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Crash victim described as a good son

April 10, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday identified a West Virginia man who died after his truck crashed into a tree Monday night near Marlowe, W.Va.

Perry Prather, 38, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Dennis Streets of of the Sheriff's Department said.

Streets said Prather was traveling south on U.S. 11 when he lost control of the 1966 Ford truck about one mile south of the Potomac River bridge.

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The truck partially veered off the west side of the roadway, returned to the road, went off the east side of the road and struck a tree, Streets said.

Streets said traffic was stopped for about two hours.

The family was notified later that night.

"He was a good son," Lewis W. Prather Sr. said.

Lewis Prather said his son bowled every Sunday in Brunswick, Md., and loved to fish, camp and watch football.

"He loved the (Washington) Redskins," he said.

Lewis Prather said he did not know where Perry Prather was coming from before the fatal accident.

"We may never know," he said.

Perry Prather worked at Xerxes Co. in Williamsport for about 10 years, Lewis Prather said.

He said his son joined the U.S. Army after graduation from Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School in 1983.

Lewis Prather said his son drove trucks for the Army and traveled to Panama and Germany during his three years in the Army.

Lewis Prather said his son Ronald Prather of Gerrardstown, W.Va., was on his way from Savannah, Ga., where he serves as a military policeman.

In addition to his father, Perry Prather is survived by his mother Phyllis Triggs Stanley of Martinsburg, three sisters and three brothers.

"He was a nice guy," stepmother Betty Prather said.

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