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Arthur "Bill" William Pratt Jr.

April 1, 1942April 24, 2020
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NEW IBERIA – Private graveside services will be conducted for Arthur William “Bill” Pratt, Jr., age 78. A public memorial service will take place at a later date.

A native of New Iberia, Bill was born April 1, 1942, passed away on April 24, 2020 in Franklin, LA.

Raised in New Iberia, Bill graduated in 1960 from Catholic High School, where he excelled in all sports and was active in various civic clubs.

Bill received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from USL. He also studied at DePauw University and later earned his Master’s in Education at UL of L. He had a passion for learning throughout his life, focusing his studies on his Catholic Religion in later years.

Bill was a devout Catholic and Godly man. His children will always remember him with a smile on his face and his loving, patient and kind ways. He taught them by example the morals and values of their Catholic faith.

Bill’s greatest joy was coming home to his family and playing with his children, whether it was board games or sports activities. His other loves were music, dancing and running.

Bill has most often been described as a true southern gentleman whose gentle spirit touched those he encountered.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur W. “Sparky” Pratt and Ruth deBlanc Pratt. He is survived by his children Donna Pratt Morel and husband Craig, Sr. of New Iberia; Catherine Pratt DeGroat and husband David, Jr. of New Iberia; William and Michelle Durand Pratt of Austin, TX; Virginia Pratt Segura and husband Todd of New Iberia. Six grandchildren, Craig Morel, Jr., and wife Eryn; Jenna Morel Latiolais and husband Kevin; Jacob Segura; Nicholas Segura; Taylor DeGroat; Captain David Allen DeGroat III; Five great grandchildren, Lily, Camille, Maggie and Annie Morel; Ozzie Latiolais. His siblings Connie Pratt Rougeou of New Iberia; Edward A. Pratt and wife Jean of Lafayette; Irving A. Pratt and partner Alicia Bienvenu of New Iberia.

Pallbearers: Craig Morel, Sr., David DeGroat, Jr., Todd Segura, Edward Pratt, Irving Pratt, William Pratt and Will Bernard.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the love and outstanding care they showed Bill and family throughout his extended time there. They also wish to thank Hospice of Acadiana for the exceptional heartfelt care given to Bill as well as the support and consideration given to the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Peters Catholic Church P.O. Box 12507, New Iberia, LA 70562-2507 or Hospice of Acadiana 2600 Johnston St. Ste. 200 Lafayette, LA 70503

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook is available at www.evangelinefuneralhome.com


  • Arthur William Pratt, III. (Michelle), Son
  • Donna Pratt Morel (Craig), Daughter
  • Catherine Pratt DeGroat (David), Daughter
  • Virginia Pratt Segura (Todd), Daughter
  • Edward Pratt (Jean), Brother
  • Irving Pratt, Brother
  • Connie Pratt Rougeou, Sister
  • Arthur William Pratt, Sr. and Ruth DeBlanc Pratt, Parents (deceased)

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Hazel Dupre Delahoussaye

May 8, 2020

William, Virginia, Donna, and Cathy,

Our sincere sympathy to you and all of your loved ones at the loss of your beloved Dad! May God forgive him his sins and welcome him into Paradise! We enjoyed all the pictures you shared.
May our loving and gracious Lord bless all of you with His peace and

Our love and prayers, Mr. Harry and Mrs. Hazel

P.S. William, we saw you in your Dad in so many pictures!

Sylvia June Delcambre

May 3, 2020

Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear that your loving Father has passed away. Although I only knew him briefly when my son Elijah was one of his cathecism students at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church. I learned a lot listening to your father do the readings in church. What a wonderful life he had. May he rest in peace with God always. Your friend always, June and Elijah Delcambre.

David A. DeGroat Sr.

April 28, 2020

Bill was a Very Special Person-My Condolences to all his Family. I guess what I'd like to Share is that he left this Life and will always be remembered as a Good and Gentle Person through out his Life on Earth. That's more then most People could ever hope to achieve.
David A.DeGroat Sr.

Keith Laperouse

April 28, 2020

Growing up next to the Pratts was a real treat. Bill reminded me in looks and mannerism of Monseiur Deblanc who Ruth though so highly of. Those were the days. Condolences on his passing.


LouAnn Dugas

April 28, 2020

Dear Virginia and Family,,,,,,
Sending my sympathies to your family for the loss of your dad...
He loved his family and will definitely be watching over all of you.....
Cherish all the memories made throughout the years......
Will keep you in my daily prayers......

Vivian Bednarz

April 27, 2020

Bill loved to visit with my dad and mom (Tom and Viv Porter) in Lafayette. I remember his infectious smile and kindness. Much love and condolences to his family from his cousin Viv (Beanie) and Phil❤️

David Wormser

April 27, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. " Sparky" and Miss Ruth were a very special part of my life ,like family. So many happy memories. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Only wish that I could be there to share a hug . My sincerest condolences to all the family.

John Berard

April 27, 2020

Your family has my deepest sympathy....you all will be in my prayers....I remember him from school and later working with him at the Iberia Parish School Board where we hired him as our Purchasing Agent in the early 70s.....he was always in a good mood with a joke or two.....

virginia Segura

April 26, 2020

Henri Porter May

April 26, 2020

I remember the wonderful times I had with you and the Pratt cousins at MawMaw Deblanc's house playing hide and seek. Bill was always smiling and kind to the younger cousins. I know he is not suffering anymore and he is in a better place.




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