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Kenneth L. Prater

Services for Kenneth L. Prater, 86, of Tyler, will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Bennie Portwood and Tom Crawford officiating.

Private burial will follow at Cathedral of the Pines Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Prater passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, in Tyler.

He was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Tyler to the late Leeman Leo and Gladys Rhea Tunnell Prater.

Kenneth was a member of Westwood Baptist Church where he served as an usher for many years. He graduated from Tyler High School and attended Tyler Junior College. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Prater retired from the Cotton Belt Railroad after 43 years. Baseball was a special part of his life from Tyler High School to semi-pro ball with the Edom Redbirds. He continued his love of sports by playing and coaching softball for Queen Street Baptist Church and Cotton Belt Railroad. After retirement, he stayed active helping his wife with her duties as student activities director at TJC and enjoyed driving the cheerleaders to games. He and his wife spent many enjoyable hours attending TJC sporting events. He was proud of the fact that he attended 123 consecutive TJC football games.

He is survived by his loving family including wife of 65 years, Emma Lou Wyatt Prater, of Tyler; two daughters, Sherry Patterson, of Longview, and Sandy Adams and husband Rick, of Lufkin; grandchildren, Jason Adams and wife Crystal, Rebecca Rodriguez and husband Kris, all of Lufkin, Jennifer Lowe, of Longview, and Julie Odom and husband Jason, of Wylie; great-grandchildren, Regan and Alex Rodriguez, Kolby Adams, and Cole and Caden Odom; sisters, Fern Timmons, of Van, and Mary Jones, of Tyler; and several nieces and nephews. His faithful dog Sugar was with him to the end.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Kenneth Prater Scholarship at Tyler Junior College, P.O. Box 9020, Tyler, 75711-9020, or Westwood Baptist Church, 820 NNW Loop 323, Tyler, 75702.


Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 29, 2013
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