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Gregory Pratt, Sr.
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DURHAM: Gregory Pratt, Sr., was born June 29, 1947 in Durham to the parents of William E. Pratt and Bessie M. Adams Pratt. Greg (as he was affectionately called), age 70, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at his home in Durham. Greg accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and lived his life helping others.

Academically, Greg was educated in the Durham School System graduating from Hillside High School. Greg showed leadership abilities at an early age. He was leader of Hillside High School’s Auto Mechanics Team, competing in state competition to analyze and repair cars. Greg led the team to two consecutive state championships, one his junior and one his senior high school years. Greg’s ability in repairing cars motivated him to attend A&T State University in Mechanical Engineering. His leadership abilities were again apparent when he was elected President of the Motivational Social Youth Group known as “The 8 Knights”. The group’s purpose was to motivate and direct young black youth to achieve academically and socially in the ever present changing world. After college, he was employed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Greg married his high school sweetheart the late Ernestine Idell Cornellius. From that union were born three children, Gregory Pratt, Jr. “Big Man”, Steve Michael Pratt and Melanie Nicole Pratt.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three children, Gregory Pratt, Jr. “Big Man”, Steve Michael Pratt and Melanie Nicole Pratt; his father, William E. Pratt; mother Bessie M. Pratt; one sister, Theresa Gayle Pratt; one brother, Harold Pratt, Sr.; aunts, Margaret, Sandra, Beverly, great-aunt, Virgie Mangum. Also to cherish his memory, uncle to Harold Pratt, Jr., Shawn Lamont Pratt, Jonathan Arthur Pratt, Adam Lanier Pratt; granddaddy to Brinton D. Hayes, Brittany D. Hayes, Lau’ren Lightbourn, “Greg-daddy” to Maliya Riley, Makayla Riley, Kamria Taborn, Kamanie Taborn, Cartier Taborn and great granddaddy to Carter Hayes and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 11th at 12:30pm at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11am to 12:30pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Beechwood Cemetery. A reception for the family will follow the services in Clements Gathering Room.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

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Visitation Prior to the Service




11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Funeral Service




12:30 PM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Gathering of Friends and Family Following Service




2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home

1117 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705

Cemetery Details


Beechwood Cemetery



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