George C. SprattJanuary 8th, 2020
George C. Spratt, 90, of Fulton, died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at home after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was born in Los Angeles on March 14, 1929 to Jean (Allen) Spratt and George Spratt, and spent most of his growing up years in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was joined in marriage to Mary L. Sommers of Dundas, Minn. on August 3, 1957. George served in the Navy near the end of World War II, before graduating from Macalaster College and Bexley Hall Theological Seminary. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest and ministered to Native American congregations in northern Minnesota, as well as to parishes in Minneapolis and southern Minnesota before going to Liberia, West Africa where he was superintendent of boarding schools for Liberian children, oversaw a small rubber plantation, and ministered to congregations. He later served parishes in Wabasha, Minn. and at Christ Church, St. Andrew's, and St. Michael and All Angels in the Kansas City area before moving to Fulton where he served St. Alban's, St. Mark's - Portland, and St. Matthew's - Mexico. He was much loved for his compassionate ministry and storytelling, especially to children. His avocation was acting; he had more than 35 major roles in plays including at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Arrowrock, Kansas City Repertoire Theatre, UMKC, and MU Experimental Theatres, Rochester, Mn. Civic Theatre, and William Woods University. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Margaret Pruitt of Excelsior Springs; son, Steve Spratt (Josephine) of Waldorf, Md.; daughter, Rachel Spratt of Santa Barbara, Calif.; grandchildren, Arrianna Jaben-Stein and Nicholas Pruitt of the Kansas City area; as well as many nieces, nephews, and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James; and little son, Christopher Spratt. A memorial service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated for St. Alban's Episcopal Church of Fulton, Episcopal Relief and Development or the Southern Poverty Law Center, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251. Condolences may be left for the family at www.maupinfuneralhome.com.