Bessie Mae Williams Prater

Published 5:43 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

Oct. 28, 1931 – Sept. 14, 2022

Natchez-   Funeral Services for Bessie Mae Williams Prater, 90, of Natchez, who died Wednesday, September 14, 2022, in Natchez will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul  African Methodist Episcopal  Church with Rev. Anthony Colenburg officiating.

Burial will follow at Natchez National Cemetery under the direction of West Gate Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home and will continue on Wednesday, September  21, 2022, from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.   You are required to wear a mask.

Bessie was born October 28, 1931, the daughter of Josephine Fowler Williams and Tommy Williams.  She was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church where she served in the Senior Choir, the Missionary Society, A.M. Poor Fund Society and Trustee Board.  Mrs. Prater was also a member of the Heroine of Jericho Queen Ester Court #18.  She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, gardening and shopping.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles E. Prater, son, Reginald Prater, daughter, Valarie Lyles, sisters: Bernice Wallace, Sophie Williams and brothers: Tommy (“T.J”) Williams, Alonzo Williams and James B. Williams.

Bessie leaves to cherish her memories: sons: Charles Edward Prater (Mary) and Ricardo Prater; daughters: Jacqueline Nichols and Vanessa L. Ealey; sisters:  Alberta McFarlane and Ethel Sanders; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to www.westgatefh.com