Joseph E. Prather, Sr.
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OPELOUSAS - Mass of Christian Burial Services for Mr. Joseph Ernest Prather, Sr. age 89, will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. Reverend Father James Brady will conduct the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in the Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery in Opelousas.
Mr. Joseph passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Church Point and was a long time resident of Opelousas. Mr. Prather was a veteran having served in the Army Air Force during WWII where he flew over fifty missions in the European Theater during WWII; he was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant; he also was a member of the local VFW. He retired from working at the JW Low and TG&Y stores, where he served as the store manager. Mr. Prather was faithful unto God and his Church, St. Landry Catholic where he served as Eucharistic Minister. Mr. Prather loved planting his garden and working with wood. He made furniture and toys for children. Mr. Prather is going to be sadly missed by his family and all that knew and loved him.
Mr. Joseph is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maude Doucet Prather of Opelousas; son, Randall J. Prather and wife Cynthia "Cindy" of Opelousas; daughters, Karen Burley and husband Kenneth "Mike" of Denham Springs, Karla Watts and husband Randy of Gonzales; daughter-in-law, Seeta K. Prather of Opelousas; sisters, Ruby Sloane of Crowley, Mary Sue Snedaker of VA; ten grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.
Mr. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Benjamin and Zulma Matt Prather and son Joseph E. "Joey" Prather, Jr.; brothers, James Nathan Prather and Lee Burton Prather.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. and reopen on Monday at 8:00 a.m. A Rosary Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
Sibille Funeral Home
2309 George Drive Opelousas, LA 70570
Published in the Daily World on May 18, 2014