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Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA

OBITUARY

Mary Lea Prather

September 21, 1951February 1, 2020

Mary Lea Green Prather, 68, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, died suddenly on February 1, 2020.

Mary was born on September 21, 1951, in Philippi, WV.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, C.J. Prather; children, Judd Prather and Molly (Ryan) Rollins, both of Richmond; granddaughters, Juliet and Maggie; and siblings, Diana Smith, Rosita Baughman, Carol Ann Thrasher, Steve Green, and Thomas Green. She also leaves behind her Harbor Baptist Church family, where she served faithfully for 35 years alongside her husband, Pastor C.J. Prather. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth Brooks Green and Mary Josephine McVicker Green, and siblings Philena Carman, Richard Green, Isabell Freeman, Edmond Kenneth Greene, Josephine Lovett, Michael Green, Karl Greene, Donald Greene, Danny Green, and Lane Scott Green.

The family will receive visitors at 1:00 PM Sunday, February 9, at Harbor Baptist Church, 1509 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, Virginia, with a celebration of life service to begin at 2:00 PM. Interment at Mount Olive Cemetery in Philippi, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Baptist Church.

  • FAMILY

  • C.J. Prather, Husband
  • Judd Prather, Son
  • Molly Rollins, Daughter
  • Ryan Rollins, Son-in-law
  • Juliet, Granddaughter
  • Maggie, Granddaughter
  • Diana Smith, Sister
  • Rosita Baughman, Sister
  • Carol Ann Thrasher, Sister
  • Steve Green, Brother
  • Thomas Green, Brother
  • Kenneth Brooks Greens, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Jospehine McVicker Green, Mother (deceased)
  • Philena Carman, Sister (deceased)
  • Richard Green, Brother (deceased)
  • Isabell Freeman, Sister (deceased)
  • Edmond Kenneth Greene, Brother (deceased)
  • Josephine Lovett, Sister (deceased)
  • Michael Green, Brother (deceased)
  • Karl Greene, Brother (deceased)
  • Donald Greene, Brother (deceased)
  • Danny Green, Brother (deceased)
  • Lane Scott Green, Brother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service Sunday, February 9, 2020

Memories

Mary Lea Prather

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Andrea Charlton

February 10, 2020

So many memories, so many moments in time that I hold most dear to my heart of hearts. Mary was the best 2nd mom I could ever have. My favorite teacher, confidante, auntie, cheerleader, friend. Pansies, oranges, onions in water on the table for dinner, her wedding ring, mousy brown hair, riding rollercoasters, laughter, exuded love, Mountain Mama, hugs with her arms cross around your neck, and full acceptance of you and others no matter what had been done. I can't imagine a world without her in it. Just another reason to long for Heaven. Missing MP now and always.

Thank you Pastor, Judd and Molly for sharing her with me all these years. Continually praying that you are comforted by our amazing Jesus.

Love always, Andrea

KAREN BUCHHOLZ

February 8, 2020

May God bless you for the little things you did in thoughtful ways, for the way you brightened up so many days, for your giving heart as kind as it can be and the thousand ways for truly blessing me... you will be greatly missed and always hold a special place in my heart!

David Murphy

February 7, 2020

My heart is so very sad. Mary sat with the few of us that went to Silent Grove at the last class reunion. I called Tom Jones to let him know about Mary. Our table of kids that went to Silent Grove is getting smaller every year. Mary was a good friend and one of the sweetest and most kindest person you have every meet. I am truly lost for words.

Elaina Maxwell

February 7, 2020

Mrs Prather was always happy. I don't remember her ever looking unhappy. She took us Harbor kids in like we were her own. Even after we left Harbor, they were always happy to see us. I miss her very much.

George Avison

February 5, 2020

Have been blessed by being neighbors with Mary and C.J. for over 20 years now. Mary was the kindest neighbor, always greeting us with a smile and looking out to ensure our mailbox wasn't overflowing with junk mail when we headed out of town and forgot to tell anyone. Will miss her "it never ends" greetings as we both did yardwork.

C.J., Molly, and family, Yuson and I will continue to pray God helps you get past the grief of your loss quickly but allow you to always have the wonderful memories of your wife and mother.

The Avisons

Ruth Anthony

February 5, 2020

As a child Mr. & Mrs. Prather were big parts of my life. When my mother died while at the hospital panicking she was one of the first people I thought of to call. Even though at that time I had not seen her for years she came and was there for me. I will miss her smile and I will always remember she was a tough teacher who always chided me about my run on sentences. Of which as you can see. I still do...

Gerry Finchum

February 4, 2020

Mary was a Proverbs 31 model. Kind giving and always helping. I will miss her very much. Praying for pastor that God will give him comfort at this time. I won’t be able to be there but my heart and thoughts will be.

erika hartless

February 3, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will always remember mrs. Prather being kind to me whenever i saw her. My heart goes out to mr. Prather,Judd and Molly.

Tony & Becky Palalay

February 3, 2020

CJ, Judd and Molly,
We know that treasured memories of Mary will make your hearts smile for many years to come. May God comfort you during this time as only He can. We love you all!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY