Mrs. Betty Joyce Hardin Prather, age 76 of Red Springs, NC was born September 7, 1944 to the late Birdeye H. and Leatha Mae Locklear Hardin in Robeson County, NC and departed this earthly home October 16, 2020 to now reside in Heaven with her Lord and all her other family and friends that have went on before her.
In addition to her parents, Our precious Mama was preceded in death by her husband, David W. Prather; a daughter, Baby Girl Prather; one sister, Jeannie Locklear; two sisters-in-law, Shelby J. Hardin and Bertha Mae “Rosie Lee” Hardin; one grandson, Shaun Jackson; one granddaughter, Mary A. Cline and numerous other relatives and friends.
Betty was known to many as the “Insurance Lady”, she sold life insurance for over 45 years with several companies including Charlotte Liberty, Investors Heritage, and Settlers Life; she worked as the insurance agent for Heritage Funeral Home since the business was started. Betty established Prather’s Family Care Home in Red Springs in 1990 and dedicated her life to caring for those who could not care for themselves. She treated her patients as family and loved them as so. Betty was a founding and very faithful member of Freedom Assembly of God in Red Springs, where she was active in church activities such as Women’s Ministries and the Senior Citizens Group which she loved. Betty was also a Hospice of Robeson volunteer for many years until her health started to decline.
Our Mama had a love for jewelry, clothes, cooking and looking her best at all times; more than anything our precious Mama was a follower of Christ, she loved the Lord, reading the Bible, listening to Gospel music and not to mention she could pray like none other. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman.
Betty leaves to cherish her memories and celebrate her legacy, three sons, Jeffery D. Prather, Daniel F. Prather (Beverly) and Jonathan W. Prather (Kasei) all of Red Springs; two daughters, Linda L. Cooper (Chris) and Hattie Locklear both of Red Springs; two brothers, Harry T. Hardin and William D. (Bill) Hardin both of Red Springs; a special granddaughter and caretaker, Kelsondra Locklear of the home and a special grandson, Micah P. Thompson-Prather; her other grandchildren, Andrew, Presley, Brandon, Christopher, Shane, Ashleigh, Izabella, Blake, Christopher, Carmichael, Kelvin, Antonio, Patrick and David; several great grandchildren; her loving nieces and nephews; her adopted family, John and Sarah Locklear and kids whom she loved and they loved her just as much; her special friends, James Jones, Emma J. Lowery, Frances Collins, Fannie Locklear, Barbara Bell, Hazel Lowery, Trudy Locklear, Bobbie Parton, Annie L. Locklear and Kathy Freeman, along with others and a great host of other relatives and friends.
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