May 31, 1923 ~ December 13, 2005

Born in: Stokes Co., NC,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Fletcher – Elbert J. Pratt, 82 of White Pine Road, died Tuesday, December 13, 2005, in Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. A native of Stokes County, he was the son of the late Nathaniel and Artansy Lane Pratt. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Otis and Earlie Pratt and three sisters, Hazel Montgomery, Edith Gordon and Evelyn Spainhour. Mr. Pratt graduated from Appalachian State University in 1947 and received his Masters Degree from George Peabody College in 1951. He was a high school math and history teacher, teaching in Haywood County from 1948 – 1954, in Richmond County 1955 – 1958 and in Buncombe County from 1958 through 1975 at Owen High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in the Philippines, Asiatic-Pacific and European-African Theatres. Mr. Pratt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Amy Duckett Pratt; a daughter, Sarah Pratt of Denver Colorado; a son, Fred Pratt and his wife Donna of Fletcher; two grandchildren, Justin Pratt and Jay Pratt, and his wife Adele of Fletcher. One of fifteen children, he is survived by five sisters, Essie Spainhour and Margaret Smith of King, NC, Frances Fulk and Avis Bottoms of Pinnacle, NC and Ernestine Boner of Clemmons, NC; and four brothers, Gene Pratt and Dilmer Ray Pratt of King, NC and Grady Pratt and John Pratt of Pinnacle, NC. He also is survived by a sister-in-law, Muriel Pratt of Pinnacle, NC. A funeral service will be held at 12 noon Friday in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Randy Melton. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 pm Thursday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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  1. We are so sorry not to be with you at this time, but we do have fond memories of Pratt, and wish the family the best. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all. Gene and Peg

  2. Mr. Pratt was one of my favorite teachers at Bethel High School,class of 53.I also remember him being a basketball fan,and taking part of the team when necessary in his cone shaped Studebaker.I am sure he will be missed by all.
    My condolences

  3. Dear Amy,

    I am so sorry to hear of Pratts

    death. Mom loved him and you dearly.
    I will be thinking and praying

    for you and your family



  4. Amy, Our prayers are with you in this time of your loss. Mama spoke of you all often and we (Faye/Marcie and I)felt very close to you all even if we didn’t visit often. I have fond memories of our visits to Sandy Mush and getting together with our Buncombe County family.. My highest regards and condolences..

    Dean Wilcox
    Ruby Wells Wilcox – youngest child.

  5. Aunt Amy,
    I’m so sorry about Uncle June. I know Mom is coming up, but I’m sorry that Allison and I can’t be there. Know that we love you and you are in our prayers.

  6. Dear Fred & Donna, You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Please know I am praying for you and your family at this rough time. If there is anything I can do to help please feel free to call me. In Christ Claudia

  7. I am Drexdal’s secretary. I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. He sounded like a very special man who will be greatly missed.

  8. For the Entire Family,

    I’m sorry for your great loss. I hope you may be able to take comfort in knowing that he is at peace now.

  9. Aunt Amy, Sarah and Fred,

    You have my deepest sympathies. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Allison (Julia’s youngest)

  10. Dear Pratt family,
    I have such fond memories of ‘Pratt’ and his strawberries. I am so glad I was able to give him a good laugh during my strawberry picking days! When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I’m here if you want to talk.

  11. Mr. Pratt was one of my favorite teachers at Owen High He made class enjoyable Class of 1962 My deepest sympathy goes out to his family May God bless Mr Pratt

  12. Mr Pratt was one of my favorite high school teachers He made going to class enjoyable Class of 1962 My deepest sympathy goes out to his family God bless Mr Pratt


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