Steven Prather
August 29, 1957  -  May 13, 2017

Steven Prather

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First Baptist Church
1211 Ave. G
Eunice, NM  88231
Thursday, May 18, 2017
3:00 pm
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Steven Dean Prather, 59, was born August 29, 1957 in Denver City, TX to Paul “Dink” and Bessie Prather. He passed away on May 13, 2017 in Houston, TX.

He married Susan Hughes on April 20, 2002 in Hobbs, NM.

Steven is survived by his wife, Susan Prather of Hobbs, NM; children, Adrianne Williams and husband Todd of Lubbock, TX, Rowdy Prather of Clovis, NM, Russell Pickerel of Eunice, NM, Kevin Pickerel of Midland, TX, Jarod Pickerel, of Hobbs, NM; his mother, Bessie Prather of Hobbs, NM; two sisters, Stephanie Prather of Alamogordo, NM and Sherry Prather of Eunice, NM; grandchildren, Allison Williams, Alexandria Prather and Reese Williams; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and very special friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul “Dink” Prather.

Steven had numerous achievements and was a member of various associations including; working alongside his father Dink at Chaparral Service, Inc. in Eunice, NM until it was sold in 2006, was a Master Mason of the Eunice Masonic Lodge since March of 1982, served on the Lea County Fair Board from October 17, 1988 to May 19, 1993, was a member of the State Board for the New Mexico Horseman’s Association in 2005 and 2006, served on the Zia Park Horseman’s Committee in 2005 and then again from 2011 through 2016, served on the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Board of Trustees in 2015 and 2016. Steve owned and operated Doubletree Farm and also recently received the Jim Curry Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Horseman’s Association for the year of 2016.


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  1. Robin McCann
    Hobbs, NM

    May you be comforted during your sorrow... I pray you hold on to your courage for each new day... May you be filled with strength to face this new journey, The Lord's word will light your way... May His grace fill your heart with comfort and peace so you may understand and turn to Him as he covers you with His love and gently holds you in the palm of His hand..

  2. Bessie Prather
    Hobbs, NM

    My dear sweet precious boy, you will live on forever in my heart. My heart is at
    peace knowing your home with Jesus! I will forever and always miss you!
    Love Mom.

  3. Deborah Hix
    Longview, TX

    Prayers sent to Susan, Bessie, Stephanie, Sherry and his family.I am saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I'm asking God to comfort each of you during this difficult time.

  4. Joycelynn Parrish Taylor and family
    Odessa, TX

    I am so sorry for your loss, we are praying for you and your family. If there is anything we can do for you, please contact us. 432-924-4362.

  5. Clay and Mickie Harris
    Big Spring, TX

    Our prayers are with the Prather family.

  6. Ray & Karon Ashford
    El Paso, TX

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  7. Stephanie Prather
    Alamogordo, NM

    Brother my heart is heavy with sadness as this day draws near the end. You
    are a warrior and you've fought a brave and courageous battle. Even though your body was losing the battle your heart won the war! Brother your heart is what I keep in my memories. Steve today I honor your life with love and respect. I will carry you and dad in my heart til we meet again! Rest In Peace brother, your work here is done. Love, hugs and kisses forever, your sister

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    Prayers for the Prather family..Patsy Taylor

  9. Kenny Reed
    Eunice NM,

    Anything Steve had influence in, he made better . He had a Midas touch. A person had a better day if Steve was in it. A job went smoother if Steve was involved. A horse ran faster if Steve was watching. Steve was larger than life and he lived life to the fullest. I felt like a better person after any conversation I had the privilege to have with Steve. Yes Jesus is all that is needed to make heaven glorious, but even there Steve will add something to it that only Steve could have given it. I'll miss him at Zia park.

  10. Lizbeth Jo Morrow Donley
    Liberty, TX

    So sorry for your loss! He was a great man and will be truly missed! RIP Steve.

  11. Charley and Sharon Musslewhite
    Asbury, IA

    To the Prather family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Charley and Sharon Musslewhite

  12. Tonya Fisher
    Hobbs, NM

    So very sorry for your loss, Susie. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Sherry Prather
    Eunice, NM

    My brother, my friend, missing you already. I will love you forever your sister, Sherry

  14. Gene Schmidt
    Lamesa, TX

    Saddened to learn of Steve's passing. I thought very highly of him. I considered him a good friend and a very good guy. I will miss him.

  15. Bill Beck
    Eunice, NM

    My taughts and prayers have been for Steve and the family daily , and may God
    Comfort and Bless each of you.
    Steve was a very good and true friend and he will be missed very much.
    May he Rest In Peace in the Lords House.

  16. Sam and Jacque Pennington
    Seminole, TX

    We are so sorry to hear of Steven's passing. My heart and prayers go out to Susie and the family. He will be greatly missed!

  17. Jane Wiggins
    Hagerman, NM

    My love and condolences go out to Steve's wife and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Horse racing and the southwest have lost a good man.

  18. Bob and Arleen Heck
    Del Rio, TX

    Dear Susie and family, there are no words to convey our sorrow at the loss of Steve. We know your sorrow is deep and we pray for God to give comfort to you all. Our hearts are heavy as we so loved him and treasure our friendship and memories that we have shared down thru the years. Please know that we love you and are lifting you up in prayer. Love, Bob and Arleen

  19. Joann Farris
    Midland, TX

    My condolences go out to all the family and friends of Steve's. So sorry to hear of the loss of a great man. Peace be with you all and may he Rip. Hugs to all and prayers

  20. Ms. Charles McGlothlin
    Ruidoso, NM

    So deeply sorry for you loss. Steve was a really nice guy I met at The Jockey Club here in Ruidoso. My dear Charles thought a lot of Steve. Now the are both angels in heaven...💕😢

  21. Tamara Duff (daughter of Tony and Jeanette)
    Hobbs, NM

    So sorry for your loss. You will all be in my prayers

  22. Deborah Williams
    Amarillo, TX

    Adrianne, I'm so sorry about your Daddy. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You. I love you all.
    Aunt Debbie

  23. Jr and Joy
    Eunice, NM

    Susie, we are so sorry for your deep loss. I pray for your comfort and peace. We love you so much. My heart goes out to you. Bessie, Stephanie and Sherry I pray for your strength and peace as well. Love you all so much.

  24. Dustin McElwee
    Lamesa, TX

    On behalf of myself and all at Brock Veterinary Clinic, please accept our deepest condolences and prayers for God's peace to rest on you and all of your family Susie.

  25. Kim Aderholt
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Condolences to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss

  26. Bety Pender
    Eunice, NM

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. May Jehovah God bless you all with comfort and strength in the coming days.🙏🙏

  27. Rusty & Judy Taylor
    Hobbs, NM

    Bessie, I'm sorry to hear about Steve. I was shocked. I'm praying for comfort and pease for you and your family.

  28. Doug Bulman
    Midland, TX

    Gods speed Steve.

  29. Harry Teague
    Hobbs, NM

    You will be missed and remembered.

  30. George Farris
    Eunice, NM

    Steve was as fun to be around as Dink, always good to see them, they both always had a smile a something good to say, Prayers for the family !

  31. Erika Valdez-Betsch
    Hobbs, NM

    Deepest sympathies! May you find comfort in all of the love and memories shared. May you find peace through prayer and faith.

  32. Belinda Callaway
    Hico, TX

    Still cannot believe you are gone. Upon hearing of your diagnosis, you were in our prayers every day! You are now walking with our most precious Lord and our prayers will continue for your family!

  33. Keith, Nicki & Jessie Collins
    Pomona, MO

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Steve's family. May God give you all the strength to get through the days ahead. We know how much you loved him and how deeply he will be missed.
    With all our love, Keith Nicki & Jessie

  34. James and Donna McArthur
    El Paso, TX

    We send our deepest sympathy blessings to you you and your family.

  35. Dr and Mrs Larry Tuttle
    Hobbs, NM

    We are so sorry for your loss Susie and family... May the Lord above hold you in His comforting arms. Love the Tuttle's

  36. Mary Hummel Scott
    Wallis, TX

    Thoughts and prayers to all the family

  37. Mack Payne Family
    Patoka, IL

    Steve was one of those friends that you may not see for years, but would pick up that friendship with you as if it was only a few days ago since he had seen you. We hold many dear memories of him. May your memories help you in the days to come. You all have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  38. Freda Radcliff
    Hobbs, NM

    Sending my condolences in your time of sorrow. Prayers for the family. God bless.

  39. Joycelynn Parrish Taylor and family
    Odessa, TX

    I am so sorry for your loss, we are praying for you and your family. If there is anything we can do for you, please contact us. 432-924-4362.

  40. New Mexico Horsemen's Association
    Albuquerque, NM

    On behalf of the Horsemen's Association we want to offer our condolences and prayers to the family.

  41. Pete&Gloria Alvarado
    Hobbs, NM

    Steve was a very dear friend that we knew for 25 years. He always treated us well. You will be missed Steve. God bless you and Rejoice In Heaven. Always Amigos, Pete and Gloria

  42. Cam & Belinda Robbins
    Eunice, NM

    With Heavy Hearts We Send Each of You Our Deepest Sympathy! There Aren't Enough Words to Express How Deeply Sorry We Are!! We Loved Steve and Love You All!! Each of You Are in Our Hearts,Thoughts and Prayers!!

  43. Jimmie Stewart
    Fredericksburg, TX

    Susie, dear.
    We share your sorrow during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and the entire family for many many months. You and Steve are such special friends and we are grieving right along with you.
    Our love,
    Jeanette and Jimmie Stewart

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