Steven E. Prather

May 28, 1955January 24, 2021

Steven Earl Prather (Steve) passed away in Kosciusko, MS on January 24, 2021. He is survived by his brother, Bill Prather and his family, who live in the Seattle area.

Steve was a champion of living a full life despite Downs Syndrome with the love and support of his extended family. Steve was born to Earl and Etoile Prather in Birmingham, AL on May 28, 1955. He lived most of his life in Jackson. His parents devoted themselves to his care, providing every opportunity for a full and rich life, and to promoting acceptance of those with Downs Syndrome.

Steve was a lifelong member of and served in Oak Forest Baptist Church in Jackson. He was embraced by this congregation who loved and cared for him all of his life. He always had a smile for everyone. THANK YOU to that congregation for their loving, lifelong embrace of Steve.

After the passing of his parents, Steve moved to a group home in Kosciusko, MS for the last years of his life. This provided Steve with the care he needed and with new opportunities. The staff at this facility has been an enormous blessing to Steve and his family and I’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!

The memorial service details are as follows:

Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Lakewood Funeral Home, located at 6011 Clinton Blvd, Jackson, MS 39209

In addition, there will be a closed casket visitation at 1:00 pm at Lakewood. In recognition of the risks from the current pandemic, there will be a limited service in the Lakewood Chapel with no public graveside service. Masks are required. Lakewood adheres to strict COVID-19 guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, please mail gifts to:

Hudspeth Memorial Fund

Kosciusko Group Home 138 Love Road Kosciusko MS 39090

Write “Memorial for Steve Prather” in the memo line.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 31, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, January 31, 2021


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Judy Nations

January 30, 2021

Several years ago, Steve was so excited to be chosen the Santa (with costume) at the annual Christmas party for the Hedgepeth Kids. Was a fun time!

Tammi Pee

January 27, 2021

Heaven has gained a new Superman! Steve will be so missed.

Tammi Pee
Kosciusko Group Home

Rhonda Howell

January 27, 2021

To know Steve was to love Steve. I grew up in Oak Forest Baptist Church, and I will always remember Steve smiling and laughing as he handed out bulletins before worship service on Sundays. My grandparents lived next door to the Prathers. I’m sure they’re all rejoicing together. As I know they are all in the presence of Jesus.

Brenda (Bigner) Sims

January 26, 2021

I grew up attending Oak Forest Church and I don't remember a Sunday service without Stevie standing at the doors to the sanctuary, greeting everyone with a bulletin and that precious smile. He had an innocent, sweet spirit and unmistakable joy that radiated from within. He was a blessing to everyone who knew him and after all these years his memory still warms a place in my heart. Rest in peace my sweet friend, you are finally home.

Wanda Massey

January 26, 2021

Steve was one in a million. We were cousins and he was always so happy and excited to see me. He made my day.
He had a fantastic attitude and loved everyone. His smile was contagious!!
So thankful that he is now with Jesus. He will be missed.
Prayers for Bill and his family. May God grant you comfort.

Kristin O. Jewell

January 26, 2021

Sending prayers to his family from Louisville, MS. I will miss my superman loving friend who would always greet me with a smile and a hug. He made this world a better place.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Kristin O. Jewell
Former Director at Kosciusko Group Home