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“To the Pratt Family. May God walk with you and see you through your time of bereavement. It give me great pleasure to sign this page to a wonderful...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Chris Jacobs - Warrenton, VA

“Today is June 26th and I am just learning of Mr. Pratt's Death. I sincerely offer my condolences to the Family. Whom I have know all of my life....Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Toney Green - Columbia, SC

“Uncle Buster was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. May God bless his family always. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Cynthia Wingate - Landover Hills, MD


Obituary "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." John 14:1-4 James Benjamin Pratt, Sr. was the devoted son of the late Johnny and Minnie Cabbagestalk Pratt, Sr. He was born in Hartsville, South Carolina on May 7, 1923. After graduating, he went on to get his carpentry certification from the International Correspondence School of Carpentry. He also later attended the National Radio and Television Institute in Washington, DC. On June 18, 1946, he was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life Josie DeLoris Wingate. They were blessed to be married for 66 years. This union was blessed with four beautiful children. "Buster," as he was affectionately known by many, accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. He put Christ in the forefront of everything he did. He knew the importance of service. It was his willingness to serve that prompted him to work so diligently in his church, Jerusalem Baptist Church. He held several positions within the church. He was a former member of the Trustee Board and a member of the Gospel Chorus. "Buster" was employed with Sonoco Products Company as a Master Carpenter. He worked diligently with this company for 39 years, after which he retired. He was the proud owner of Pratt's Radio and Television Repair Shop and The Swirly Top Snack Bar. "Buster" joined the United States Navy in 1943. He served his country in World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal along with other commendations. He was honorably discharged in 1946 as Petty Officer 2nd Class. He was a hard worker who loved his church and family. He loved to sing, walk, and watch sports. He especially loved his family and spending time with them. He will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who knew him. "Buster" will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Pratt and Minnie Cabbagestalk Pratt; and his siblings, Mildred Johnson and Mary Lee Corbett. Surviving to cherish the memory and maintain the legacy of James Benjamin Pratt, Sr. is his loving wife of 66 years, Josie Pratt of Hartsville, SC; his three daughters, Patricia P (Charles) Douglas of Hartsville, SC, Betty P (James) Jones of Upper Marlboro, MD, and Linda P (Andrew) Marshall of Columbia, SC; a son, James B (Ronda) Pratt, Jr. of Columbia, SC; four sisters, Elizabeth Wheeler of Hartsville, SC, Annie McKenzie of Shelby, NC, Dorothy (James) Larry and Ethel Logan both of Washington, DC; nine grandchildren, Charles E Douglas, Jr. of Rolesville, NC, Trishondra Douglas McGee, James Cameron Pratt, and Courtney A Pratt all of Columbia, SC, Derrick L Jones of Upper Marlboro, MD, Derrell T Jones of Washington, DC, Andrew Marshall, Jr. of Charleston, SC, and Dr. James Randall Marshall of Charlotte, NC; six great grandchildren, Sydney Jones of Upper Marlboro, MD, Ayden Jones of Washington, DC, Kennedy Marshall of Charleston, SC, Charles Douglas, III, Morgan Douglas, and Dylan Douglas all of Rolesville, NC; several adopted family members, Barbara Brown, Carrie Wilson, Sandra and Robert Ervin, Daisy Weaver, Cynthia Dickey, and Carolyn Benjamin, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and very dear friends.