86R22285 JGH-D
  By: Wray H.R. No. 1046
         WHEREAS, Family and friends will long cherish their memories
  of World War II veteran Oliver James Pratt of Belton, who passed
  away on March 6, 2019, at the age of 94; and
         WHEREAS, Born on October 17, 1924, Mr. Pratt came of age
  during World War II; although he was eligible for exemption from
  military service because he was working as a printer for the Belton
  Journal, he enlisted anyway and served in the U.S. Navy, taking part
  in six major battles in the Pacific theater; after the war, he
  returned to his job at the newspaper, rising to become the
  publication's production manager; in 1974, he started his own
  business, Pratt Printing, and ran it for 10 years before selling the
  company and retiring at the age of 60; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Pratt shared a rewarding marriage with his wife,
  Alice Lorain Pratt, until her passing; he took great pride in his
  son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Martha Pratt, and his two
  grandsons and their wives, David and Kris Pratt and Bill and Katy
  Pratt, as well as his great-grandchildren, Courtney, Nathan, Lilly,
  and Christian; and
         WHEREAS, A proud veteran and a loving family man, Oliver
  Pratt lived a caring and purposeful life, and he will forever be
  remembered with deep affection by all who held him close in their
  hearts; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Oliver James Pratt and
  extend heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Oliver
  James Pratt.