Jack Joseph Prather | Obituary

Jack Joseph Prather, 84, died March 7, 2022, at Johnson City, TN Medical Center. Born in New York, he was the son of Evelyn and Theodore Roosevelt Prather. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Jack graduated from high school and then attended Ohio University, majoring in journalism.

Prather was an American publicist, journalist, and prolific writer in several genres, including biographies, PR guides, poetry, and detective stories. In the early years of his career, he worked as a reporter and sports editor for two New Jersey newspapers, where his talent as a writer was often recognized. He has received awards from the National Communicators Association and the NJ Press Association, including “Best Column in All Divisions.” He then worked as a public relations manager at a well-known family station before starting his own marketing and consulting business. As a public relations consultant, he guided one of his clients to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. As a political consultant, he served both Democrats and Republicans, including members of the United States Congress. As an online columnist, his article on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death was a finalist among 66,000 entries in the National Pundit Contest.

After retiring to Hendersonville, North Carolina, Jack continued his love affair with the written word, writing articles for local magazines and newspapers and devoting much of his time to writing books. He has written seven in total, including the two for which he is best known: Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina, nominated for the NC Literary & Historical Association Award for Non-Fiction, and his latest book, Six Notable Women in North Caroline.

Jack is survived by his beloved fiancée Joyce H. Doughty of Greeneville, TN; his sisters Jean and Joanne; children Jill, Sherry and Scott; many nieces and nephews, and her faithful furry baby cat Buddy.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral.

Contributions in his name can be made at: World Central Kitchen https://donate.wck.org/give/396273/#!/donation/checkout; Washington County Humane Society, 2101 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, TN 37604; International Rescue Committee, PO Box 6068, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or a charity of your choice.

Memories and condolences can be shared or viewed by visiting www.mtnempirecbs.com. Mountain Empire Cremation and Burial Services (423-547-0379), 806 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 5, Jonesborough, TN 37659, is honored to serve the Prather family.

This obituary has been lovingly written by Jack’s family.

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