Blandon Prater, Sr.

Blandon Prater, Sr.

Brian Blandon Prater, 69, of Myrtle Beach passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, August 9, 2020. Born in Charleston, S.C. on June 30, 1951, he was a son of the late Chester and Margaret McCall Prater.

A 1969 graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, Blandon was a standout member of the Seahawk football team. His success on the field earned him a football scholarship to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he graduated in 1974. He was among a handful of Thundering Herd team members not aboard the fateful Southern Airways Flight 932 on the evening of November 14, 1970. The crash killed all 75 players, coaches, and boosters on board in what has been recognized as “the worst sports related air tragedy in U.S. history.”

For more than 35 years, Blandon was a successful automobile wholesaler, which allowed him to travel extensively and make lasting friendships across the nation. In addition, he also sold real estate for many years all along South Carolina’s Grand Strand.

Blandon is survived by his daughter, Raeshelle Prater Crews (Andy) of Johns Island, S.C.; a son, Brian Blandon Prater of Myrtle Beach; a granddaughter, Ayla Victoria Prater of Myrtle Beach; the mother of his son, Maxine Hearl Prater of Myrtle Beach; two sisters, including Linda Niner (John) of Hagerstown, Md., and Sharon Bartholomew of Georgetown, S.C.; and a brother, Wayne Rogers (Sue) of Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Mitchell Prater.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced in the near future.

McMillan-Small Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family, and you may leave condolences using the Guestbook tab above.

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David McCoy
Matewan, WV
Created On: 08/23/2020 17:15:18

I remember the first day I saw Blandon. He was in the Marshall University Twin Tower cafeteria line. He was with A.J. McRoberts. They were both tow-haired with hair down to their shoulders. We played football together on the Young Thundering Herd MU team. He was great guy and good friend. I'm very sorry for his passing and condolences to the family.

Jack Faircloth
Charlottesville, VA
Created On: 08/17/2020 00:04:48

God bless you Blandon. I always considered you one of the best football teammates I ever played with. You were talented and hard working.

Annette Prater Heath
Louisville Ky
Created On: 08/15/2020 18:08:35

Im sorry for our loss.

Tom Davis
Murrells Inlet, SC
Created On: 08/15/2020 15:18:59

At those times like a coward I felt sorry for myself Blandon would encourage me, inspire me and make me feel welcome. He was a friend and genuinely fun to line up next to; a fearless, unselfish blocker - a determined runner and unquestionably a steel-eyed leader. One of the good guys ... he'll be missed.

Allan and Marsha Estep
Created On: 08/15/2020 02:40:29

To the family of Mr. Prater. We did not know your loved one, but as fans of Marshall Football we would like extend our deepest sympathy. It was because of people like Mr. Prater that we continue to have a football
program at Marshall University. All Herd Nation extends condolence.

Ron kirby
Tega Cay
Created On: 08/14/2020 15:20:22

Mr Myrtle Beach a true friend for almost 40 years, nothing but positive fun and laughter. I miss you already my friend, I’ll be there Saturday

Shawn Pitman-Anderson
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 08/13/2020 02:02:58

Thought and prayers are with the Prater family! May God's love and peace be with you all during this time.

Gladys and Tommy Turner
Lake Wylie SC
Created On: 08/12/2020 22:05:10

Gladys worked many years with Blandon. He was a dear friend.

Bill Chapman
Lexington, Kentucky
Created On: 08/12/2020 18:59:53

Brandon and I were classmates and teammates at Myrtle Beach High. His "Motor" was always full speed. RIP Seahawk!

Dave Crain
Murrieta, ca
Created On: 08/12/2020 14:53:44

Worked many years with Brandon at Hendrick Automotive Group. It was a great guy and a big help to all...

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