Joseph W. Pricket, 79, a 45 year member of the Avilla Vol. Fire Department, Avilla IN. and former fire chief for many years died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec.26, 1999 in Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Mr. Pricket was a WWII U.S.Army Air Corps veteran and a retired auto mechanic. He was honored as the Avilla Citizen of the year in 1996 and had recieved the State Fire Marshal's Meritorious Service Award through his involvement with the Avilla Fire Department. His wife Carole I. preceeded him in death Oct. 24, 1994. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Brazzell Funeral Home , Avilla. Memorials are to Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla.