He was born Oct. 18, 1916, in Hayesville, N.C., to William Isaac and Cora Matheson Prater.
After teaching school in Rabun County, Howard served in the army in World War II. After the war, Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Georgia. Howard and his wife, Lois, had an independent insurance agency in Clayton for 25 years. He was an active member of Clayton First United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Clayton Lions Club.
Howard was preceded in death by: his wife, Lois Prater; a son, Riley Prater; two brothers, Guy and Glen Parker; and four sisters, Edna Powers, Margie Prater, Myrt Lambert and Inez Moore.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Cordell and Robin Prater of Sugar Hill and George and Vickie Prater of Tiger; and three grandchildren, Nicholas Prater and wife Christa of Dacula, Susan Prater of Atlanta and William Prater of Tiger.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Clayton First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Charlie Green and Carol Cook officiating. Burial followed at Rabun Memory Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Clayton First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 703, Clayton, GA 30525.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.