HR 1462 - Prater, Jacqueline Polson; condolences

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A RESOLUTION expressing regrets at the passing of Jacqueline Polson Prater; and for other purposes.

Smyre, Calvin (136th) Murphy, Thomas B (18th) Walker, Larry (141st)
Ray, Robert F (128th) James, Lynmore (140th)
Status Summary HC: SC: LA: 03/19/98 H - Passed/Adopted
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House Action Senate
3/19/98 Read 1st Time
3/19/98 Passed/Adopted

HR 1462                                            LC 26 0873 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                             A RESOLUTION 
 
  1- 1  Expressing regrets at the passing of Jacqueline Polson 
  1- 2  Prater; and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 3  WHEREAS, Jacqueline Polson Prater was a native of 
  1- 4  Christchurch, Virginia, where she was educated in the public 
  1- 5  schools and received formal music instruction from her 
  1- 6  mother, Thea A. Polson, and a cousin, Inez D. Jones.  She 
  1- 7  later received piano and organ instruction from Audrey B. 
  1- 8  Robinson and George Howell of Richmond, Virginia; and 
 
  1- 9  WHEREAS, upon matriculating from Hampton University, she 
  1-10  studied piano and organ with Norman Voelcker and James 
  1-11  Barnes.  At the Boston Conservatory of Music where she 
  1-12  received a Master of Music Degree in Music Education, she 
  1-13  studied organ with Robert Pettit.  While at the 
  1-14  Conservatory, she also composed and produced an operetta for 
  1-15  grades one through seven entitled A Miracle of Spring; and 
 
  1-16  WHEREAS, Mrs. Prater first served as organist at Calvary 
  1-17  Baptist Church in Christchurch and in later years at St. 
  1-18  Mark's Congregational Church in Boston and as organist-choir 
  1-19  director at the historic First Baptist Church in 
  1-20  Williamsburg, Virginia; and 
 
  1-21  WHEREAS, in April, 1993, she was one of the recipients of 
  1-22  the Distinguished Music Alumni Awards from Hampton 
  1-23  University during its 125th anniversary celebration.  Her 
  1-24  original musical setting of The Candlelight Song is set in 
  1-25  the Links Book of Songs that was presented at the Links 
  1-26  National Conference during the summer of 1994; and 
 
  1-27  WHEREAS, the wife of Dr. Oscar L. Prater, this First Lady of 
  1-28  Fort Valley State College served as accompanist for many 
  1-29  activities and events, including those sponsored by Fort 
  1-30  Valley area churches, the Peach Area Civic Theater, and the 
  1-31  Peach Festival Chorus, and she served as the choir director 
  1-32  at the Peach County High School; and 
 
  1-33  WHEREAS, she was a former member of the First Baptist Church 
  1-34  of Williamsburg, Virginia, where she served as minister of 
  1-35  music and organist and was a former member of the Board of 
 
 
 
 
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  2- 1  Directors for an Occasion for the Arts, the League of Women 
  2- 2  Voters, and the American Red Cross; and 
 
  2- 3  WHEREAS, she was a charter member of the Williamsburg 
  2- 4  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and 
  2- 5  served on the Board of Directors of the Peach County Habitat 
  2- 6  for Humanity Advisory Council, the Middle Georgia Girl Scout 
  2- 7  Council, and the Macon Arts Alliance; and 
 
  2- 8  WHEREAS, she received many honors and recognitions, 
  2- 9  including the Highland Park Civic Association in Service 
  2-10  Award, guest director of the Newport News, Virginia, 
  2-11  All-City Middle School Chorus, accompanist for choruses at 
  2-12  Virginia Music Camp, and adjudicator for pianists for the 
  2-13  Governor's School of Performing Arts. 
 
  2-14  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF 
  2-15  REPRESENTATIVES that this body expresses its regrets at the 
  2-16  passing of this fine individual and extends its condolences 
  2-17  to her family. 
 
  2-18  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of 
  2-19  Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an 
  2-20  appropriate copy of this resolution to the family of 
  2-21  Jacqueline P. Prater. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98