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THEBES, Ill. — Robert Gene Prater, 80, of Thebes died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at his home.
He was born Feb. 25, 1928, in Gale, Ill., son of Ernest and Liza Jackson Prater. He and Barbara Snell Prater were married April 29, 1950, in Piggott, Ark.
Prater worked on a section crew for Missouri Pacific Railroad 10 years, worked in construction 10 years for R.B. Potashnick and farmed near Gale. He lived all his life in the Gale and Thebes area.
He served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 15, 1945, to Aug. 30, 1948.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Robert, Gary and Randy Prater, all of McClure, Ill.; a daughter, Linda Stevens of McClure; two brothers, Danny Prater of Gale, Leslie "Buss" Prater of Olive Branch, Ill.; a sister, Patsy Mathis of Gale; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Tirey officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Thebes.