Jessie Ray Pratt

August 10, 1939February 18, 2014
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Jessie Ray Pratt 1939-2014

Jessie Ray Pratt, 74, of Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Jessie was born in Portageville, MO in August of 1939. He was preceded in death by his mother Geneva Molin, father Jesse E Pratt, brother James E Pratt, and daughter Judith A Pratt.Jessie served his country with the United States Air Force for 20-plus years as an aircraft mechanic. Being in the Air Force gave him the opportunity to travel and see the world where he met his beautiful bride in the Philippines. After retiring as a Staff Sergeant with the Air Force he took his skills as a mechanic to the civilian world. He worked as an automotive mechanic and later on as an over the road truck driver with 5 different companies. Jessie's varied life and job experiences made him complex and the great man he was. He was a beloved husband, wonderful father, a great uncle, a caring grandpa, and thoughtful friend. Jessie loved to spend time with his family taking trips and sometimes taking them along with him on the road. He loved watching baseball and football on the weekends and grilling out with the family. Family was important to him and he lived to make sure they were taken care of and happy.Jessie is survived by his beautiful wife of 38 years, Helaria A. Pratt, his children Janet Cons Ledesma (Manny), James Pratt (Amanda), Betty Bent, Lorie Rani (Rodney) and Sheri Danser (Chad). He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A visitation with reception will be held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm. The funeral mass will be held at Little Flower Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11am with Father Eugene Casserly officiating. Burial with full military honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, aboard NAS Pensacola, to follow.Oak Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation with Reception Monday, February 24, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Dan and Cecille Prater

February 24, 2014

May peace be yours during this difficult time
With Sympathy

Lin Lewandowski

February 24, 2014

My heart cries for you, knowing that you are saying farewell to your daddy for the time. May all your memories of precious times with him comfort you. He was quite the character, especially a joy in our computer class, and was a special man. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy. Ms. Linda

Ruth Pratt

February 24, 2014

Grandpa Jessie, I am sorry that I won't be there tomorrow. I wish I could have seen you before you passed. Always in my heart,

Ruth Ann Pratt

Dallas Stearns

February 24, 2014

Our deepest condolences for your family. Peace be with you.

-The Stearns family.

February 24, 2014

Dear Pratt Family & Relatives.
Our heavenly father knows the pain you are going through, he promises that he will “heal the broken hearted ones and bind up their painful spots” and he “is near to all those calling on him” - Psalm 147:3; Psalm 145:18. May the “God of all comfort” be with your family and may your cherish memories of your loved one be a healing force of strength for your family to draw on.
With deepest sympathy I share your sorrow.
Harold H

February 22, 2014

In Loving memory of my Father Jessie. I'm glad I could have spent time with him before his passing. From his loving daughter Janet in Kennewick, Wa. Love & Miss you dad.

February 21, 2014

Thoughts and prayers coming to you from your entire Dunkin Donuts family, Navy and Airport.