Stanley Hugh Prather, 76, of Midlothian, was received into the arms of his Savior, Jesus, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, after a bravely fought battle with cancer. He was a cherished husband, father, son, granddad, brother, uncle and friend.
Stan was born on Nov. 2, 1931 in Coffeyville, Kan., to Bassett Vail and Julia Hughes Prather. From Winfield, Kan., his family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where Stan attended junior high and high school, graduating in 1949 from Will Rogers. He earned a degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). While there, Stan was a member and officer of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Additionally, he pursued graduate work in mathematics at the University of Tulsa.
On Jan. 23, 1953, Stan married Janice McClendon, and together they raised three children. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, and served in the Chemical Corp during the Korean War.
In 1955, Stan began his career as a chemist with the Carter Oil Company. His position there led him into the computer industry, where he held positions in many areas such as programming, sales and consulting.
In 1993, Stan retired as Director of Information Systems for Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Stan was well respected and appreciated for his business ethics and Christian witness by all who knew him.
In 1997, Stan and Jan moved to Midlothian, where Stan served on the zoning board of adjustment for several years. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed working each year with the youth confirmation class. He was very involved in his "house group" and participated in the development of the contemporary "By the Well" services.
Funeral Services for Stan were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at First United Methodist Church of Midlothian. Officiating the service were Rev. Carl Freeto of Waco, former senior pastor of FUMC- Midlothian, and Rev. Noel Sweezy, Associate Pastor, FUMC-Midlothian. Burial was held at DFW National Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Stan is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice; mother, Julia Prather of Waxahachie; son, Roger Prather and wife, Gayla, of Hurst; son, Doug Prather of San Antonio; daughter Christia Caudle and husband, Tom of DeSoto; grandsons, John Mark Caudle and Scott Prather; granddaughters, Grace and Annalise Caudle; sister, Beverly R. Merrill and husband, Lou of Indianapolis; nephews, Bruce, Kurt and Jeff Rifleman; as well as a host of loved ones and friends who will miss him very much.
Memorials may be made to "The Jesus Fund" at First United Methodist Church of Midlothian, 800 S. Ninth Street, Midlothian, TX 76065, 972-775-3993.
The family wishes to thank W. Randy Hampton, director of Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E, for handling all of the arrangements, 972-723-9884.