Howard M. Pratt, age 92, entered peacefully into joy on Friday, October 15, 2021 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.

Born on July 17, 1929, in Columbus, GA, he was the son of the late James Howard and Connie Bowen Pratt. 

Howard attended Georgia Tech and graduated with a BS in Engineering. After college, Howard joined the U.S. Army and served as a Signal Officer in Germany. He also worked for Georgia Power Company for 40 years. In his free time, Howard enjoyed golfing, fishing and sailing. He was a faithful churchman wherever the family lived.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years: Alva Jean Eller Pratt, his brother Ralph Pratt, and a grandson Matthew Barton. 

He is survived by his children: Deborah Barton (Mike) of St. Louis, MO, Michael Pratt (Windy) of Southern Pines, NC, Connie Smith of Woodstock, GA; sisters Patty Pratt King and Judith Pratt Arrowood; five grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 

A memorial graveside service will be held at Riverdale Cemetery in Columbus, GA on December 11th, at 2:30 PM. Reception to follow.

Memorials may be directed to Tuckston UMC, 4175 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605.

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Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pratt family. 

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  1. Howard and Jean were friends here in The Villages and I consider it a great pleasure to have known them for many years! Exciting to know that we will meet them again when the rest of us get to Heaven!

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