Paul Henry Prater
July 30, 1928 – March 30, 2015
BOWIE – Paul Henry Prater, 86, passed away March 30, 2015 in Bowie, TX.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. April 6 at the First United Methodist Church, 1515 N. Jefferson St. Bowie with pastors Mona Millard and Elizabeth Turner Talbert officiating.
Paul was born on July 30, 1928, one of nine children to W.H. and Anna Belle (Ratliff) Prater. He graduated from Bowie High School in 1947 and was awarded a four year scholarship to play basketball at Texas Wesleyan College in Ft. Worth. There he received his degree in PE/Science and later a masters in education from the University of North Texas in Denton.
He served two years in the Army. In 1954 he and Bettie Broom were married at the First Methodist Church in Bowie. After teaching 31 years, he retired in 1990. He and Bettie enjoyed square dancing with the Jim Bowie and Swinging Stars for 25 years. They traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
They also visited and photographed all 254 county courthouses in Texas. Although he loved to play golf, his health prevented him from this after 2003, but not before he shot a hole-in-one, his dream!
Paul is survived by his wife, Bettie Prater, Bowie; children, David and Sandy Prater, Crowley, Lydia and Richard McMullen, Dallas, and Paula Prater, Austin; grandchildren, Trenton and Christy Case, LaPorte, Brittany Case, Dallas; Lauren Prater, Ft. Worth, Chris and Alysia Prater, Boulder, CO. and Aubre Ferguson, Dallas; sister, Anna Morris, Tyler; sister-in-law, Shirley Prater, Georgetown; brother-in-law, John Canon, Orangedale, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 778, Bowie, TX 76230 or Alzheimer’s Association at Wichita Falls Region 901 Indiana, Suite 350, Wichita Falls, TX 76301.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.thewhitefamilyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Paul Henry Prater