Local Obituaries

William D. Pratt, retired London doctor, dies at 67

Dr. William Devaughn Pratt, a retired London physician who was known for his involvement in professional and community affairs, died of complications from cancer Tuesday at his home. He was 67.

Dr. Pratt, who was certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine, delivered more than 3,000 babies during his career and was a co-founder and director of Tri-County Hospice, which serves Laurel, Knox and Whitley counties. He also was a co-founder and had been chairman of the board of the Cumberland Health Care Organization.

He was a former president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians, had been a member of the Kentucky Medical Association board of directors, was a former president of the Laurel County Medical Society and was former chief of staff of St. Joseph Hospital of London.

In 1995 he was named Kentucky Physician of the Year by the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians.

A former team physician for various sports teams of Laurel County schools, he was once named Volunteer of the Year by the Laurel County Board of Education.

Dr. Pratt was a former president of the United Way of Laurel County. In 1996 he was honored for his service to the organization by being selected as a torch bearer for the Olympics in Atlanta.

He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church of London.

Dr. Pratt was born in Hazard. He graduated from Lexington's Lafayette High School, Centre College in Danville and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Amburgey Pratt; two sons, Michael Devaughn Pratt of London and Mark David Pratt of Birmingham, Ala.; a daughter, Elizabeth Pratt Wallace of Louisville; a brother, Don Pratt of Lexington; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of London. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday at House-Rawlings Funeral Home in London. Memorial gifts are suggested to Centre College, Tri-County Hospice, the Laurel County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or First Presbyterian Church of London.

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