A Celebration of Life Service for the Reverend Doctor William Arthur DePrater, III, will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at MacPherson Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, N.C. The graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, followed by the Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 AM in the church sanctuary. The family will receive friends and family at a luncheon following the service. Born in Fayetteville, N.C. Dr. DePrater was the son of Mary Blue and William Arthur DePrater, Jr. Surviving are his beloved wife of forty-four years the Reverend Margaret (Mickey) Rogers DePrater and their three daughters: Elizabeth Monroe DePrater, Mary Margaret DePrater, Katherine DePrater Alphin; grandson Jacob Christopher Alphin; and sister, Mary Blue DePrater.
Dr. DePrater graduated from Methodist College (BA), Erskine Theological Seminary (MDiv) and McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin). An 11th generation Presbyterian and descendant of Alexander MacAlister, he authored the book, God Hovered Over the Waters, the Emergence of the Protestant Reformation. Prior to writing his book, Dr. DePrater served the Presbyterian Church, USA in multiple capacities ranging from Minister of Word and Sacrament, executive leader, mentor, teacher, and contributing author to numerous publications. During his distinguished career, Dr. DePrater received the following recognitions: E.T. George Award at Union Presbyterian Seminary and an Honorary Life Membership to the Presbyterian Women organization. He was also proud to serve on multiple boards during his career including Hospice organizations and City Missions.
Memorials may be made to either UNC Hospice Care, 480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 or Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 314 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516. A special thank you to the medical teams at UNC Hospital, Duke Hospital, and UNC Hospice Services.