LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Frances Cullars Prater, 91, one of Lincoln County"s most beloved citizens, died April 3, 2009 at her home after a long battle with Alzheimers.
Lovingly known as "Miss Frances," Mrs. Prater was an esteemed life- long resident of Lincoln County, a benevolent philanthropist, an active community leader, and a great humanitarian. Daughter of the late Thomas Watson Cullars and Ruby Drinkard Cullars, Mrs. Prater was a faithful member of Goshen Baptist Church her entire life. She lovingly and unselfishly served her church by teaching Sunday School, and she served her community through numerous civic organizations, which included the Lincoln County Historical Society, garden club, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Eastern Star. She was a 1937 graduate of Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, Ga., and later served on the Board of Trustees. Her gifts to Tift were secondary only to the generosity she bestowed upon her family and community, donating funds, land, and other resources for the betterment of Lincoln County"s citizens. Mrs. Prater lived by the words of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: "Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege." She cared for others with not only gifts, but also with love and grace, and her family and community are grateful for her sharing of her many blessings. She was an indispensable part of the wonderful quality of life in Lincoln County.
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Robert Prater, sons Paul Watson Prater, Page Robert Prater and a grandson, Cullars Reed Prater.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Prater Robinson and husband, Jerry of Washington; daughters-in-law, Alicia Reed Prater of Lincolnton and Jane Granade Prater of Thomson; a sister, Peggy Cullars Guillebeau of Albany; six grandchildren: Karen Robinson, Louis Robinson, Andrea Prater, Leigh Prater, Page Prater, II and wife, Kim and Elizabeth Prater Arthur and husband, Al, and, six great-grandchildren: Mia Robinson, Prater Thigpen, Riley Robinson, Hugh Arthur III, Logan Prater, and Ruby Cullars Arthur.
Funeral services for Mrs. Prater were held 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Goshen Baptist Church with interment following. Rev. Bobby Adams officiated.
The family would like the thank Mrs. Prater"s caregivers, Frances Clark, Sharon Clark, Patricia Cullars, Diane Elam, Loretta Willis and Curtis Sapp for many years of faithful service and love they bestowed upon Mrs. Prater. The family would also like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Norman Pursley, Dr. George Pursley, and Dr. Robert Williams for the consistent and constant care they gave "Mammaw." "Care is the actualization of love assumed."
Pallbearers were Louis Robinson, Al Arthur, Page Prater II, Watson Guillebeau, David Guillebeau and Mark Guillebeau.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery, P.O. Box 716, Lincolnton, GA 30817.
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.