Stevie Prather was born December 30, 1962 in Rockville, Maryland. He was the youngest of three children born to the late James and Juanita Prather. Stevie was called to eternal rest on Monday, December 28, 2020 in Burtonsville, Maryland.
He was educated in the Montgomery County Public Schools system. After graduating from Springbrook High School, he attended University of Maryland where he received his bachelor’s degree in Education. Stevie was employed by the Prince George’s County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. The majority of his teaching career was at Mary Harris Mother Jones Elementary School in Adelphi, Maryland, where he served as a fifth-grade teacher and Chairperson. Along with serving as Camp Schmidt director for the 5th grade and Boys Mentoring Group Leader, Stevie was honored, admired and respected by the school leadership and his peers.
He learned to pivot and embrace distance learning to teach his students who so dearly loved him. His vocation in teaching and his love for children extended beyond the elementary stages of learning. Oftentimes, years later, students and parents shared with him the life changing impact that he bestowed. During his teaching career, he received numerous awards and accolades. Last year, he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year from Gamma Pi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Stevie’s love for the Lord started as a teenager at Good Hope United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. As an adult, his love for singing was developed, where he joined the praise and worship team and produced his own CD, God is So Good at Immanuel’s Church. Stevie’s singing career included performing at churches, schools and other venues. He also assisted with praise and worship at newly planted churches. He was excited to join his sister, Trina Jenkins, at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden where he has been a member since March 2002.
Stevie’s large and compassionate heart was evident in his faithfulness and encouragement to others. His smile would light up any environment, along with his contagious laughter heard even before you entered the room! He had a great love for his family, especially his nieces and nephews. The common spirit of laughter with his siblings, particularly Trina and Aaron filled the house during family and holiday gatherings. He loved to be the food taster for Trina’s cooking and Sunday texting about football and church service with Aaron.
He leaves to cherish fond and loving memories: his brother, Aaron Prather (Carmen), sister, Trina (Pastor John Jenkins, Sr.), and his special sister, Keisha Burgin (David); nieces and nephews: Sarah Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins (Dani), Jimmy Jenkins, Ana Florence (Ryan), Aaron Prather Jr., Natalie Jenkins, Cydnei Prather, John Jenkins, Jr., Jennifer, Jazmin and Jia Prather; aunts: Pauline Harris, Darlene Powell (Carroll), Dorothy Prather and Diane Prather, who was like his second mom; great aunt, Hazel Smith; and a host of cousins and great nieces and nephews, along with friends and colleagues.
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