Karan Pryor Lott

04/16/1951 - 11/16/2017

Obituary for Karan Pryor Lott

Karan Pryor Lott of Greenwood, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, matriarch of her family, passed away suddenly Thursday November 16, 2017 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Karan, “Queen Bee”, was a retired educator that devoted her life to serving the people of Greenwood.

Karan was born in Laurel, MS on April 16, 1951 to Katie Lee Loper Pryor and Ulmer C. Pryor, Sr. She grew up on her family’s farm in Wayne County, Mississippi, in the Pleasant Grove Community. She attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in her youth and graduated from Beat Four High School in 1967, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen and 4-H Queen.

Karan graduated from Jones County Junior College, where she was again crowned Homecoming Queen. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Mississippi University for Women. Karan continued her education throughout her adult life, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development.

On October, 13, 1979 Karan married William Robert Lott, III at the Broadacres Methodist Church in Columbus, MS. That same year, Karan and Will moved to Greenwood and joined St. John’s United Methodist Church. Karan was passionate about the church, especially its children. She was director of St. John’s Weekday Ministries for 15 years and a member of the Missions, Worship, and Family Ministries, providing creative and seasonal flowers for the church altar.

Throughout her life, Karan had an active career in the community. In addition to directing St. John’s UMC Kindergarten, she founded and directed the Day School at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. Karan taught at Mississippi Delta Community College and Delta State University, and led early childhood education seminars at Mississippi State University. She also planned and directed numerous events and weddings.

A devoted volunteer, Karan is past president and current vice-president of Town & Country Garden Club; a member of the Greenwood Garden Club; a board member at ArtPlace MS and the Museum of the MS Delta. She served on the board at Beacon Harbor and the Greenwood Leflore Public Library. Karan was a Life Member of Junior Auxiliary, where she was National Secretary.

Karan and Will loved Mississippi State Football, and Karan’s tailgate was top dog. She enjoyed being with her family and friends in Orange Beach, AL. She loved to travel, meet new friends, get dressed up, and celebrate life.

Karan was predeceased by her parents. In addition to her husband of 38 years, she is survived by her brother Ulmer C. Pryor, Jr. (Kim); daughters Katherine Wade Lott Simmons (Katie) and Ann Pryor Lott Hackleman (Pryor), both of Greenwood; sons-in-law Andrew Conrad Hackleman and Jon Michael Simmons; granddaughters Meredith Haley Mims, Randi Simmons, Anna Lauren Simmons, and Jane Sellers Hackleman; and grandson Andrew Townes Hackleman.

Visitation will be at St. John’s United Methodist Church of Greenwood from 1-3 Sunday November 19, with funeral services immediately following. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Rev. Billy Ray Stonestreet will officiate.

Pallbearers are David Lott, Ewin Henson, Lolo Lubiani, Rob Arline, Lynn Shaw, and Lee Branch.

Memorials may be made to ArtPlace Mississippi and the Children’s Educational Fund at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.

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Will, we are so sorry to hear of Karan's passing. Carol Ann & I send our prayers to you and your family.
- Tommy Trenor
We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our love and prayers. Donna and Gary Archer
- Donna Archer
Will, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Kay Crawford
Will, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort, strengthen and guide you and your family during this difficult time. Elaine Holmes
- Elaine Holmes
Our family joins you in the sad and untimely loss of Karen. she touched our lives in many ways. she will be missed. Lisa C. Rodgers Mary Hayden Rodgers Jeni C. Henderson Carroll K. Cagle
- Lisa Rodgers
Karan was a long-time friend. She and her family were special people.
- Jim Walters
Will, I did not have the pleasure of knowing Karan. As we have not seen each other for many, many years. But I do hope that you can find comfort in the fact that your old friend will be praying for you now and in the days to come!
- Edward Landers
The wonderful memories I have of times with Karan as the gracious hostess, the pal who lets you join her table at an event, the person who always stood up with Will to dance and laugh and make you feel joyful just to be with her, will be in my heart forever. Little did I know that last Thursday would be the last time we would be laughing and talking together as we prepared and served lunch for our garden club meeting. Here's to you, Karan, my beautiful friend....I lift my glass in your honor and know you are joining me in spirit. See you in Heaven!
- Bettie Ray

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