OBITUARY

Thomas "Dave" David Prater

September 23, 1932July 30, 2020
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Thomas David “Dave” Prater went home to be with his Savior and Lord on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Born on September 23, 1932 he is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Wanda Clingan Prater; daughter, Jill Prater Schoolfield (Scott); granddaughter, Allison Burk (Andy), great-grandsons, Owen, Griffin and August; grandson, Eric Schoolfield (Sammy Jo) and great-granddaughters, Emma, Josie and Ellie. Mr. Prater was a lifelong member of Ridgedale Baptist Church where he and Wanda were married. Mr. Prater was an avid lover of racing, flying and motorcycles. He was involved in the chartering of the now Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip. He raced drag cars for many years and was a tough contender. Once he stopped racing, he began flying experimental aircraft and small fixed wing planes. During this time he worked for Honest Charley’s Speed Shop continuing his love for racing. Mid-life he became a certified aviation mechanic. This allowed him to continue his love of all things mechanical and flying. He retired from Brock Candy Company after many years of providing maintenance and co-piloting their planes. He and Wanda enjoyed retirement traveling to many destinations by motorhome and cruise ships. Later in life, his passion for motorcycles continued. He rode until his 87th birthday. Known as “Dad Dave” he was blessed to be surrounded by his grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One of his wishes was to ride on his new motorcycle once again. This was fulfilled with his grandson Eric riding him in style accompanied by his riding buddies. Dave touched the lives of many by his helping and teaching of others. He will be missed by many, especially his family. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Chattanooga, especially Jolene, his nurse for their kindness and care. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road with Dr. Bill Owens officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 Monday at the Funeral Home. The service will be live streamed on Facebook on Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel’s page In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Chattanooga 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416. Please share your thoughts and memories at www. ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Thomas "Dave" David Prater

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Jean McKamey

August 3, 2020

Wanda, Jill & family, At a time like this, words donot come easy for the loss of a loved one. Dave's life was filled with many happy excursions...so thankful you and him were able to take these trips. Life will not be the same, but your heart will be filled with happy memories of him. May God keep you and sustain you as you look forward to your tomorrows.

Greg Cole

August 3, 2020

I worked with Dave while at Brock Candy Co. I will always remember Dave as a helpful and fun person to be around. He also got me involved in motorcycle riding which I have enjoyed ever since. He was one of the good guys that will be missed.

Dickie Brown

August 2, 2020

I’ll never forget the day I sold Dave his last dual purpose bike a 250 Honda Rally . Right before a ride with friends Mike Igou, Wayne Dunn, Rick Trimble, Tommy Arnold and others he wanted to sit on it , try it out and then I saw in his eyes, I knew he wanted it, so we made the deal because I knew he would enjoy it more than I that’s one of the many memories l’ve had with Dave ! Ride on my friend , our Savior has the Gate open for You —— From one of many of your close friends ——- Dickie and Barbara.

michael igou

August 2, 2020

Dave and I spent many happy days riding motorcycles together. He was the elder member of our small group of riders and we always marveled at his endurance. We shared rooms on trips as well as motor home vacations. On Dave's last ride last week, I asked in jest if I could ride his coveted Indian, and his dry humor reply was " If you can start it". Of course he knew how difficult it was so there was no fear that I could get it started. Dave will be missed by all of his riding buddies.

Rick and lynda TRIMBLE

August 1, 2020

Mosaic
Every life that God creates
becomes a work of art
Everyone will have a place,
each will play a part.
Every life becomes a piece
of His great master plan,
a total recollection of
the history of man.
And each of us becomes the piece
we’ll place in His design,
our personal mosaic
of happenings and time.
For OUR mosaics are the times
and places of our lives . . .
Each color is a new event,
each day’s a different size . . .
blended all together
by the things we do and say,
the pieces tell the story
that we wrote along the way .
Then it’s glued together
with the memory of friends . . .
A final tribute to us
on the day that our life ends.
If we are very fortunate,
when our mosaic’s through,
it will show we touched the lives
of good friends who we knew.
We’ve touched Dave’s
And he’s touched ours
with love that will not cease,
a beautiful, bright color
in a mosaic masterpiece.

With love , lynda, Rick & Rebecca


I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Rick and Lynda Trimble

August 1, 2020

Mosaic
Every life that God creates
becomes a work of art
Everyone will have a place,
each will play a part.
Every life becomes a piece
of His great master plan,
a total recollection of
the history of man.
And each of us becomes the piece
we’ll place in His design,
our personal mosaic
of happenings and time.
For OUR mosaics are the times
and places of our lives . . .
Each color is a new event,
each day’s a different size . . .
blended all together
by the things we do and say,
the pieces tell the story
that we wrote along the way .
Then it’s glued together
with the memory of friends . . .
A final tribute to us
on the day that our life ends.
If we are very fortunate,
when our mosaic’s through,
it will show we touched the lives
of good friends who we knew.
We’ve touched Dave’s
And he’s touched ours
with love that will not cease,
a beautiful, bright color
in a mosaic masterpiece.

With SO MUCH love , Rick , lynda, Kim & Rebecca
I Thess 4:13-18




lynda Trimble

Mazie Hillxm2h

August 1, 2020

Wanda, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It will be a hard road, but God will be with you. Charles and I always enjoyed being with you and David. Charles and David had a lot fun over buying shoes. He will certainly be missed.

Mike Brown

July 31, 2020

During the summer of 1997 I purchased an airplane sight unseen via the telephone. The plane was represented as pristine and located in Boca Raton, Florida. The owner of the plane had priced it well below market value and made it clear he wanted the aircraft inspected and removed from South Florida within 7 days. Having known David thru aviation circles and as a personal friend for several years, I knew he would be the perfect travel companion and inspection partner. David jumped at my invitation to spent 3 days doing what he loved...flying, playing mechanic and just hanging out.

Sure enough the plane was better than pristine. David inspected the airplane, engine and logbooks. We both got checked out by a flight instructor to bring the plane home to Chattanooga. The aircraft was loaded with 102 gallons of fuel. I handed the owner’s Chief Pilot a cashier check for the asking price, which again was way below market value. David and I walked towards the plane to depart for home. Out of the blue David turned to the Chief Pilot and asked...”why is this gorgeous aircraft being sold so inexpensively “? To which he replied...”the owner is under investigation by the State of New York for tax evasion. As soon as his plane, his yacht and his ocean front home is sold he is leaving the country...you just got the deal of a lifetime”. David and I looked at each other and laughed, in fact we laughed all the way home.

During the last 23 years, whenever David and I talked or saw each other the conversation would always include...”hey, do you still remember our trip to Boca to pick up that plane”.

Thanks David for an incredible aviation memory! We both had a blast!! That plane will always be my wife’s favorite family transportation vehicle.
Mike Brown

Dan Dill

July 31, 2020

I know David is in a better place but I’ll miss him along with all that knows him. David and I worked and flew together. We hunted, a lot! We boated and have great memories.
Wanda and all the family you should know that your husband, father, Grandfather has many friends- no enemies!
If not for this Covid virus, I’d be there. David drove to Alabama when my mom passed on a rainy day. I’ll never forget our times at the lake!
My prayers are with you all!

Jim and Annette Falk

July 31, 2020

Wanda
Annette and I have fond memories of our friendship with you and Dave . I always felt safe flying aboard the Brock plane knowing that Dave was the guy servicing it.
We send our prayers to you and your family.
Jim and Annette

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Biography

Thomas David “Dave” Prater went home to be with his Savior and Lord on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Born on September 23, 1932 he is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Wanda Clingan Prater; daughter, Jill Prater Schoolfield (Scott); granddaughter, Allison Burk (Andy), great-grandsons, Owen, Griffin and August; grandson, Eric Schoolfield (Sammy Jo) and great-granddaughters, Emma, Josie and Ellie.
Mr. Prater was a lifelong member of Ridgedale Baptist Church where he and Wanda were married.
Mr. Prater was an avid lover of racing, flying and motorcycles. He was involved in the chartering of the now Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip. He raced drag cars for many years and was a tough contender. Once he stopped racing, he began flying experimental aircraft and small fixed wing planes. During this time he worked for Honest Charley’s Speed Shop continuing his love for racing. Mid-life he became a certified aviation mechanic. This allowed him to continue his love of all things mechanical and flying. He retired from Brock Candy Company after many years of providing maintenance and co-piloting their planes.
He and Wanda enjoyed retirement traveling to many destinations by motorhome and cruise ships. Later in life, his passion for motorcycles continued. He rode until his 87th birthday. Known as “Dad Dave” he was blessed to be surrounded by his grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One of his wishes was to ride on his new motorcycle once again. This was fulfilled with his grandson Eric riding him in style accompanied by his riding buddies. Dave touched the lives of many by his helping and teaching of others. He will be missed by many, especially his family. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Chattanooga, especially Jolene, his nurse for their kindness and care.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road with Dr. Bill Owens officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 Monday at the Funeral Home. The service will be live streamed on Facebook on Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel’s page
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Chattanooga 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.
ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.