The residents of Thomson, Georgia’s intimate community, Dealing on The Railroad, are grieving the loss of Melissa Pratt, a.k.a. Vendor #5. Melissa passed away today at 4:25 a.m. She was there for every customer from the time the business opened until it closed. She was adored and will be deeply missed. The announcement of Melissa’s passing is tragic for the neighborhood because she was an integral part of Dealing on the Railroad’s vibrant atmosphere.
The space Melissa had created for her booth was more than just an assortment of products; it was a reflection of Melissa’s uniqueness, a well designed space full of the charm and character that made her unique. Melissa Pratt was more than simply a salesperson; to everyone she encountered in the store, she was a friend. Her presence made every visit to Dealing on The Railroad an unforgettable one, as she brought with her an abundance of enthusiasm and companionship.
Melissa’s booth served as the focal point of the company’s community vibe, where customers could engage in lighthearted conversation while perusing undiscovered gems or antiques. The news of Melissa’s passing ripples through Dealing on The Railroad, bringing thoughts and prayers to her significant other, Cathy Weeks, and the entire Pratt family. The outpouring of support and sorrow from the community demonstrated how many lives Melissa impacted.