Roy McRee Spratt, lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired), died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Roy was born June 13, 1920, to Edna G. and Frank K. Spratt in Greenville, S.C. Roy was a Southern gentleman with a clever sense of humor and was so proud of his service to his country.
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He graduated from Presbyterian College in 1941 and went into the U.S. Army in 1942, later transferring to the U.S. Air Force where he was a bomber/navigator. He was awarded 13 Asiatic-Pacific battle stars, and one Air Medal with four clusters and the Philippine Liberation Medal with two battle stars. He retired in 1964 from the 100th Bomb Wing at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. He started Spratt Construction & Real Estate Co. in 1965 in Chapel Hill and built, sold and renovated many homes for more than 25 years.
Roy was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church and an associate member of Holden Beach Chapel and sang in both choirs. He played saxophone with the Fidgety Feet Dixieland Band in Chapel Hill for more than 20 years and was an avid bridge player.
Roy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Roberta Drew Spratt; son, Frank K. Spratt III of Oregon; daughters, Louann Spratt Doran of Chapel Hill, Karen Spratt Jones of Winston-Salem and Melissa Spratt Waldron and husband Tom of Greensboro; grandchildren, Courtney Doran, Abigail and Natalie Waldron, and Sam Spratt; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Chloe Congleton; sister-in-law, Grace Baud of Farmington, N.H.; and 10 nieces and nephews and their spouses. Roy was predeceased by his son, Robert McRee Spratt; grandson, Robert Edmond Doran Jr.; brothers, Frank, and wife, Florence, and Edward, and wife, Evelyn; and sister, Ann, and husband, James Wilson.
A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Clemmons Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. William Hoyle. The family received guests following the service in the fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to the church, 3930 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC 27012 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.frankvoglerandsons.com.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, 2013