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James Prater

May 6, 1926 — June 23, 2022


James “Jim” Garfield Prater, age 96, of Middlesboro, KY, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehab Facility in Middlesboro, KY. He was born May 6, 1926, in Balkan, KY; the son of the late Roscoe Truman Prater and Rosa Lee Brown.

Jim was a member of Hensley’s Chapel Baptist Church and was a WWII veteran of the United States Naval Service. He had also been an electrician at Giles Industry during his working years.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Duncan and Imogene Bennett; brothers, Elmer Prater, Jack Prater, Herbert Prater, Boss Prater, Arnold Ray Prater, infant brother Ed Prater and infant twin brothers, Franklin Prater and Delano Prater.

He is survived by the following members of his family; brother, Charles Prater; sisters, Lavanda Sue Carroll and Elizabeth Ann Cunningham; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehab Facility for the wonderful care and love shown to Jim over the past years.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Cawood Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will immediately follow at the Balkan Cemetery in Balkan, KY, with Rev. Derick Cunningham presiding. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.

Online condolences and guestbook are available at

Cawood Funeral Home, Middlesboro, KY, is in charge of all arrangements.

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Balkan Cemetery

, Miracle, KY 40856

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