Dr. John Richard Pratt
(January 7, 1942 - September 28, 2020)

Dr. John Richard Pratt of Winona passed away at his home on Monday, September 28, at the age of 78.  He was born
in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 7, 1942, and was the son of the late Richard Allen and Marguerite Deterly Pratt of
Wilson, Arkansas.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marguerite Carolyn Pratt.

Dr. Pratt graduated from Wilson High School in 1960 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from
Millsaps College in 1964, a Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry from Mississippi State University in 1967, and a PhD
in Organic Chemistry in 1974 from the University of Southern Mississippi, where Dr. and Mrs. Pratt established the
Deterly-Pratt scholarship for future math and science educators.

After spending one blustery winter in Chicago, Ilinois, working as a research chemist for Desoto, Inc., the Pratts moved
back to Mississippi, where Dr. Pratt was granted tenure at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus as he
performed research under a six-year grant with NASA/Langley Research Center.  From 1984-1990 he worked as a
staff chemist for NASA at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.  While there, he was awarded 12 U.S.
patents and 1 international patent for work in the polymeric materials branch, along with 53 publications, 24 as first
author.  Dr. Pratt retired from Holmes Community College in 2008, after 15 years of teaching.  He was also a veteran
of the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Pratt is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katharine Flurry Pratt of Winona; his daughter, Carolyn Denney (Ryan) of
Holly Springs, North Carolina; his son, Phillip Richard Pratt of Winona; and one grandson, Luke Ryan Denney.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona, with Rev.
Chad Bowen officiating.  The family will have a private visitation.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Denney, Dr. Joseph Lee, Charles Lockhart, Ronnie Morrow, Mike Peeples, and Phillip Pratt.  
Honorary pallbearers will be John Frerichs, Tish Johnson, and Joe Woodyard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moore Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 467,
Winona, MS  38967.
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Saturday, October 3             11 am
Oakwood Cemetery
January 7, 1942
September 28, 2020
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Ginger Robinson Hicks

Katherine, We are so sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our prayers. We pray for God to give
you strength and comfort you during this time. Ron and Ginger Hicks Heber Springs, Arkansas

Juanita Wright

Katharine, I am so sorry. I still appreciate his nice visit with me here at Wesley Meadows. May you feel God's love and

Linda Bennett

Katharine I am so sorry to heard about Richard. Praying for you and your family.

Eugenia Collins

Katharine, Sorry about Dr.Pratt. If I can hp you with anything, I am just across the road, please let me know.

steve winters

So sorry to hear about Richard. I will put you in my prayers.

Janie Campbell

Katharine, I am so sorry about John. A very dear friend of mine, Jack Holiday, thought the world of him. Jack talked
about him very often. Our prayers are with you and your family. Janie Williams Campbell, Class of 1965

Norma Costilow

Katharine, was so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Elin and Max Juchheim and Family

Katharine and Phillip, So sorry to read of Dr. Pratt's passing. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at
this sad time.

Truman and Delores Scarborough

Praying for you in this time of sorrows. May God bless you with peace, strength and comfort .

Sarah Perkins

My love and prayers for you and your family now and in the days to come.

Charles Williams

Dr. Pratt was my chemistry teacher at Holmes, many years ago, and I found him to be one of the most interesting
individuals that I have ever met. Sorry for your loss , but he has gone to be with the Lord to rest. He made a positive
impact on my life , a man I will never forget. I now am an instructor at Northwest CC in Senatobia, in the Industrial
Electronics Engineering Technology department and just last week I was telling my students about this amazing
chemistry teacher I had when I went to school. He was a great man and I am so fortunate to have had him be a part of
my life. The world lost a good man but Heaven gained a great soul.

Larry and Kay Emmons

Hugs and prayers to you Katharine and family!

Susan and Jimmy Brown

Katharine, Jimmy and I are so sorry about Richard. We loved getting to know him in Bible study years ago. Please
know we love you and are thinking about you.

Larry & Ann

Katharine - We are very sorry for your loss in Richard's passing. Know that you, Phillip, Caroline, and your whole
family are in our prayers. We will continue to be with you and be family with you. Blessings now for comfort and peace
in the coming days and weeks. Ann & Larry Hooker

Gail Carpenter

Katherine I am sorry for your loss, just read obits today. From what I read today, he must have been a great educator
and mentor. You have great memories plus your special children. God will give everything you need in the days to
come .