David Lee Prather

David Lee Prather, age 59, beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend passed away Tuesday night, March 22, 2011, at Mercy West Hospital. A '69' graduate of Maryville High School, and 30 year employee of Bell South-AT&T in Atlanta, David was enjoying retirement in Louisville, TN. He served 6 years in the Air National Guard. A gifted communicator, he passionately served as an officer for the CWA for 12 years. During his term as a CWA officer, he served on the Georgia Labor Council and was actively involved in legislative and community services. He coordinated and rode a bike from Atlanta to Boston to raise money for the City of Hope Cancer Research Institute. In retirement, he continued to teach and train for call centers in Utah, Florida and Kansas.

David worked hard, played hard and shared his big heart with everyone he met. His big laugh and smile was a joy for his friends and family. He impacted many lives working to improve the lot of his fellow man because it was the right thing to do. Always a plant lover, he enjoyed being outside in his garden and assisting others with their gardens. An avid reader, David loved planning trips, most recently researching family genealogy and planning a trip to Ireland with his family. David will be profoundly missed by all those who knew him. David is preceded in death by his father, Charles Prather, grandparents, Velverada Prather Tatum and Harley Tatum, and J. Kyle and Lona McClellan. He is survived by his parents, Lon and Marjorie Fugate of Maryville; brothers, Steve E. Prather of Austin, TX and Clint (Amy) Fugate; sister, Jennie (AJ) Ottinger; special nieces and nephew, Sarah and Rachel Ottinger and Henly Fugate. In addition, he is survived by his much loved Uncle J.K. and Aunt Bobbie and special friends.

The family will receive friends at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Louisville, Saturday, March 26, from 2-3:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with burial following at Middlesettlements Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home through Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3359 Louisville Rd., Louisville, TN 37777.

McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, 982-6812