Lucile Pecola (Winn) Prince

July 26, 1932 ~ October 1, 2020 (age 88)


Affectionately known as “Mother Prince”

Mother Lucile Winn Prince, the daughter of the late James and Patsy Lucile Moses Winn, died at the home on October 1, 2020.   She was preceded in death by a loving husband Othealor W. Prince, Sr, and a brother, James Winn.  Mrs. Lucile Prince was born on July 26, 1932, and was reared in Mayesville, South Carolina, Sumter County. 

Mrs. Prince was a 1950 Honor graduate of the historically Black Mayesville Institute School where she received special honors for sportsmanship and leadership as the captain of the girls’ basketball team known as the Mayesville Eagles.

Mrs. Prince was united in marriage to the late Othealor Wendell Prince, Sr. in 1956, and from this union three children were born: Othealor Wendell Prince, Jr., Tamara Lita Prince-Davis (Walter), and Deirdre Jerell Prince-Butler (Tony-Deceased).   Mother Prince later adopted Bishop Jeffery Johnson as her son and Pastor and Minister Cynthia Johnson as one of her daughters.  Mrs. Prince is the grandmother of eight grandchildren:  Othealor W. Prince, III., Melody J. Prince, Alvin Z. Myers, Jr., Jaime Myers Raynor (Vincent), Darren L. Myers (Victoria), Joshua Jett (Alanah), and Diamond Jett, Tony Butler Jr., and Tonell Butler (deceased).  She is the great-great-grandmother of 7 great-grandchildren and the mother of countless children who experienced her love.

Mrs. Prince, while self-employed as a hairdresser, attended Morris College where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1955.

Mrs. Prince began teaching at Mayesville Elementary School, Sumter County School District #2 in 1963, becoming a certified reading teaching and a pioneer in the Chapter 1 Reading Program where she taught the language arts, including phonetics and penmanship until her initial retirement in 1992.  She was well known among her peers for her calligraphy and excellence in grammar and speech.

Mother Prince naturally couldn’t stay retired. She continued to contribute and to serve in the field of education as a substitute teacher and later as an Adult Education Literacy teacher at the Sumter, Lee Adult Education Center – totaling 51 years of service before her final retirement just after her 80th Birthday in 2012.  Every child that Mother Lucile Prince invested in, encouraged, poured into, and inspired became her child for life.  

Mother Prince served quietly and humbly without many accolades, or much fanfare or praise until The Honorable Mayor Joseph T. McElveen, Jr., Mayor of the City of Sumter, at her 80th Birthday Party, proclaimed July 26, 2012 as “LUCILE WINN PRINCE DAY” in the CITY OF SUMTER and awarded her the key to the city.

And Mother Prince was recognized again by The Honorable Representative J. David  Weeks at The 2015 FESTIVAL ON THE AVENUE where he presented her with THE LEGACY AWARD in appreciation and recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Community and 51 years of Teaching in the Public Schools of South Carolina.

Mother Is A Born-Again Child of YHVH Having Repented and Having Been Baptized In the Name of the Lord Christ Jesus and Gifted By YHVH With The Promised Gift of The Holy Spirit.   She is a longtime friend, member, and Honored Mother of Faith Deliverance Temple Church where she found the LOVE of GOD dwelling in the shepherding Personality of Bishop Jeffery Johnson.

Mother Lucile Prince leaves a rich legacy of public service to the State and citizens of South and Carolina, and to her family and friends, and fellow Saints.

She Also Leaves A Rich Legacy of Love Through Sacrifice and Service with Everyone Who Knew Her.  

On October 1, 2020, at approximately 10:34 p.m. while in the embrace of her son, The SOVEREIGN YHVH presented Mother Lucile Prince with a crown of righteousness and eternal citizenship in the KINGDOM of GOD.

For It Is Written, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.” Luke 20:38

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 2:00 pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Jeffery Johnson officiating.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

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October 7, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Funeral Service
October 8, 2020

2:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
October 8, 2020

Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery
802 N Guignard Drive
Sumter, SC 29150

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