through University College, University of Maryland. In May 1968 he received the Bachelor of Arts degree “with honors” from the University of Maryland.

He left the Army in the fall of 1968 and returned to the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia. He graduated from there in May 1970 with a B.D. degree which was later converted to a M.Div.

Troy Lynn Pritt was ordained by Guyandotte Presbytery, Presbyterian Church,U.S. He served the Eleanor, Pliny, and Winfield Presbyterian Churches in West Virginia. His next pastorate was Parsons Presbyterian Church in West Virginia. While there he joined a West Virginia Army National Guard unit at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV. In 1975 he accepted a call to pastor two churches in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Fairlea A.R.P. Church and New Lebanon A.R.P. Church in West Virginia. That year a fourth son was born Andrew Caleb Pritt.

While pastor of Fairlea and New Lebanon Churches, he completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Weston State Hospital. He then began work on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas.

In 1982 he accepted the call to pastor the Covington A.R.P. Church in Covington, TN. He resumed his studies for Doctor of Ministry at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC. During their residence in Covington, Lorraine pursued studies for a nursing license. She passed the state license exam with one of the highest scores and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.

In the fall of 1987 Troy Lynn accepted the call to the Edwards Rogers Larger Parish in Bradley County, Arkansas. This was three rural churches. Two belonged to the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and one belonged to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod. He continued work on his doctorate and in May 1990 received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. In 1996 Troy Lynn and Lorraine bought a house in Warren, Arkansas where they still live today.

At the end of 2000 he retired. For most of 2001 he was interim minister of the Ruston Presbyterian Church in Ruston, Louisiana. Since then he has preached on Sundays in small Presbyterian churches without a pastor.

Since retiring Troy Lynn Pritt has pursued writing as an avocation. He is a member of the South Arkansas Writers’ group, the 13th USASAFS Association, and the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society.








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