Dr. James Prescott, III, 89, of Carlisle,
died on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He was born on Monday, November 27, 1922, in Harrisburg,
a son of the late James and Mary C. (VanKirk) Prescott.
Jim led a remarkable life devoted to God, church, family, friends and community. He graduated
from Dickinson College and served four years in the United States Navy. Jim earned his dentistry degree from Temple University
establishing his Carlisle practice in 1950. Jim’s passion for dentistry continued for over 59 years. Jim was a well-
known community and Episcopal Church leader receiving numerous awards throughout his lifetime including Carlisle Area’s
Finest 1991 Award, Presiding Bishop’s Award, Dickinson College Sports Hall Of Fame for 1941-1943 Football – Track,
The Pennsylvania Sports Hall Of Fame Meritious Achievement Award, The Salvation Army Advisory Board Certificate of Life Membership,
South Central Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame, Distinguished Alumnus Award Carlisle High School and the Molly Pitcher
Award in 1997.
Jim was a Life Member
of the St John’s Episcopal Church Vestry, a Senior Warden under three rectors, usher, choir member and founding member
of the Bishop White Legacy Society.
still holds the Dickinson College record for the 100 yard dash, 9.9 seconds. He was co-captain elect for the 1943 football
team earning two letters in football as a halfback. Jim was also an avid swimmer, golfer and occasional jogger. Jim also was
a member of the Samaritan Fellowship, with a passion for serving and helping those in need. During his years in Carlisle he
was formerly active in the YMCA, Carlisle Rotary, The Carlisle Hospital Medical Staff and numerous other community groups.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Wilma H. (Barkalow)
Prescott, one son, Steve Prescott of Key West, FL, one daughter, Lisa Prescott of Carlisle, five grandchildren; Jason and
Steven Prescott and James, Bennett and Corrin Ward, one sister-in-law, Doris Prescott, one brother-in-law, Ernest Zeger, both
of Carlisle, one son-in-law, Richard Ward of Carlisle, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded
in death by one sister, Mary Zeger and one brother, Robert Prescott.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. John's Episcopal
Church, On the Square, Carlisle, with Rev. Canon Mark A. Scheneman officiating. Interment will be in St. John’s Chapel
of the Good Shepherd Columbarium. Visitation and fellowship will immediately follow the service in the church parish hall.
Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly
requests memorial contributions be made to Samaritan Fellowship, P.O. Box 495, Carlisle or to St. John's Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 612, Carlisle, PA 17013.
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There are many public accomplishments and many more quiet contributions of this kind and gentle
man. Our deepest condolences on his passing.
Randolph Hays family
Lisa and Family, so sorry for your loss.
"And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will
give thee rest."
Debra Ann Dillman (Railing
Lisa and family, Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Dr. Prescott. I lost my Father
2 weeks ago, my prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Wanda Cline Gehr
Lisa and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father, he was certainly one of
Carlisle's finest. May your memories of him give you comfort during this most difficult time.
Very sorry to hear
of the passing of Jim. Although I have been out of the area for many years, Jim and the family were a constant presence at
St Johns. Our condonlence to the entire Prescott Family.
Dave Punt and family
We are so saddened to learn of Jim's passing. As a dedicated and devoted member of St.
John's- he was an inspiration and friend to many of us that knew him for many yeas. May you find comfort that God has
called him to be part of His heavenly kingdom. Our sympathy and prayers,
Dear Lisa and Family
We are saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a valued
friend and colleague. Please except out condolence. Our prayers are with you, Wilma and family during this sad time.
Betty and George Palmer, Punta Gorda Fl
Mrs. Prescott, Steve, Lisa and Families:
I was sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I Remeber all the
great times with your family as a young boy and whenever we saw each other there was always a hello, what are you now doing.
Wilma, Steve, and Lisa you had a great husband and father and my prayers are with all the family. I'm just sorry that
I missed the viewing to give you all my condolences in person. God Bless!
John P. Smith III
Wilma, Steve, Lisa and Family,
May many wonderful memories of Jim help
ease the pain of his loss.
He was a great man. He did so much for the community, but his first love was his family. We
all grew by knowing him.
Maureen Reed and Family
My condolences to the family on the loss of Dr.Prescott.He was a great
member of the community who set a fine example for those around him.
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