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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights St, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

Jesse Donald Prince

November 8, 1922October 6, 2019
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Jesse Donald Prince, 96, of Hot Springs, a member of the greatest generation, passed away October 6, 2019. Born to the late Albert and Augusta McCowan Prince in DeRoche, Arkansas, his father moved them to Long Beach, California at the height of the Great Depression. The family came back to Arkansas in time for Jesse to finish his school years at Manila High School.

After high school, Jesse travelled between Tennessee, Arkansas, and California. After the outbreak of World War II, Jesse joined the Navy serving on the USS Lawrence in the Pacific.

Shortly after his return stateside, he met the love of his life, Alma Jean Shuffield, on a double date- set up by his sister, Mildred. Jesse and Jean were married on October 12, 1946. For nearly 73 years they shared family, faith, and friendship.

Jesse graduated from Little Rock Junior College before beginning his retail career with M.M. Cohn. He left M.M. Cohn to work for Dillard’s. He retired from Dillard's after 34 years of service.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Jean Prince; his son, Stanley Prince; his daughter-in-law, Dorcas Prince; and his sister, Mildred Pilcher.

Jesse taught his son, Stanley Prince, the importance of taking life by the handlebars and enjoying the ride. He lived and loved every moment. As Ernest Hemingway observed, “Every man’s life ends the same way. It’s only the details of how he lived …that distinguish one man from another.”

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Billie Ratcliff

October 15, 2019

Years ago, my Dad, Bill Crace, worked in the Maintenance Department of Dillard's doing electrical work. He introduced me to Mr. Prince to help me with furniture, etc. I thought he was the kindest man, and he treated my Dad with such respect and dignity. I lost Dad several years ago, but when I saw Mr. Prince's obituary, I was moved to write this note. I had no idea whatever happened to him, but I certainly remember him with all good memories. A gentleman's gentleman. I'm sure he's dancing on the golden streets of Heaven. God bless the family in its' loss. Billie (Crace) Ratcliff

Pamela Luther

October 8, 2019

I have wonderful memories of all of the Prince family from our time as neighbors on Lamont Drive (so long ago!). Mr. Prince was a gentleman in every sense of the word. It has been a blessing to know him. I’m thankful for his long life and so many happy years with Jean.
Prayers for your peace and comfort.

Love,
Pamela Kelly Luther

julie fox-blankenship

October 8, 2019

sadly, I read the beautiful obituary for mr. prince. Please accept my condolences for your loss, sending prayers for the family! words will not change how you feel but I know that you will be ok because of your love and attention given to your loving parents. Be strong and press on!

Deborah Phillips-Carroll

October 8, 2019

Mr Prince was one of the great dads in our neighborhood and we always felt safe knowing he was in their house on the hill. Prayers for peace and strength for Mrs. Prince, Stanley and his family in the days ahead. So glad you had so much time to share his life. God be with you all. Deborah (Miller) from Lamont Drive.

Nancy holody Holyfield

October 8, 2019

Stanley, Jean and Dorcas....so much love for you all. Jessie was a true gentleman and will be missed. Big hug to Jean.

Cathy Dingler

October 8, 2019

Jesse always wore that sweet smile when we enjoyed times with him and Jean at family get-togethers. He always made me feel that he was glad to see me, as I am sure he did everyone.

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