John T. Prather, 76

Mechanic, woodworker

November 17, 2006

John Thomas Prather, a retired diesel mechanic who enjoyed woodworking, died of pneumonia Saturday at St. Agnes Hospital. The longtime Dundalk resident was 76.

Born and raised in Goodview, Va., Mr. Prather served with a mobile Army surgical unit during the Korean War.

He moved to Baltimore in 1961 and worked as a diesel mechanic for many years at Alban Tractor Co. until retiring in 1986. Then he operated a small machine shop at his Dundalk home.

Mr. Prather enjoyed making furniture, birdhouses, flower boxes and picture frames in his garage woodshop.

"At his request, there will be no services. He just wanted his family and friends to remember him in their prayers and wish him a pleasant journey," said nephew Robert J. Cregger of Vinton, Va.

Survivors also include a sister, Geraldine Prather Cregger of Roanoke, Va., cousins and several other nephews.

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