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Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA

OBITUARY

Raymond S. Prats Jr.

June 3, 1951February 10, 2020

Ray Prats, Jr. went to be home with his Lord and Savior on the morning of Monday, February 10, 2020 due to natural causes. He was 68 years old. Born and raised in the New Orleans area, graduate of Lake Castle Private School, Holy Cross High School and Tulane University, where he was a member of the 1970-1974 football team. Husband of Linda Ehren Prats, father of Raymond (Trey) S. Prats, III (Lacey) and Christian S. Prats (Lauren) and Grandfather to Oliver, Sam, Eli, and Dylan. Preceded in death by his Father, Raymond S. Prats, Sr. and survived by his mother, Joycelyn (Kate) V. Prats. Preceded in death by his brother, Michael N. Prats and survived by his sister Donna Sarrat (late Ronnie Sarrat) and brother Tommy Prats (Debbie). Brother-in-law to Craig & Sheila Englert and Ronnie & Karen Breath. Loved by nieces and nephews, Stu, Erin, Michael, Stephen, Whitley, Claire, Jeff, Kelly, and “adopted” daughters, Danielle (Keith) & Shauna, and “adopted” granddaughters, Aliyah & Olivia. Ray was a dedicated husband, father, and friend. He loved serving Jesus as a member and leader at Lakeview Christian Center, where he devoted 20+ years towards teaching and using his testimony to bring countless people to The Lord. Ray was also an avid sports fan. He coached both his sons’ sports teams until high school, where both eventually went on to play football at Brother Martin and Holy Cross. Ray was a lifelong supporter of Tulane athletics as an original member of “The Greenbackers”. Above all else, Ray loved his family and relished being a “Pawpee” to his grandsons. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Ray’s life on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive, New Orleans. Visitation starting at 9AM until noon and a service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oliver’s Miracle Foundation, 14467 Oak Path Drive, Prairieville, LA 70769. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020

Memories

Raymond S. Prats Jr.

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Byron Pettingill

February 17, 2020

Ray was my childhood friend. We played football together as kids. He was always a star. We competed against each other in high school. It was so great to see him again at the Holy Cross-Jesuit football reunion game this past year. We met at midfield during half time and gave each other a big hug. Great childhood memories! Rest In Peace, Ray Ray.
Byron Pettingill

Julie, Joe, Sarah and Ethan Roth

February 17, 2020

So sorry to here of Ray’ passing. We may be in Texas for 14 years but still considered him a true friend along with all the family. Linda please let me know if there is anything we can do for you and the family. We will be in New Orleans 19 to 27 th. Love and condolences!! The Roth’s

Brian/Barbara Schayot

February 16, 2020

Our prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort.

Brian and Barbara Schayot

John and Tammy May

February 15, 2020

Ah Ray, to say you will be terribly missed is such an understatement. To engage with Ray was to encounter Jesus and Ray’s passion for Jesus and to encounter the love of both Jesus and Ray. Our hearts are broken for his dear family and for ourselves and our church family. Such a massive hole has been left. But what an amazing legacy has been left!! His was an exemplary life to which we should all aspire!! Through the tears of our heartbreaking sorrow we are also able to rejoice with Ray as he now beholds the glorious face of his beloved Lord and Savior Who welcomed him with arms wide open. We are so thankful Ray, for all you have meant to all of us and all you have done in furthering the Kingdom for God’s glory !! And we are so thankful to Him for saving you and using you so mightily for His glorious purposes, and for letting us have the joy of your presence among us for a little while here. We look forward to eternity together, our brother!! Until we arrive we are blessed that you are filled with joy unspeakable!! Love you always!!

Andre Waguespack

February 14, 2020

Today is the day we celebrate your life, Ray! There is no way to go thru it all - it would take weeks. Your love of the Lord will be forever ingrained in my mind! Your servant attitude and your love of life. The memories that I will forever see in my mind are you raising your hands in worship in church and you sitting at an Alpha table sharing the Gospel. Your memory will live on in the hearts and minds of so many forever! I thank God that I had the privilege of knowing you!

CHARLES & IJEOMA ODIZURU - ABANGWU JR

February 14, 2020

We pray God to grant the entire Prat’s family and Lakeview Christian Centre the fortitude & Grace to bear this irreparable loss. Our 6 year old daughter Ihechi whom you taught at Sunday school is asking a lot of questions and trying to process what has happened. In the 7 months we have been at LCC it is evident that you have run a good race and we all pray your soul rests in perfect peace . Fare well .

Mary Mattern

February 14, 2020

Ray, I'll always remember your spiritual posts on Facebook and I will miss reading them. They always brought me a lot of hope. You're home now with Jesus, where we all long to be! Love you always, until we meet again! Mary Mattern

Toni Hebert

February 13, 2020

Ray will always be my spiritual guide. His love to serve the Lord inspired me to be a disciple. I will miss our long talks about the Lord's word always in agreement and wisdom centered. I know where he is and I know he is in full joy of the presence of his King. Sad I won't be able to talk to him but find comfort knowing he is smiling and singing and worshipping in the fullness of our Savior's presence. I see him leading the songs in joy. What a love he had for the Lord and how it inspired me and that is my memory of my dear friend Ray. I will miss your contagious laugh and our talks. Blessings and comfort to Linda. See you soon my friend when I get home in March. Regards to you and my regerts I will not be able to attend Rays service. Love you and praying for you. ❌⭕❌⭕

Barry Butera

February 13, 2020

Ray was one of the greatest people I have ever had the privilege to have known. He was passionate about life and made everyone around him smile. The glass was always half full and never half empty thru his eyes.
Ray had sterling character that was beyond reproach. He was a great athlete, a fierce competitor, an amazing friend, and a natural born leader.
My deepest sympathies go out to Linda and the entire family. The world is a better place because of Ray's 68 years with us.
Ray will be sorely missed by all who knew him and loved him. But all of us who knew Ray are better people because of the times we got to share with him.
Rest in peace my friend!

Marilyn Baudier

February 13, 2020

Dearest Linda and family, we are completely at a loss for words to express how deeply grief stricken Joey and I are for you and your precious family during this terrible time of loss. Linda, I am praying for you to find healing through God‘s infinite love and mercy and do take comfort in knowing that you are never alone. God always walks beside us during our darkest of days. I love you my friend and sister in Christ. If I can be of any assistance please know you can count on me.

FROM THE FAMILY