Jessie James Prather was born March 5, 1945 to the late R.B. Prather and Pauline Prather in Ripley, MS of Tippah County. Jessie departed this life on March 18, 2023. He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Bethlehem M. B. Church where his membership remained until his death. He served as a Deacon and a devoted husband. He was employed at Biltrite Corp. in Ripley, MS for over 30 years, until his retirement.
To cherish his loving memory one daughter: Vanessa (Rickey) Cowen of Ripley, Mississippi; Four sons: James (Brenda) Prather of Blue Mountain, MS, Michael Prather of Ripley, MS, Gregory Prather of Ripley, MS, Shane (Jennifer) Prather of Ripley, MS; Three brothers: Zean (Eloise) Prather of Falkner, MS, LC Prather of Ripley, MS, Robert Akins of Pennsylvania, Three sisters: Sarah Adams of Falkner, MS, the late Mary Mitchell of Falkner, MS; The late Sally Gillard of Falkner, MS. He left behind 20 grandkids , 11 great-grandkids and two great-great-grandkids; a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 12p-6p at Foster & Son Funeral Home, Ripley, MS; with the family present from 4:00p-6:00p. Funeral service will be held Monday, March 27, 2023, 2p at Bethlehem MBC, Falkner, MS. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service at the church. Interment will follow at Ruckersville Cemetery, Falkner, MS.
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