Today, we celebrate the triumphant life of Annie Mae “Tootsie” Pratt. A life that was filled with ups and downs; love and sorrow; joy and pain, but through it all, she was victorious. She was a fighter at heart and never lost a battle. Even down to her last bout, she fought a good fight; she stayed on course and finished the race. She kept her faith! On May 17, 2023, she surrendered to the will of God and peacefully entered her place of rest, where her parents: Preston and Bernice Pratt, and her brothers: James F, Walter and Archie Pratt awaited her arrival to once again be united.
Annie was a spunky young girl born March 13, 1958, in Camden, New Jersey. She was raised in North Camden along with her siblings. Being the baby girl growing up with seven brothers, Annie learned to be swift with her hands and slick with her mouth: very capable of handling herself. She was a very high spirited and energetic individual that was full of life and enthusiasm and enjoyed sharing it with others. Her words were powerful, raw, and inspired hope, as she unapologetically spoke her truth. Annie was well loved and affectionately known as Tootsie Pratt. Although she appeared to have a tough exterior, she had a bright and bubbly personality and was beautiful inside and out and she didn’t mind giving a helping hand where needed. She truly had a heart of gold.
Tootsie was raised in the church and accepted Jesus Christ into her life at an early age. But like the prodigal son, she had a desire to experience life and that she did. Having a solid foundation, she overcame her obstacles; came to her senses and rededicated her life to Christ. She joined in fellowship with Faith Baptist Church in Camden, New Jersey under the leadership of Reverend Paul Tanner Kennedy. She enjoyed cooking and provided numerous dishes for an array of church functions alongside her mother and sister, whom she assisted with various other church functions.
Tootsie was educated in the Camden City Public School System and later attended Camden County College. She became a Certified Home Health Aide and was gainfully employed with Vista Care in Westville, New Jersey. She was routinely given local assignments and would often provide one on one care at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. Tootsie took pride in the service that she provided. She had a passion for helping others and making sure that they were properly fed and cared for.
Tootsie treasured her husband, children, close family, and friends. She embraced every moment she shared with them. She enjoyed the warmth of their presence and the sound of their laughter resonating in her ear. She enjoyed their conversations and imparting her knowledge and wisdom upon them. She had the solution to the problem and there was no problem that she could not resolve. She was the counselor. Her famous lines were “Let It Do What It Do” and “Do What You Do”. Tootsie also enjoyed playing cards and just shooting the breeze. She had a flair for fashion and was known to set the trend. She had extraordinary taste and always stepped out ready for the cover of a magazine. She was our “Chocolate Girl”.
Tootsie quietly and peacefully closed her eyes in deep sleep. Rest from her labor, her reward to keep. A blink, a smile forever gone. It was time for her to transition on. A life fully lived; time well spent, a temporary loan from Heaven, Tootsie was sent. Her journey on earth has come to an end, but her legacy of love will
remain, until we meet again. Tootsie leaves to cherish fond memories: Her devoted husband, friend and
companion, Squire “June” Daniels; Her loving children and Bonus Son: Turwon, Turron (Jeanna), Tymisha Tytisha Pratt, and Robert Smalls; Her Grandchildren: Ce’Azia, Imani, Khalil, Tur’Ryah, Tur’Rona, Tymere, Sur’Ryia, Turwon Jr. and Brianna; Her Great Grandchildren: Naser, Sincere and Valentino; Her Sister and Bonus Sisters: Daisy Bynum, Lizzie Jones and Louella Smalls; Her Brothers: James T (Cassandra), Ronnie, Michael “Nasir” and Shawn Pratt; and a host of Nieces, Nephews, other Relatives and Friends.