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William Franklin PrattMARION, Va. William Franklin Pratt Born in a sawmill camp in Smyth County on October 18, 1928, Bill Frank Pratt was the oldest of five children of Frank and Blanche Buchanan Pratt. He passed away peacefully on December 26th at home with his wife of 66 years by his side, just as he wanted. He called her “sweetheart” and liked to tell the story of when they first met as small children and she refused to let him play with her toys. Over his lifetime he built two shops, countless farm sheds, a stone spring house, corn cribs, and thousands of wheels for mining cars. He installed their first bathroom, built furniture, and knew how to whittle, yodel, whistle, and play the saw. He was a welder, machinist, woodworker, and farmer. Mr. Pratt knew how to repair farm equipment, replace ax handles, paint cars, build fence, and repair broken hearts. He could heal an earache with cigarette smoke. He was an elder in the Cove Presbyterian Church and more recently at Nick’s Creek Presbyterian Church where, until recently, he arrived early to unlock the gate, take up collection and sing in the choir. He had a beautiful bass voice. Mr. Pratt attended church, but worshipped in the woods. He read the seasons and the weather the way a prophet reads the scripture. He held birds and all woodland critters sacred, and feeding them was a ritual. He was a farm manager and bookkeeper for Elk Garden Farm, at the time the largest beef cattle operation east of the Mississippi. He also worked for the Virginia Highway Department, Southwestern State Hospital, had a mining equipment business and raised some beautiful Burley tobacco. He was a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge No. 251. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Pratt. Bill Frank is survived by his wife, Peggy Pratt; daughter, Carole Pratt and husband, Rick Mansell; daughter, Macy Pratt; two grandchildren, Megan Morris and husband, Chris, and Matt Mansell and wife, Sarah; great-granddaughter, Harper Morris, who brought him much joy; two sisters, Virginia Lamie and Patsy Lamie; brother, Paul Pratt; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Dr. John DiYorio and the Reverend Andy Cundiff officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgedale Cemetery, Rich Valley, Va. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Pratt Family.
My dear buddy Bill. My heart is broken. I will miss you sitting beside me in choir and your beautiful voice. I will miss all your prayers for me each night as you went up the steps. I will miss all your jokes and your great personality. I will miss your friendship. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Phyllis and George Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. He will be greatly missed. Sending prayers of comfort to Aunt Peggy and my cousins.
Lynn Pratt Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of William Pratt
Lynn Pratt Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Bill's death. My sympathies to the family in this difficult time.
Joy Pratt Reeves Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM
Wishing you strength and comfort in the days ahead...we are so sorry for your loss.
John and Sue Ratcliffe Dec 29 2016 12:00 AM
Uncle Bill Frank -- what a wonderful man and a delightful person. I never thought of him that I didn't think "Uncle Bill & Aunt Peggy" as if they were one person. They were a wonderful love story. When they handed out cups of kindness at birth, both their cups were overflowing and those around them were sloshed by the kindness that spilled over. Uncle Bill, you were admired and loved. You will be missed. A lucky-to-have-you-for-an-uncle neice, Vicki
Vicki Jean Lamie Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM
Peggy & Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at the loss of Mr. Pratt. with sympathy, mike & teresa
Teresa Snavely Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM
With prayers and our deepest sympathy. Judy Clear Harnesshpjn
Judy Clear Harness Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM
Matt: So sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather.. He lived a long and good life, and I can see why he was so special in your life. My sincere sympathies to you and your family. I believe that the way you honor his memory is by sharing his life story, particularly with those of us who did not know him. Jim Schuyler
Jim Schuyler Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM
Peggy, We were so sorry to learn about the loss of your beloved husband. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn and Marietta Bass Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM