RICHMOND — Ben David Prather, 91, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home.
He was born April 17, 1923, in Berea, Kentucky, to Jesse T. and Marjorie Ethel Williams Prather, both of whom preceded him in death.
He was a retired salesman for the Kerns Bakery Company and had retired from the Madison County School District, which he served as a bus driver and monitor.
Ben was a veteran of WWII, having served with the U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean, the Pacific and Japan, specializing in amphibious landings. He enjoyed annual meetings of the LSM Association (Landing Ship Medium).
A member of the First Baptist Church, Richmond, he belonged to its Fellowship Sunday School Class.
Ben was a member and past master of Richmond Lodge No. 25 F&AM for more than 50 years. He served two terms as lodge master as well as DeMolay advisor and chapter dad. Ben also was a member of Richmond’s York Rite bodies, having held chapter, council and commandery offices.
Survivors include: his wife, Delia Abney Prather; two daughters, Ethel Mae Edwards (Arnold), Sharon Kay Reams (Jerre); one son, Kenneth David Prather (Linda), all of Richmond. He also leaves: three grandchildren, April Tudor (Rodney), Crystal Keathley (Darrell) and Ryan Reams (Karen); two great-grandchildren, Brandon Tudor and Ben Tudor; one niece, Patsy Sue Richardson; and five step-grandchildren, Amelia Frazier, Emily Moulton (Harvey), Keith Edwards (Lori), Tracy Edwards and Gail Rife (Curt).
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: one brother, J.W. Prather, and one son-in-law, Gary Stidam.
Services for Ben will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Neal Prather and Bro. Bill Fort officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell with Masonic Funeral Rites at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Reams, Rodney Tudor, Darrell Keathley, Steve Vanzant, Paul Frazier and Nathan Prather. Honorary bearers will be members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class and members of Richmond Lodge No. 25 F&AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY 40475 or to one’s favorite charity.
Condolences may be expressed at www.orpfh.com.