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Ernest Harold “JR” Plater, 68, of Hughesville died July 4, 2012, at the Community Living Center, at the VA Medical Center, in Washington, D.C.
He was born Sept. 21, 1943, to the late Ernest Spencer Plater and Mary Lola Plater.
He had nine siblings, four brothers and five sisters, and grew up in Mechanicsville.
After marrying in 1966, he raised his family in Hughesville and lived there until his death.
He served two years in the US Army and was stationed in Vietnam as an Aircraft Mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1968. For more than 20 years, he worked at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
He enjoyed the outdoors, no matter the season. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, rebuilding lawn tractors, gardening and caring for animals. He always looked forward to annual barbecues with family and friends; he always brought the crabs. When indoors, he enjoyed watching his favorite old TV shows, like “Sanford & Son” and “Seinfeld.” A big sports fan, he loved cheering on the Washington Redskins and his favorite college basketball team, the Georgetown Hoyas. He was very proud of and enjoyed boasting about his eight grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his brothers, Joseph Plater, Wilbur Plater and Marvin Plater.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Plater; children, Felicia Lester, Glen Plater, Chris Plater and Brian Plater; brother, Preston Plater; sisters, Alphea Butler, Gloria Plater, Jomane Stone, Lorraine Briscoe and Josephine Dallas; eight grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, July 13, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 28297 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville. A Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m.
Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.
Arrangements are being provided by Adams Funeral Home in Aquasco.