Name of Deceased: William Andrew Pratt
Newspaper: The Messenger and Intelligencer
Date: May 26, 1921
Submitters Name: Charlie Purvis
Obit: Page 2
of William Andrews Pratt, who was born at Cairo, N. C. on Jan. 22, 1847, died at his home in Morven. N. C., April 10, 1921.
Mr. Pratt was a son of the late John J. and Mary Ann Pratt, all of Anson County. His mother's maiden name was Mary Ann Adams.
Mr. Pratt was a grandson several times removed of William Pratt of Revolutionary mention, belonging to General Marion's band of brave men. On his mother's side being a descendant of the Adams family who came from Virginia to the Pee Dee some where about 1760 or1770.
Mr. Pratt was happily married on January 29, 1868, to Miss Mollie E. Parsons, daughter of the late Vincent Parsons and wife, Sarah Buchanan Parsons.
Mr. and Mrs. Pratt lived happily together for 53 years and a few months and to this union was born five children, three sons and two daughters.
The sons are J. v., W. E., and F. P. Pratt of Morven, N. C., his daughters, Mrs. E. E. Pipkin of McFarland, N. C. and Mrs. P. E. Ratliff of Morven, N. C. The greater portion of his life, Mr. Pratt lived on his farm at Cairo, here his home was noted for its hospitality, often called the home of the preachers, he was always happy to lend assistance to anyone in need, and truly may it be said; that he lived "In the House by the side of the road" and was a friend to man.
Mr. Pratt was well read and was always interested in all public affairs of state and county.
He served many years as Justice of the Peace for Morven Township, using his influence ever for the good of mankind.
For 55 years he was a consecrated Christian and member of Shiloh church Lilesville circuit, a steward in his church until his health became greatly impaired. Then he gave up all active work and moved to his home in Morven where he lived very quietly but always interested in Church and state, helping wherever he could; continuing to hold family worship until confined to his bed.
His life was an inspiration, and his memory a blessing.
The interment was in the Morven cemetery, his pastor, Rev. Cherry conducted the services. Beautiful flowers from dear friends covered his mound.