Dr. Joseph "Joe" D. Prince

November 20, 1940January 29, 2011

Dr. Joseph “Joe” D. Prince, of Harrison, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Joe was born November 20, 1940 in Barberton, Ohio to the late C. Eric and Nellie Ross Prince. Joe graduated from Rockmart High School, Rockmart, Georgia, Emory University at Oxford, Georgia, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and from The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, Tennessee. Joe practiced general dentistry from 1965 until 2010. He served in offices of the Tennessee Dental Association and American Dental Association. Joe was a member and served in the Chattanooga Area Dental Society; Tennessee Dental Association; Vice President Tennessee Dental Association, East Grand Division, and the American Dental Association. He was a member of the Tennessee Valley Dental Study Group, Academy of Operative Dentistry. Fellow of the American and International College of Dentists. He was past President of the Tennessee State Board of Dental Examiners and member of the Southern Regional Testing Agency. Joe was a member of Hixson United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday school teacher and in the choir. He served our country during Vietnam as a Captain in the U. S. Army Dental Corps. Joe was a member of Brainerd Kiwanis, the Gideon’s, Allied Arts Fund, Indian Guides (YMCA) and Methodist Church Costa Rica Dental Mission. He is survived by his wife Reba C. Prince; children, Stacy Prince (Kenneth) Park and Michael D. (Leigh Ann) Prince; grandchildren, Eric Park and Parker Prince. A Celebration service of the Life of Dr. Joe Prince will be held at 5 pm on Friday, February 4, at Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343, with Rev. Randy Martin and Rev. Paul Longmire officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Joe’s name to the Pipe Organ Fund at Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343 or to the Hixson United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 4, 2011

Dr. Joseph "Joe" D. Prince

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Harold Mann

February 9, 2011

When "Joe" was a student at Emory-at-Oxford (GA), 1958-1960, he sang baritone in the Glee Club which I directed. I can "see" him in his white dinner-jacket, in performance.
In 2002 at Oxford we had a mammoth reunion of choral singers over a 12-year period. I got to talk with Dr Prince by phone, and he wanted to join us. I was pleased to hear he was still singing in the choir. Some professional meeting which he had to attend conflicted with our Oxford Weekend.

Harold W. Mann, then Instructor of Social Studies, and

February 8, 2011

Dr. Prince was my dentist since the 1970's. I have always admired him for his compassion, skill and genuine warmth. I'm sorry for your loss. Barbara Burns

Bob Kokoszka

February 6, 2011

Dear Reba & family. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Dr. Joe. He was the epitome of a professional,a gentleman and a friend. I think about him frequently and I join all of you in your sorrow.Bob Kokoszka, his patient since 1968.

Carolyn Wilkes

February 5, 2011

Reba, Michael, Stacy and grandchildren...
For many years, your husband, Dad, & grandfather was our family dentist...always kind & wonderfully skillful. But the sweetest thanksgiving is for his love for Jesus Christ and love for his family!(I have been praying and will continue...because your husband, Dad & grandfather IS also "my brother in Christ."

Judy Bailey

February 4, 2011

Words cannot express the sadness when I learned Dr. Prince had left us. He was my dentist from the 1960's until his sickness took him away. He was a wonderful, humorous, caring individual who always made you feel special. I am looking forward to seeing him again one day. My deepest sympathy, Reba, to you and your family.

Blake Hamilton

February 4, 2011

There are no words to express how deeply my heart broke when I got the news your dad passed away. My family is praying for yours.

February 4, 2011

Reba and family, thank you for sharing Joe with us all of these years. What a precious friend. How awesome to be remembered for kindness, caring, laughter and a true man of God. Elaine Johnson

Cathy Culbertson

February 4, 2011

Reba, I just viewed the beautiful family pictures. May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Joe was a great Sunday School Teacher and a wonderful man. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

Phyllis Parker

February 3, 2011

Although visiting the dentist was my least favorite thing, "Coach Tooth" would always show the reassurance and compassion that we all needed. My first visit was in 1969 and I remember his walking in and giving me a pat on the shoulder which helped to put my nerves as ease. During a few of the appointments, his stomach would growl and we would laugh. I would ask him if he needed to eat breakfast. It was absolutely contagious that he had such a great sense of humor. What a wonderful individual that left such a positive legacy for us all. God bless your family In celebration of his life. Much love to you all. Phyllis Parker

Chuck & Terry Williamson

February 3, 2011

You have our sympathies and our prayers, Reba, Stacy, & Michael. We will always remember what a great Sunday School teacher Joe was, and a truly caring, personable, and likable character.