January 31, 2007 Edition

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Grandson of Ravenden
couple dies in Iraq

Pfc Janes
(Note: The following article is reprinted with permission from The Ozark Journal.)

The grandson of a Ravenden couple died Saturday, Jan. 20 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

JoAnne Pruitt of Ravenden told The Ozark Journal on Jan. 22 that she and her husband, J.R. learned early Sunday morning (Jan. 21) by way of a telephone call from their daughter that their grandson PFC Allen B. Jaynes had been killed in Iraq.

Mrs. Pruitt related that Carrissa Jarret of Murchison, Texas, the PruittsÕ daughter, called her parents at approximately 7 Sunday morning, telling them that she had been notified during a visit by military personnel at 6:30 Sunday morning about the death of her son and the PruittsÕ grandson, U.S. Army Pfc Jaynes.

The 21-year-old soldier from Murchison, Texas, who was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, entered the Army immediately after graduation from high school but had been in Iraq for only three months when he died, said Mrs. Pruitt.

According to a Department of Defense news release, Pfc. Jaynes died of wounds sustained when an IED (improvised explosive device) detonated near his vehicle last Saturday in the northern part of Baghdad, Iraq.

In addition to his mother, Carrissa Jarret, and his grandparents, J.R. and JoAnne Pruitt, Jaynes is also survived by his father, Mark Pruitt of Gardendale, Ala.; a brother, Bryan Pruitt of Gardendale, Ala.; and a sister, Stephanie Pruitt of Murchison, Texas.

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