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ATLANTA – Vivian LaVera Hunt Prisby was born on Sept. 14, 1921, in Cleveland. She was the second daughter of Leroy Drake Hunt and Zorah Wilkerson Hunt.

Vivian met and married the love of her life Mr. Russell Earl Prisby on April 27, 1940, and from this union they had three beautiful daughters.

Vivian attended Kent State University and later worked for the Strouss Company from which she retired after over 30 years of service.

Vivian’s pride and joy was her family. She was a proud and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Vivian was devoted to the Episcopalian faith and an avid member of her beloved church, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. She also enjoyed an active social agenda with a special association as a member of the “ONT’s” and the “I Double You’s” Bridge Club. Vivian also loved her T.O.P.S. friends with whom she interacted for many years.

Vivian recently relocated to Atlanta. Her daughters, Jan and Tracie, were her primary caretakers until her transition.

Vivian leaves to cherish her loving memory, her daughters, Jan Prisby Bryson (Dwayne E. Heard) and Tracie Ann Prisby; Albert Grove, whom she loved like a son; four grandchildren, Leslie Powers (Ted) of St. Louis, Russell Thacker (Yvonne) of South Carolina, India Prisby of Atlanta, and Byron Bryson of Los Angeles; six great-grandchildren, Michael, Erin and Daniel Powers of St. Louis, Aaliyah Thacker of South Carolina, Dale E. Kennedy III and, King J. Mitchell of Atlanta; two sisters-in-law, Gretchen McCullum of St. Louis and Helen Prisby of Youngstown; two special nieces; and a special nephew, Janet Allmond, Marilyn Swann (David) and Hayes Jackson (Awilda), all of the Cleveland area; and dear friend, Dr. Henry Holden and the Holden Family.

Other grandchildren and family include four Thacker grandchildren and their spouses of Atlanta, Jordan Heard of Atlanta, Taylor, Sydney and Trenton Heard, all of Chicago, and Blair Bryson of Las Vegas; the Witherspoon family of Philadelphia; and a host of other nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husband Russell; daughter Sandra J. Thacker; son-in-law, Floyd O. Thacker; sister Sylvia Jackson, and brothers-in-law William Jackson and Raymond Prisby.

Friends may call Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m.

Interment will take place on Monday at the Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Guestbook Entries

Venice, Fl.

“I was in "Tops" with Vivian for many years, also Russell worked with my husband Joe, we went to many parties from there. she was a very special person, who loved life. She visit me when I had surgery. She will be missed by family & friends. My sympathy to the family.”

 » Garnet {Toots} Giblin on August 2, 2013

What a Giant! What a Tree of Life!

“We honor the spirit and continuing legacy of Mother Prisby. As we were all growing up and trying to understand life, she provided us with a living example of excellence through her life and the lives of her children. We honor this giant and this great tree from which God continues blessing so many! Prayers to the family as we celebrate the greatness of Mother's life still felt, still appreciated! ”

 » Eric Kareem-Posey on August 2, 2013

“Jan & Tracie, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother. There are no words to adequately express my sympathy for the devastation and profound loss you must be feeling. Please know that your mother was reunited with your father and God is with you and your family.”

 » Kim Gordon-Hammonds on August 2, 2013

“Aunt Vivian was such a sweet and thoughtful person and I know she is in the house of the Lord with a smile on her face standing finally next to your Dad once again. She will be missed by all who knew her.”

 » Lois Stewart Nelson on August 2, 2013

“Tracie & Family, My deepest condolences, to you and your family, for the loss of your loved one.. GOD BLESS”

 » Cee-Cee Davis on August 2, 2013


“Hey Mom, Just thinking about you this morning as I look at my beautiful wife,(who I owe all to you)! Yes, I see you smiling down on both of your "Wonderful Daughters", as you turn and look over your shoulder at Dad and all of your "Eternal Friends", and say to them: "Those are my Girls, they did well by me everyday!" "I miss you too, Mom!" Gotta go! Love you, Dwayne ”

 » Dwayne E Heard on February 1, 2014

“I First want to give my condolences to the family. I am justfinding out about Aunt Vivian. She and my grandmother were close friends. Euna Trammell. I have known your mom all of my life, as a little girl I remember the ladies getting together at my Nana's house. I loved her dearly. She will be missed. ”

 » Twan Overton on April 21, 2014

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