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“Here is a candle for you on your Birthday my love. I wish that I could be handing you a gift instead I took Anastasia to your favorite restaurant...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Valerie - Springfield, IL - wife

“Justin I can't believe that a year has passed, that just doesn't seem possible. :( I was thinking on New Years Day this year, that is the last time...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle - Walnut, IL - Friend

“Happy Anniversary Justin, wherever you may be... You are in our hearts, that's for sure! Also during this Halloween time, I remembered when you,...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle - Walnut, IL - friend

“Happy Anniversary my love. I have been missing you since the day you left this world for the next, but never so much as right now. I look back across...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Valerie Prather - Springfield, IL

“Also just wanted to say that it's comforting to see Eric driving around your Black Saturn because when I see it, I think of you, and the time you...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle - Walnut, IL - friend

“was thinking about you a few weeks ago on Valerie & Jean's birthday & remembering that was the first time I met you, at their birthday party 11 years...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle - Walnut, IL - friend

“Hey Kiddo, I can't seem to get you off my mind and out of my head the past couple of weeks. I figured it was a sign that I needed to drop in and send...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Rachel - Melbourne, FL

“I heard this poem on a t.v. show and thought of you, so here it is. What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now for ever taken from...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Valerie Prather - Springfield, IL

“just thinking of you today & wanted to visit your guest book:)Miss you, Danielle ”
9 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle - Walnut, IL - Friend

“To my Justin on your Birthday, Though your physical body is no longer here for me to whisper Happy Birthday in your ear, I will still celebrate the...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Valerie Prather - wife

“Happy Birthday my dear friend! ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle Wallace - Walnut, IL

“Something I heard before that I really liked & just looked it up William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet "Give me my Romeo, and When He Shall Die, Take...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle Wallace - Walniut, IL

“I think I will come here from time to time & post things that I remember. Things just keep popping into my head - memories or things he said. One of...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle Wallace - Walnut, IL

“Although I don't remember exactly how I met Justin, it was from inquiring about someone to help move aquariums. May have been the folks from the...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: P. Holt - Springfield, IL

“Dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a great young man Justin had become. Reading all of these memories has been great. I do...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Cheryl Sutton Snoke - Evansville, IN

“Sue, It has been so long since I have seen you or talked with you. It seems everyone goes their seperate ways. You and your family have been on my...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Ginger Weatherford - Naples, FL

“words wrapped in tears Justin will be missed the cries of the hearts left-behind, a mist a dew on the flowers of hope and memory. love to Mom...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Dan Sutton - North Andover, MA

“Dear Anastasia, Someday I hope you can read this and understand. You are so special to me and I love you more than words can express. You are an...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Tara Southard - sister/aunt

“To Justin's Family and Close Friends ... the world has lost a special young man. Today's ceremony was very helpful for me. I was able to learn more...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Therese - Friend

“Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. We know no words are enough to erase the pain of your loss. So we offer our kind thoughts and prayers....Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Ann Harmon - friend

“May you find peace at this time , Thought and prayers go out to the family and friends ! God Bless all of you . ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Michelle C Holden - Palm bay, FL

“Justin is someone I will treasure forever. He has always kept me laughing, always picking on me, and joking. He also gave the very best & biggest...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Danielle Wallace - Walnut, IL

“John,Tara & Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Justin,although I never met him, from the words I've just read from others it sounds...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Edna Luckey Vaughn - Curran, IL

“Dear Uncle Justin, Thank you for the great whirlpools in the summer and fireworks. Thank you for going kite- flying and camping with us....Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Alyssa Southard - niece

“There are people in this world who leave very shallow imprints in one's life. Justin was not one of those; he left a very large imprint in every life...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Jean Baylor - sister-in-law

“To My most amazing husband, Throughout these short years you have shared your life with me and I must now survive your death. You have made me a...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Valerie Prather - Springfield, IL

“Jus, all I can say is WOW! What an amazing man you grew to become. I have so many crazy but loving memories of you throughout the years that will...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Rachel Walls Titus - Melbourne, FL

“Varlerie &Anastasia, You have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We will miss Justin coming into the bank with Anatasia. We all here will...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Town&Country Bank/Ash & McArthur - IL

“Dear Sue, I'm sorry I did not have the opportunity of meeting and knowing your son, Justin. I have grown to love and appreciate you since we got...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Bernadine Stoneburner - Cowden, IL

“Dear Valerie- Justin and you were among a special group of "kids" whom I have always remembered from my Aquaria Unlimited years. He was such a...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Kris Tipps - Springfield, IL

“Dear Valerie and Anastasia, I can't begin to tell you how saddened we all were at IEMA and STIC to learn of Justin's passing. He was more than...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Rita Werner

“Tara and Pam, I love you both, and I am here for you always. Valerie, I am so happy Justin had you. We dont know each other well, but I spent enough...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Tiffany Prior-Wise - Springfield, IL


Justin Christopher Hart-Prather, 34, of Springfield, died at 7:19 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center.

Justin was born February 18, 1976 in Decatur, the son of Christopher and Pamela Sutton Hart. He married Valerie Baker on October 18. 2003 at The Beach House.

Justin was employed by Above and Beyond Cleaning Service. He liked to spend time with his family, especially building things with his daughter, Anastasia and he will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie Prather of Springfield; daughter, Anastasia Prather at home; mother, Pamela Sutton of Springfield; sister, Tara (husband, John) Southard of Chatham and two nieces.

Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.

A memorial ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist, 745 Woodside Rd., Springfield on Saturday, January 15, 2010 with Rev. Bob Wilson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Kidney Transplant Foundation, 701 N. 1st St., Box 87, Springfield, IL 62781.