Bobby Lloyd Prater, 82, of Morrison, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at his home following an extended illness.
A native of Rutherford County, 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, and will be sorely missed.
He was a member of the Morrison Church of Christ, and served honorably as Elder for over 25 years. For many years he was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Sunny Acres Children’s Home. In 1983 he received Fireman of the Year from the Morrison Fire Dept., 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 the Morrison Ruritan Citizen of the Year. Alderman, Vice-Mayor and Mayor of Morrison were titles he wore as an esteemed citizen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelah D. and Lena Maurine Cates Prater.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Young Prater of Morrison; daughter, Pam Grizzle of Morrison; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Roxanne Prater of Morrison; grandson, Cain Prater; granddaughter, Chelsey (Mike) 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.
Funeral services will be held at the Morrison Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 with Roger Comstock officiating. Burial will be in Morrison Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 and from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at High Funeral Home in McMinnville.