John Stanley Prather

Oct. 2, 1953 –

Oct. 24, 2015

John Stanley Prather, 62, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at his home in Waxahachie after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 2, 1953 in Tulia to Stanley Albert Prather and Mavis Hill Prather.

John attended Waxahachie High School; Elkins Institute in Dallas, where he learned Civil and Architectural Drafting and illustration; and Brookhaven College in Dallas County, where he studied Geology. John continued learning his entire life, and acquired extensive knowledge on many subjects.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years Teresa Smith Prather, children, Jeremy T. Prather, of Waxahachie, Jonathan N. Prather, and Jeffrey G. Prather, both of Richmond, Virginia, his father Stanley A. Prather, and step-mother Glenna F. Prather, of Waxahachie, brother, Mark Neil Prather, of Terrell, and a sister Genie Lynn Prather, of Waxahachie. Preceding him in death was his mother, and a brother, David Henry Prather.

Many people will remember that John loved sports, and that he was involved in coaching his sons in soccer and baseball. Shortly after he began coaching, John “discovered” local athlete Sammy Overton as a 4-year-old soccer prodigy. Years later, Sammy was a stand-out during the Waxahachie Indian 4A Football Championship game; a game which John and Teresa traveled to Houston to see. John was an enthusiastic fan of the Indians for many years, attending numerous games or listening on local radio.

John enjoyed traveling around Texas, and enjoyed several trips to the Rocky Mountains with his wife, Teresa. John was a gifted artist, and was very talented in graphic arts, design, and photography. He also loved computer technology and had an interesting and varied career in business and industry. John believed in God, and he was a serious biblical scholar for most of his life.

A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at Waxahachie Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carol Roberts officiating, and the Rev. Bruce Zimmerman assisting. Family members will be available for visitation beginning at 2 p.m. for one hour before the service and immediately after the service.