James Lee Pratt, 78, a long-time resident of Benjamin, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. A graveside service was held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Benjamin Cemetery, with Rev. Devyn Pratt officiating. Services are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. A visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 28.
James was born Nov. 24, 1941 in Roswell, NM, to Lois (Yarbrough) Moreland and Lester Pratt. He married Barbara (Bailes) in 1964, in Andrews. He had a passion for running and horse racing. James was a long time manager of the Hamilton Ranch. He became the Pastor at the Benjamin Church of Christ, and later at the Rochester Church of Christ. He especially loved his Red Raiders.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Pratt of Lubbock; son Troy Pratt and wife Nicie of Lubbock; granddaughters Danielle Steinfath and husband Eric of Muleshoe, Tia Pratt of Lubbock; grandsons Devyn Pratt of Vancouver, WA, Tanner Pratt of Lubbock, Gunner Pratt of Lubbock; brothers David Pratt of Santa Fe, TX, Gates Michael “Skipper” Pratt of Lake Jackson, Leslie Pratt of Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Lester Pratt; mother Lois Moreland; daughter Aimee Pratt; brother Leonard Pratt; and sister Mary Jane (Pratt) Boomhower.
Memorials may be made in James’ name to the West Texas Running Club: P.O. Box 2921, Lubbock, TX 79413. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.