William Prather Former Woodland Resident Dies

William P. Prather, a resident of Oakland township, Schuyler county, for almost half a century, passed away Tuesday of last week at his home, six miles northeast of Rushville. His death followed a stroke of paralysis, suffered on March 12th. His age was 68 years, 7 months and 3 days.

William Parks Prather, a son of Reece and Rachel Parks Prather, was born on a farm in Fulton county, in Woodland township, on Aug. 28, 1862. In early manhood he was united in marriage to Miss Julia Waggoner.

To this union were born thirteen children, eight of whom, with the wife and mother, survive to mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind father. The surviving children are: Clifford, Clarence, Floyd, Keith and Mrs. Gladys Chockley, all of Oakland township; Harry Prather of Kewanee; Fairy, wife of Henry Warrington, of near Macomb; and Estella, wife of Denzil Cook, of Canton. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Anna Davis, of Browning, twenty-five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, Helen, the wife of Earl Foster, preceded her father in death, and four children died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. John Davis of Astoria, a brother-in-law of deceased, were held last Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Methodist church in Ray. Burial was in the Phillips cemetery in Oakland township.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 4/9/1941


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