William Harry Spratt, Jr., 89, Mechanic, passed away October 2, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. William was born January 5, 1928 in Mingus, Texas to parents William Harry Spratt Sr. and Geneva J. Gazzola. Known by his middle name, Harry joined the United States Navy Corp during WWII and served our country during the Korean War. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, he went to work for American Airlines as a lead aircraft mechanic. He retired after 38+ years, earning many awards of service with American Airlines including Mechanic of the year in 1981.
Harry grew up in Mingus, Texas where is family prospered. He comes from a long line of hardworking, successful people who valued ethics and education. His grandfather, Dr. John Spratt, was a local physician and professor of economics at San Angelo Junior College (now Angelo State University) and Southern Methodist University. He also authored several books on economic history, such as The Niagara Falls Conference of 1914: Its Causes and Results (1928), The Road to Spindletop: Economic Change in Texas, 1875-1901 (1955), and Thurber, Texas: The Life and Death of a Company Coal Town (1986). Harryâ€™s father William Harry Sr. was a pharmacist. Harry Sr. and his wife Geneva owned a drug store, liquor store and the local post office.
Harry was a stong, loyal and hardworking man. He was a man you could trust and place your faith in. He was honorable and respected. When he called you friend, it was for life.
He will be missed by all those who loved him and whom he loved in return.