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SFC Joe Elbert Prince Sr., U.S. Army Retired, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022 surrounded by his family.
Joe was born July 11, 1958, in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Joe was the 3rd son of James H. Prince and Gertrude (Kemp) Prince. His list of Army career began at Ft. Dix (New Jersey) for basic training, Infantry AIT at Ft. Polk (Louisiana), Fort Stewart (Georgia) 24th Infantry Division, Republic of Korea 2nd ID, Fort Carson (Colorado) 4th ID, Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Fort Jackson (South Carolina) 82nd Airborne, Republic of Korea 2nd ID, Fort Benning (Georgia) and Fort McPherson (Georgia). Joe Prince was enlisted from 1975 to 2000. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal (Granada), 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeant, Canadian/Egyptian/Sudanese Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Badges.
After retiring, he returned to Metter, GA where he worked at the Chevrolet Dealership, Excelsior Electric, Bulloch County Sherriff’s department and Plant Hatch. He is preceded in death by his father, James Homer Prince, Jr.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce T. Prince; a son, Joe Elbert Prince, Jr; a daughter, MSgt. Savannah Jones (USAF), his son in law, TSgt. Jason Jones (USAF); his step children, Savannah Gibbs, ILT Paige and Kevin Campbell (USAR); grandchildren Joanna and Allison Jones; his mother, Gertrude Kemp Prince; and brothers and their wives, James Homer III & Anne Prince, and John Stanley & Shelley Prince.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 10- 11 a.m. at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel.
The funeral Service will be Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel with Pastor Brian Durden.
Interment will be in Lake Cemetery.
In lieu of the flowers, the family requests donations to Army Aviation Heritage Foundation: 506 Speedway Blvd, Hampton, GA 30228.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.