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Elroy Jefferson "Bud" Pratt

Elroy Jefferson "Bud" Pratt passed away Friday, December 22, 2000 in a Houston hospital at the age of 78. Born December 18, 1922 to Fred Cameron and Rhea Pratt, Bud spent his boyhood in Joplin, Missouri. After graduation from high school, he enrolled in Texas A&M University as a proud member of the Class of '44. As World War II progressed, Bud's entire class was drafted into active duty. Before leaving for active duty, Bud married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Lankford Pratt. Bud proudly served his country in Burma as a member of the company responsible for the construction of the Burma Road. When the War ended, Bud and Ginny moved to College Station where Bud completed his engineering degree from Texas A&M. Following graduation, Bud and his young family moved to Baytown, Texas where they lived for 24 years. Bud worked for Humble Oil and Refining Company and, along with a number of other engineers designed much of the equipment that enabled The Humble/Exxon Refinery to grow into a worldwide refining company. During his employment with Humble/Exxon, Bud not only worked at the Baytown refinery, but also at the Exxon plant in Rotterdam, The Netherlands training Dutch engineers, and the Exxon refinery in Benecia, California. In 1986 Bud retired from Exxon after 40 years of faithful service.

He was a quiet, dignified man whose life fully embodied the term "gentleman." Like many men of his generation, Bud went about life doing what needed to be done without discussion or complaint. Bud enjoyed traveling and playing bridge. He was an avid reader and studied the Bible in depth. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Baytown, where he served as a deacon and an elder; he also was a member of Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek, California, and Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas.

Bud was preceded in death by his father, Fred Cameron Pratt, his mother, Rhea Pratt, and his wife of 56 years, Virginia Lee Pratt. He is survived by his son, James Pratt, and wife, Patricia of Missouri City, Texas; daughter, Judi Jacquin, and husband, Jules, of Clifton Park, New York; grandson, Greg Pratt, and his wife Shalise, of Katy, Texas; granddaughter, Stephanie Pratt of College Station, Texas and her fiancˇ, David Alexander of Cleburne, Texas; grandson, Jay Jacquin, of Atlanta, Georgia; great-granddaughters, Mollie Rhea and Mackenzie Alise Pratt, of Katy, Texas; and sister, Ester Kitty McDonald, of Kansas City, Missouri.

A service honoring Bud's life was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2000 at First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, (1220 FM 1092 in Missouri City) with Rev. Dr. Richard Burnham officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at San Jacinto Memorial Park, 14659 I-10 East, Houston, TX 77015. For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of The Settegast-Kopf Co. at Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. (281) 565-5015.

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