Deputy Ira Darby Prater

Deputy Ira Darby Prater

Cannon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, January 8, 1996

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Ira Darby Prater

Deputy Sheriff Ira Prater was killed after being involved in an accident while responding to a call.

His patrol car left the road at Dickens Hill as the result of icy conditions.

Deputy Prater had graduated from the police academy the previous month. He was survived by his mother and brother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 273

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Darby, I think about you a lot and wonder what your life would have been like. You passed way too young. I will never forget that phone call during the night. Nosy me always jerked up the phone and I heard your mama’s sweet broken voice tell Daddy that you were gone. We were always close as kids and I remember Mama telling me that I couldn’t marry you when I got older because cousins couldn’t marry each other. And your nose bleeds!!! Your nose was always bleeding! We are about to get an ice storm and I always think about you during bad weather. May you Rest In Peace. I’ll see you again one day. Love Always -Your cousin Rachel

Rachel Gribble Davis

February 14, 2021

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