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Patsy Sue Prater

Patsy Sue Prater, age 81 of Calhoun and Gordon County died Saturday, August 22 after an extended illness. Patsy was born, March 19, 1939 in the old Johnston-Hall Hospital of Calhoun. She was the daughter of the late James Virgil Thomason and Zora Elizabeth Greeson Thomason. Also, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Rex Prater and two brothers, John and James Thomason. Patsy was alumna of Calhoun High School, Class of 1958. As a student there, she was a cheerleader, majorette, and Homecoming Queen for the 1957-1958 school year. She was also selected as Poultry Princess. After graduation she attended the IBM Business School of Atlanta. Later she worked as the coordinator of the First Baptist Church pre-school for 15 years. In the early 1980’s Patsy and her husband, Rex began their family business, Prater Carpet and Rug. She worked there until her retirement. Patsy is survived by her son, David Prater of Calhoun and one daughter, Charme Prater Allen and her husband, Kevin of Knoxville; one sister, Martha Miller and her husband Mike of Calhoun; two grandsons, Prater Knight and Ransom Knight of Knoxville; two sisters in law, Judy and Margaret Thomason of Calhoun. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, August 26th at the Belvedere Pavilion in Chandler Cemetery with Dr. John Barber and Dr. Bert Vaughn officiating. Interment will be in the Prater family lot in Chandler Cemetery. Attendees are respectfully requested to observe Covid precautions of wearing masks and distancing. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation. The Prater family extends a special thank you to the staff of Morning Point of Calhoun for their compassionate care of Patsy during her residency. Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services Patsy Sue Prater of Calhoun.


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We would like to say how very sorry we are to hear of your mother's passing. I know that she will be greatly missed by so many, especially her family. Sympathy can not take away your grief, but know that we offer our heartfelt care. With love, Edna Chamlee & her daughter, Annette McLarty

Edna Chamlee Aug 29 2020 5:57 PM

David Mike and I really came to love you mom at Morning Pointe! She seemed a lot like my mom who passed away 6 years ago! Charme I never had the privilege of meeting you, but heard only great things about you from your mom. She was a precious lady and loved her very much! Earth loss is heavens gain. David would love to talk to you! Love Mike and Jane Dobbins 770 548 3077 or 770 548 2760

Jane Dobbins Aug 27 2020 10:06 AM

Rex and patsy became good friends when they called for me to come stay with them. I know they are both happy and at peace now Rex wanted to make sure Patsy was taken care of until they met again. Love and prayers for the family.

brenda moore Aug 26 2020 10:32 AM

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brenda moore Aug 26 2020 10:25 AM

David- So very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a lovely lady and it has been my pleasure to have had the privilege of knowing her all of these years. She always had a smile in her voice and she truly will be missed. Please know you and your entire family have my heartfelt sympathy. Lisa Blue

Lisa Blue Aug 26 2020 12:05 AM

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Howard and Brenda Brock Aug 25 2020 5:27 PM

I don't remember her as a child (she must've gone to Resaca School), but did we ever enjoy our High School years together! My house was across the street from the High School and 'our' friends would gather there in the mornings before school - she looked like a young Kim Novak and, although I had no training, she trusted me to keep that pretty blonde hair trimmed, and she was beautiful. When we both were nominated for Homecoming Queen my senior year my Mom drove us to Atlanta to find dresses and I found a little black number trimmed in white fur but wanted to look at others before buying, but danged if she didn't buy it out from under me! We have joked over the years that wearing my dress was the only reason she won! :-) There were seven of us that spent a happy week in Daytona after I graduated chaperoned by two coaches wives, and I could go on and on about happy times, but we lost contact during our busy child rearing lives - I raised my four sons in Sandy Springs, but re-established contact after Guy's death. I moved back to Calhoun and was able to visit her frequently at Morning Pointe and It was like never having lost all that time. Rest easy sweet friend, I will miss you!

Martha Cook Davis Aug 24 2020 1:57 PM

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MaryAnn Brooks Aug 24 2020 12:28 PM

Patsy was one of the sweetest friends ever. I admired and looked up to her in high school. Then, as married couples, she and Rex and Charles and I enjoyed going out to eat together (we liked The Homestead in Rome), and were in the same bridge club. Our favorite memories, though, were our annual trips to Tellico Plains with the Tellico bunch going back to 1967 which was the first year I went. When I would visit her at Morning Pointe, she was always sweet, upbeat, and interested to hear any news from our mutual friends. To David, Charme, Martha, and all the family, my thoughts are with you during this sad time. But Patsy is no longer in pain and we have all these wonderful memories. Love, Janice

Janice S. Smith Aug 24 2020 11:24 AM

I have good memories of Patsy all the way back to my elementary school days going to Martha's house to play. We pestered Patsy no end, but she was sweet and patient then and kept those qualities her whole life. Ken and I were so grateful to Patsy - and her family - for the love and attention they showered on our son when he was a pre-schooler. Patsy was a special person, and I know her family will miss her sweet presence in the world. We all admired her very much and will remember her fondly.

Kathryn Sproull Aug 24 2020 10:40 AM