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James “Jamie” Arthur Prather, IV

June 27, 2016
Shepherdstown Chronicle

James "Jamie" Arthur Prather, IV, 64, of Casselberry, Florida, went to be with his lord and savior on June 12, 2016.

Born Oct. 31, 1951 in Shepherdstown, he was the son of James Arthur Prather, III and Rebecca Demory Prather.

In his youth he was an acolyte at the United Methodist Church of Shepherdstown of which he was a member. He graduated from Shepherdstown High School where he was awarded Drum Major of the marching band and played drums in the local jazz band, "Stack Jazz." It was during these formative years that Jamie's giving and passionate spirit and love for music began to grow. Shortly after graduating he started a career with the CIA, but music continued to play a significant part of his life and led him to working at the once WXVA radio station in Charles Town.

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Jamie continued to dream big and turned his aspirations of owning his own business into a reality. Starting with Art Amusements, an amusement ride company co-owned and operated with his father, which was based in Coney Island, New York and later Orlando, Florida. He later went to work for Venture Rides, an amusement manufacturing company, before once again owning his own business Premier Vending, which started out as a snack company and turned into his most recent venture of arcade gaming systems.

Throughout his life Jamie exuded a kind and loving spirit that he gladly shared with his family and others, including giving a portion of his company profits and personal time to the National Federation of the Blind.

He is survived by wife Sadie (Sara) of Casselberry; two daughters, Crystal Prather-Parsons of Casselberry and Janelle Kirkland of Tallahassee, Florida; son-in-law Tony Kirkland of Tallahassee, granddaughter Hailey Parsons of Casselberry; three sisters, Deborah Fritts of Charles Town, Corrine Tolliver of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Melissa Silecchia of Orlando; two nephews, J.D. Fritts of Shenandoah Junction and Angelo Silecchia of Orlando; three nieces, Stacy Dammorell of Rome, Italy, Cory Tolliver of Casselberry, and Shelby Silecchia of Orlando, four great nephews, Jaden, Isaiah, and Landry Fritts of Shenandoah Junction, and Dorian Heck of Casselberry; Aunt Juanita Moler of Winchester, Virginia, Uncle Dale Demory of Martinsburg and many beloved cousins.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 21.

Memorial donations may be made to Save the Music or FutureStage music charities.

 
 
 

 

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