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Tommy Prater

d. September 13, 2021

Tommy Lynn Prater, aged 69 years of Feds Creek, Kentucky departed from this earthly home and walked into the arms of the Lord on September 13, 2021 at Pikeville Medical Center following a long battle with cancer. He was born on August 3, 952 in Akron, Ohio to the late Harry T. Prater and Anna M. Prater of Church Hill, Tennessee. Tommy was greeted at Heaven’s gates with open arms by his son, Warren Thomas Prater. Tommy spoke daily of how he longed to see and wrap his arms around him following his death in 2008. Also awaiting his arrival was his father, and brothers Bobby D. Prater and Carl Casby Prater. He is survived by his greatest love, Dorothy Prater, of the home. They were married on May 17th, 1974 at Feds Creek, Kentucky. From there they made 47 years’ worth of memories, family, and love. He is also survived by his mother and a large host of family and friends that will always lovingly remember him and the happiness that he brought. Tommy retired from TECO Coal Corporation after working as their prep plant supervisor and being in the coal industry for thirty-six years. It was during these years that he made lifelong friendships, and memories that he often spoke fondly of. After retirement, Tommy became a very active member in his community. He was appointed as an Ordained Deacon of the Southern Baptist faith, under which he and his wife were very dedicated to their church and community. He was a member of Faith First Baptist Church. He believed in helping others and spreading the word of God with all his heart. He was a former board member of the Feds Creek Fire Department. He was active with the Coal Country Charity Riders in helping to raise money for those affected by the very disease that he too suffered with. He served with the Pike County Sherriff’s Department, where he especially loved helping the children at their annual Christmas event to help local children in need. Tommy was also a member of the G.W. Young Lodge #29 Fraternal Order of Police. He was a proud, active member of the Thomas C. Cecil Lodge #375 of Pikeville, the El Hasa Shriners, the White Water Shrine, the Knights of Templar, and the Anna O. Young Eastern Star Chapter 28. In his spare time, Tommy thoroughly enjoyed traveling to visit various flea markets. You would often find him gone on the weekends to see what treasures he could find. As an avid car enthusiast, Tommy loved his show cars. He brought home many trophies and awards through the years for these, and he proudly displayed them in his home along with his CB collection that he was very active with. In remembrance of Tommy, the family would like to ask you to contribute to the Coal Country Charity Riders or to sponsor a child in need for Christmas. These were both activities that he loved, and that were near and dear to his heart. Funeral services will be held at Lucas and Son Funeral Home of Pikeville, Kentucky on Wednesday September 15th,2021 at 4:00pm for family, and welcoming friends at 5:00pm. Masonic rights will be performed at 6:30pm that evening. Burial will take place Thursday September 16th, 2021 at 1:00pm at Lucas and Son Chapel, with Randy Bentley officiating. Interment to follow at the Annie E. Young Cemetery of Pikeville, Kentucky
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