William Campbell Spratt, Jr. ’46

William Campbell Spratt, Jr. ’46 of Fredericksburg, Va. died December 17, 2006. He was a World War II Army Air Corps B-24 pilot, having flown over thirty missions in the European Theater. Upon returning to Fredericksburg, he joined his father at W.C. Spratt Inc. and later became the owner of the company. In 1948, he married Patricia Fitzgerald, who preceded him in death in 1973. An avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, he was a charter member of Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club and a life member of Schenandale Gun Club of Staunton. Campbell was an accomplished jazz musician who played in several area bands through the years. He was well-known for playing the saxophone and was a charter member of the Fredericksburg Big Band. Survivors include his wife of thirty-one years, Ruth Caple Spratt, 318 Ingleside Dr., Fredericksburg, Va. 22405; his children, W.C. “Rob” Spratt III and his wife, Gail, of Fort Myers, Fla.; Stephen W. Spratt and his wife, Linda, of Fredericksburg; Rebecca S. Smith and her husband, Steve, of Lynchburg; Patricia S. “Tricia” Rubenstein and her husband, Tom, of Blacksburg; and Sarah S. Minter and her husband, James, of Fredericksburg; his stepchildren, Donna Corbin of Fredericksburg and Charles W. Caple III and his wife, Susan, of Fredericksburg; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha Helmen and her husband, Harry “Bud” Helmen, of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.