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Dr. John Lawrence Prugh


Last updated 9/28/2020 at 3:41pm

Dr. John Lawrence Prugh, of The Oaks of Hendersonville, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, following a long illness.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dr. Carolyn G. Conroy.

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, he was predeceased by his parents, John Pridmore Prugh and Mary Elizabeth Prugh; sister, Marjorie Elizabeth Prugh; brother, Tommy J. Prugh; and Barbara Calloway Prugh, mother of his children.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Adams School of Dentistry, where he was awarded his D.D.S, he practiced dentistry for over 50 years in Raleigh, Brevard and Hendersonville.

Surviving John are his daughters, Susan Elizabeth Hagen (Dr. Michael Don Hagen); Amy Lynn Hopper (Martin Thomas); and son, John Lawrence Prugh Jr. (J. Robert Spatig); granddaughters, Molly Carol Hopper and Katherine Elizabeth Millerbernd (Alex Charles); and great-grandson, Philip Michael Millerbernd.

The family expresses its gratitude to Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Dr. G. Robert Murphy, Dr. Joel Travis Callahan Jr., and Pardee Hospital Home Care Services for their caring, professional services.

No local services are scheduled.

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Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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