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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Former Southeast Missouri resident opens business at Reelfoot Lake

Sunday, October 10, 2004

REELFOOT, Tenn. - Sonny's Boys is the new kid on the block at Reelfoot Lake and owner/operator Kevin Pritchett is enjoying its unique niche in the area's resort industry.

Sonny's Boys opened in March of this year in the building long known as "Raintree" just across Highway 22 from Reelfoot Lake and adjacent to the old Edgewater Beach site.

Sonny's offers breakfast and plate lunches seven days a week. The lunch menu changes daily.

There is bait, tackle including Grizzly Jigs, camper pads and also a big screen TV for special events such as NASCAR races, Tennessee Volunteer and Titan football and baseball play-offs. They offer caps, T-shirts and other items as well.

"We are the new guy on the block and are small scale compared to some of the resorts," Pritchett said. "But you have to crawl before you walk and you walk before you run. "We are very happy with where we are now."

Sonny's Boys also offers duplexes for rent by the week or month and recently added a guide service for both duck hunting and fishing.

Pitchett, his wife Holly and their two children Kaylie, 18 months, and Mason, 3, live nearby.

Sonny's Boys has seven full-time employees and three part-time.

Nearly everything Pritchett does is influenced by his late father, including the name of the business.

Louis Vernon Pritchett, known to everyone as "Sonny Boy," died at age 67 of mesothilioma in East Prairie, Mo., in 2001 He worked 45 years for the Bunge company; his wife, Shirley, survives of East Prairie.

"I know it is corny and hard to believe but I built this place in memory of my father. He worked for the same company for 45 years and was married to mom for 47 years."

As fall weather brings increased business to the area, Sonny's Boys, like the rest of the Reelfoot area, is expecting big October.

"We will just try to survive," he smiled.