Lonnie McCoy Pratt


Lonnie McCoy Pratt, of Roanoke, was born on March 22, 1928, and passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013. He was born in Surry County, N.C., to the late William and Lula Pratt. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ida Whitaker; a brother and sister-in-law, Clayton and Mabel Pratt; and two nephews, Joseph Pratt and Michael Bass. Upon his high school graduation, he moved to Roanoke and attended National Business College. He worked for Pitzer Transfer & Storage where he retired as President. His favorite pastimes were baseball, fishing, bowling and dancing. He was a member of the Roanoke Bowling Association, where he was the first inductee into the Roanoke Hall of Fame. He also was a member of the Roanoke Moose Lodge, Roanoke Jaycees, and was an ardent fisherman, where he had earned multiple citations for his flounder. Mr. Pratt was a longtime member of the National Republican Party.

He is survived by two daughters, Renee Garman, and Dianne Thornton and husband, Mark; four grandchildren, Jennifer Teachey, Todd Crosswhite and wife, Christie, Kristie Sturgill, and Brian Crosswhite and wife, Shannan. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan Teachey, Michael Sturgill, Megan Sturgill, Cody Childress, Kacie Crosswhite, Tiffany Crosswhite, Emily Crosswhite, Jesse Crosswhite, Olivia Crosswhite, and Kaylee Crosswhite; one great-great-granddaughter, Ava Madison Sturgill; and his former wife, Betty Stanley and husband, Coy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or the charity of your choice .

The family would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Michael Malpass, the entire staff of the Cardiac Rehab facility of Lewis Gale, Dr. James Bergen and staff at UVA Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospice. A special thank you goes to Eunice Wright for all of her physical and spiritual help during our time of crisis. He loved his family and many friends, and will be deeply missed by all.


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