Billy Young Pryor was born in Asheville, NC
on September 1, 1919.
He attended Clemson University in South Carolina in 1939. In 1943 he joined the
Army Air Corp. Following World War II he worked for Capital Airlines. He was an
Active Reservist, and was recalled for duty for the Korean War.
Billy continued with his military career and moved to Las Vegas in June 1961 for duty at the Nevada Test Site. Following his duty there he was transferred to Beale AFB with the SR-71 program in 1965 under the 9th SRW, and retired in 1975 after 26 years of active duty. Billy is a lifelong member of Roadrunners Internationale. Billy is remembered by his contemporaries at Area 51 as a Top Notch NCO and partially responsible for the "Roadrunner" designation of those working with him at Groom Lake on the CIA Oxcart Project.
He married Colleen Ruth Moore in 1945 and they were married for 58 years. They had 4 children, son John, and daughters Patricia, Kathleen and Jacquelyn. He had 7 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.
With great sadness, Colleen Pryor, wife of Roadrunner CMSGT Billy Pryor, passed away December 7, 2013, in Highland Village, TX. She is survived by her daughters Patricia Stephenson, Kathleen Kelleher, Jacquelyn Kearney, son John Pryor, 11 Grandchildren, and 18 Great Grandchildren.
With great sadness the Roadrunners must announce the loss of Colleen Pryor, wife of Roadrunner CMSGT Billy Pryor. Colleen passed away December 7, 2013, in Highland Village, TX. She is survived by her daughters Patricia Stephenson, Kathleen Kelleher, Jacquelyn Kearney, son John Pryor, 11 Grandchildren, and 18 Great Grandchildren. The Pryor family has remained strong supporters of the Roadrunners even with the loss of Blly in 2003. We thank the family for thinking of their Roadrunner family when Colleen took her final flight to join Billy.