Morrison resident and Rutherford County native Bobby Lloyd Prater, 82, was born Jan. 11, 1929 and died Sept. 28 at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Prater graduated from McMinnville Central High School in 1947. He retired from Magnetek Century Electric in 1992 following 32 years of service. He was an icon of the Morrison community. He was a member of Morrison Church of Christ and served honorably as an elder for over 25 years. For many years, he was the secretary/treasurer for Sunny Acres Children’s Home. In 1983, he received Fireman of the Year from Morrison Fire Department, where he served as fire chief for over half a century and had been a member since its inception. He also served as president of the Fire Chief’s Association. In 2002, the Morrison community recognized him as Morrison Ruritan Citizen of the Year. Alderman, vice mayor and mayor of Morrison were titles he wore.
He was married June 27, 1949 to his wife of 62 years, Gladys Young Prater of Morrison. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Pam Grizzle of Morrison; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Roxanne Prater of Morrison; grandson, Cain Prater; granddaughter, Chelsey Grissom and husband Mike; great-grandson, Aiden Grissom; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Teresa Prater of Morrison; sister-in-law, Flossie Warren and husband Buell of McMinnville; brother-in-law, Millard Young and wife Jean of Woodbury, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Morrison Church of Christ with Roger Comstock officiating. Burial will follow at Morrison Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 30, 2011