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Fredrick Richard "Fred" Prater

Fredrick Richard “Fred” Prater, age 82, of Calhoun, well-known businessman and co-owner of Prater Ford, passed away Saturday September 11th at Advent Gordon.

Fred was born July 25, 1939, in Gordon County, son of the late Gaines Olsen Prater and Willie Bill Smith Prater. He was a 1958 graduate of Calhoun High School. Fred was alumnus of West Georgia College part of the University of Georgia System; Fred also attended the University of Georgia. He proudly served his Country and his State as a Lieutenant in the Georgia National Guard, 1st Battalion, 108th Armored Division. Fred was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Calhoun.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hope McCurdy Prater in February 1997 and a stepson, Anthony Jerome Moore in December 2016.

He is survived by his wife Retha Prater; one son, Frederick Richard Prater II; one daughter, Paula Prater Gunter; One brother, Jimmy Olsen Prater and his wife Judy; two sister, Jan Williams and Joan Barker and her husband John; eight grandchildren, Bradley Gaines Weaver, Frederick Richard Prater III, William Collins Prater, Jaxon Henry Prater, Jackson Cayman Moore, Anthony Zachariah Moore, Carrie Renee Timms, and Amber Cheyann Dendy. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday September 14th at 3pm from the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Brian Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Prater Family Lot in Chandler Cemetery.

Grandsons, Frederick Richard Prater III, William Collins, Jaxon Henry Prater, Bradley Gaines Weaver, Anthony Zachariah Moore, and Cayman Jackson Moore will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12 noon until the funeral hour at 3pm at the First United Methodist Church.

You may send condolences to the family at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home has proudly been entrusted with the care of Fredrick Richard “Fred” Prater.

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We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers have been and will be with you all.

Samantha Lusk and Family Sep 19 2021 12:44 PM

May God comfort you. You have my heartfelt sympathy.

MaryAnn Brooks Sep 15 2021 5:25 PM

Countless memories through the years at Prater Ford. Always considered all of you family. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers as you deal with this loss.

Gregg and Janny Mealor Sep 14 2021 12:39 PM

We will be keeping Retha and all the family in our thoughts and prayers. Fred will be missed by his many friends and family.

Craig and Patsy Long Sep 14 2021 9:09 AM

Fond and happy memories of Freddie and his keen wit and sense of humor. Prayers for Retha and the Prater family !

Wayne and Loretta Harris Sep 14 2021 8:34 AM

Our thoughts and prayers for the family. God's comfort and peace in the days to come.
The Bowers Family

JIMMY Allen BOWERS Sep 14 2021 7:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Fredrick Prater

Drena Lanier Sep 13 2021 11:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Fredrick Prater

Clifford Cobb Family Sep 13 2021 10:26 PM

Retha you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.!
Love, Jerry and Nancy Nichols

Nancy Nichols Sep 13 2021 9:54 PM

So sad to hear about Fred's passing. Please know that the Prater family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Charlotte Mober Jones Sep 13 2021 8:37 PM

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