Dr. James S. Pruiett, 68, of Hixson, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 at a local hospital.He was born in Concordia, Kansas on March 3, 1945 to the late James Edward and Helen Deiter Pruiett.Dr. Pruiett graduated from Sacramento State College with a BA in 1967 and a MA in Psychology in 1968. He then graduated from the University of Georgia with a PhD in Psychology in 1971.As a Psychologist, he was in private practice in Chattanooga for over 30 years. Jim enjoyed fly fishing and sailing.Survivors include his wife, Carol Collins; daughter, Megan Pruiett (Geordie Martinez), of San Francisco, Calif.; sons, Aron Pruiett, of San Francisco, Calif., and Josh Pruiett, of Greenville, N.C.; sister, Ann Davis (Larry), of Paradise, Calif.; step-daughter, Kelly Crinnion (Walter), of Fountain Hills, Ariz; step-son, Brian Frye (Merna), of Haymarket, Va.; grandchildren, Imogen Martinez, San Francisco, Calif., August Martinez, San Francisco, Calif., Kate Crinnion, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; uncle, John Deiter (Dolores), of Tampa, Fla.; sister- in- law, Kay Sparks (Mike), of Bald Head Island, N.C.; former spouse Margaret Pruiett, Athens, Ga.; and special friends Jim, Gary and Tom. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at www.michaeljfox.org or Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.