Mr. Jerry Lewis Pratt, Sr. was born on February 19, 1956 to the Reverend Joseph Pratt and late Mary Frances “Polly” Hollis Pratt in Sylacauga, Alabama.
Jerry attended grade school at East Highland Middle School and graduated from Sylacauga High School of Sylacauga, Alabama. He was employed as a machinist for 17 years with Avondale Mills in Sylacauga and 5 years with Russell Mills in Alexander City.
In 1997 Jerry moved to California to begin a new chapter of his life. He continued his work as a machinist in Vista, California. He later retired due to medical complications. While in California, Jerry rededicated his life to Jesus Christ and began his work in ministry. In 2010, Jerry relocated back to his hometown, Sylacauga, Alabama. He united with his home Church St. Paul A.M.E. where he served as a member of the Lay Organization, Sons of Allen, Trustee, Steward, Superintendent of Sunday School and a Delegate for the Alabama River Region Annual Conference.
Jerry was a guy with a good heart, spirit and soul. An awesome Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and a great Friend to many. He loved reading his Bible. He blessed his friends and family with daily bible scriptures via text messages, social media or word of mouth. Walmart was his favorite place to spread his ministry. He loved walking the aisles of Walmart with a smile on his face and spreading the word of Jesus Christ. He loved meeting new people and making friends.
October 10, 2015, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Betty Woods of Sylacauga, Alabama.
Jerry departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior on October 31, 2020 at University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center, Birmingham, AL. .
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Pratt and three brothers, Joseph Pratt, Jr., Anthony Pratt and Herbert Pratt.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife Betty, his children from a previous marriage to the late Patricia Ervin Pratt, Jerry Pratt Jr., Patrice Pratt Ware (Ali) of Sacramento, California, God Daughter, Tamara Hoffner of San Francisco, California, one Grandchild, Kahliya Pratt of Seattle, Washington, three sisters, Shirley Parks of Sylacauga, Verleta Baker of Childersburg and Wanda Jackson (Clarence) of Dayton, Ohio.
Jerry is also survived by children he gained when he marriage with his wife Betty; Shanna (Vince) Averette of Huntsville, and Justin Smith of Sylacauga; grandchildren Jordan Rush, Chyna Smith, Alivia Averette and Jaxon Jrue; and six sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends
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