James "Doc" Pryor, an active member and founder of the Emergency Ministering Party, died Saturday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 74.
Mr. Pryor was born in Andalusia, Ala., and at age 12 moved with his family to Niagara Falls, where he attended area schools.
During the 1950s, he worked for the perfume company Evening in Paris in Rochester and in the 1960s worked as a welder for the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston. During the 1970s until the late '90s, he was active with the Emergency Ministering Party, which promoted the idea of improving a community through voting. The party also played a role in Love Canal issues as well as cleaning up and revitalizing various area communities.
Survivors include his wife, the former Jacqueline C. Culpepper; three sons, James III, Marquis and Jerome; nine daughters, Michele Carter, Marquetta Culpepper, Jockline, Tamara, Beloved, Dienna, Jacquelyn, Vicki and Toni; and three sisters, Ella Fair Bradberry, Margie Law-Galloway and Grace Granberry-Rivers.
Services will be at noon today in New Jerusalem Revival Center, 2723 20th St.