Jack E. Prater, age 83, of Bristol, Tenn., went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 17, 2022 at his home following a long battle with cancer. Jack was born on August 19, 1938 in Bristol, VA, a son of the late Mary Sue Joyner and he lived all of his life in the Bristol area. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Jack was an avid Fly Fisherman and of the South Holston River Community as well as an avid outdoorsman. Jack had a special place in his heart for the Wounded Warriors of East Tennessee and the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by sister, Jeanette Overcast; brothers, William Joyner, Bruce Joyner, John Joyner, and Benny Joyner; and great nephew, Brion Christopher Burress.
Survivors include the love of his life for 57 years, Edith Prater; goddaughter, Leanna Kelly; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews that he loved very much.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Amedisys Hospice Chaplain Tom Edwards officiating. The entombment and committal service will be at Glenwood Mausoleum following the service. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Cheers, Ben Walters, John Huchaba, Steve Kelly, Ralph Mueller, Martin Jones, Gary Wilson, Mike Morrell, Mike Milhorn, Roger Leonard, John Fulkrod, and Erby Brown. Debbie and Brion Burress wish to express their heartfelt appreciation and special thanks to the wonderful caregivers of Amedisys Hospice of Kingsport, Logan Canter, Tom Edwards, Lindsey Carrier, and Whitney Miller. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jack’s memory, can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.