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James Edward Prater

April 9, 1926 — December 26, 2021

James Edward Prater, age 95, of Meadowview, Va., passed away peacefully at home of Parkinson’s disease, with his love, Debbie by his side, on December 26, 2021. He was born to the late Helen Davis Thompson, on April 9, 1926, in Washington County, Va. He was a longtime sports enthusiast. He and Debbie loved traveling all over the world and had many wonderful adventures. James was a former employee of Appalachian Power Company and Pittston Coal Group.

In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy McArtan; his brother, A.J. Prater; two special cousins, Clayton Francisco and Tommy Repass.

He is survived by the love of his life and partner of 45 years, Debbie Smith; his son, Leon Prater and wife, Deborah, of Cary, N.C.; two grandchildren, Brian Prater, and Loren Ruark and her husband, Jason; two great grandchildren, Logan Ruark, and Elise Ruark; two sisters, Marie Miller and Peggy Snodgrass; several nieces and nephews.

Private services have been held for family only, but a recorded service will be available at
Those wishing to send flowers are instead invited to make a memorial contribution in James’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Those wishing to share sympathy online may do so by visiting and signing the online guestbook. The family of James Edward Prater is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, Va. 24210. (276)623-2700.
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