January 23, 1948–July 20, 2020
Alvin Webster Prescott, Jr. aka “Big Al”, and “Uncle Al” and “Papa Al” left this earthly life and went to live in eternal glory at 11:55 PM on July 20, 2020. He passed away from a short battle with pancreatic cancer and was 72 years old. Those of us left here on earth will miss him terribly but rejoice in the fact that he is with our Lord and Savior and no longer in pain.
Al was born on January 23, 1948, in Joplin, MO. to Alvin W. Prescott, Sr. and Helen J. Prescott. His father passed away before he was born and when he was five year old, his mother married Glen Collins. Glen was a widower and through this marriage Al gained a brother, Garry Collins and later, Glen and Helen would have another son, Dennis. A “yours, mine and ours” although Glen was the only father Al ever knew, he was his dad and had great stories to tell of his upbringing with Glen as his father.
Al graduated from Galena High School in 1966 where he was, as he told it, “the star football player”. After high school he joined the Army and married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Soulen, on December 29, 1966. Shortly after their wedding he was stationed in Hawaii and served two years active duty with one year in Viet Nam using heavy artillery. He received and Honorable Discharge. Al and Wanda had two children, Melanie and Jeffery. They divorced in 1984.
For years, Al was a salesman. If it could be sold, the tried. Cigarettes, concrete steps, sign and cars but he finally found some “freedom” being a truck driver delivering things all across The United States. He would marry three more times finally finding love with Sharyl Hall Prescott. Al and Sharyl married on May 5, 2016, in Joplin, at Joplin Family Worship Center in front of their church friends and family. Sharyl was by his side, holding his hand when he peacefully passed.
Al was very involved with his church and adored by his church family. He helped with security, headed up tornado relief when the Joplin tornado hit, was affectionately known as “uncle Al” and played numerous instruments in the worship band. He was a gifted musician and play piano, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, bongos and guitar. All by ear because he could not read a lick of music! His dream was to buy a sailboat and sail around the world. Anytime you hear the song “Sailing” by Christopher Cross you can think of Al.
He is survived by is wife Sharyl Prescott of Joplin, daughter, Melanie Barrow and husband Kris of Tulsa, son, Jeff Prescott and his wife Pamela of Tulsa; five grandsons, Timothy, Nathan, Jonathon, Lucas and Simon Prescott of Tulsa; three granddaughters, Sterling Shidler and her husband Jeremy of Bixby, OK, Gracie Barrow and fiance, Nicholas Craddock of Jonesboro, AR, Olivia Barrow of Tulsa; two brothers, Garry Collins and wife Sherry of Carl Junction, MO, Dennis Collins and wife Terri of Olathe, KS.
There will be a Celebration of Life service Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Joplin Family Worship Center, 5920 E. 7th St. in Joplin. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.