William Oliver (W.O.) Prince

William Oliver (W.O.) Prince, 85, of Biscoe, entered the gates of Heaven on January 9, 2023. W.O. was born on November 14, 1937 in Monroe County, Arkansas. He was the 6th child born in the family of Ben and Mary Prince. He married his wife, Patricia Clark on December 20, 1959. They were married 63 years.

W.O. spent his entire life fishing on the Cache river.  He would even get off the school bus and head to the water.  His love for fishing only grew over the years.  He worked on the Mississippi River as a deck hand on a tow boat and he spent some years farming the Cache River bottoms, but it didn’t take long for him to turn his life-long love for fishing into a career.  He also loved to hunt and trap; he was very competitive and also a skilled sharpshooter.  W.O. would dive for mussel shells in the bottom of the river and capture giant alligator snapping turtles with his bare hands.

He was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Biscoe. W.O. loved his church family as his own.  He made many friends by feeding them catfish at his Riverfront Restaurant.  He would capture your heart with his infectious smile.

W.O. spent his last days near a window overlooking the Cache River among family at his home in Brasfield.

W.O. was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Mary Love Prince; brothers and sisters, James Louis Prince, Geraldine Prince (Raymond Allsup), J.B. Prince, Betty Sue Prince (David Stringfellow), Billy Ray Prince and one son, Victor Prince; brother-in-laws, Billy Joe Holloway and Billy Lynn White. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Clark Prince; daughter, Connie Prince Mertens and husband, Terry; sisters, Mary Virginia Prince Holloway and Rosie Lee Prince White; brother, Jack Prince and wife, Carolyn; sister-in-laws, Carolyn Gurley Prince and Lucille Williams Prince; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the Biscoe First Baptist Church in Biscoe with interment in the Biscoe Cemetery.

18 thoughts on “William Oliver (W.O.) Prince”

  1. Frankie Willeford

    So sorry to hear about W. O. He always spoke and had that grin. Prayers for all. Frankie and Bobby Willeford.

  2. David Keith Stringfellow

    Prayers for the family. R.I.P uncle W.O. I bet those river bottoms sure look different from up high on that mountain. Save me a spot.

  3. So sorry for your loss. He was a special man and always had that infectious smile. Prayers for you all

  4. Mr W.O. was a great man. He always had a great smile on his face. He will be missed. Prayers for your family. Love, Glen & Cindy Overturf

  5. I imagine WO and Ray, my brother sitting on the bank of the River of Life.
    So sorry for the family but happy for WO!
    Love and prayers
    Linda Hall

  6. To Pasty, Connie , our hearts goes out to y’all. We were so sorry to hear this news. We sure did think a lot of WO. Prayers being sent. I am sorry we can’t be at the funeral, sending our love to all.
    Sincerely Teddy and Mary Drysdale

  7. So very sorry for your loss!Uncle O was one of a kind! He did have a beautiful smile and a heart of gold! Sending hugs and prayers for all of his family!I love you all!

  8. R.I.P uncle O. Thanks for letting baby me sit in my car seat on the freezer and smell fish all day lol. Seriously though. This man was one of a kind. See ya later O.

  9. I’ve known (and loved) W.O, for almost all my 83 years. Worked alongside him in the cotton fields, fished with him on Cache River for hundreds of hours, and roamed Cache River bottoms with him countlesss times. He was a wonderfull friend and fisherman. I will never forget his kindness to me – and others. Watch him in the short video on You Tube: “Seining On the Bayou”. Along with Jack, J.B., Bob Cook and my Dad, Oliver Sayger. Jan 1, 1964,

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