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.