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Community, ministry leader, daughter of poultry pioneer dies at 84

POSTED: May 7, 2014 12:22 a.m.

Patricia Ann Jewell Prince, a daughter of poultry pioneer Jesse Jewell, has died after a battle against cancer. She was 84.

Prince died Sunday at home, surrounded by family, after spending the last week of her life under hospice care according to her obituary.

Homer Myers, who lives in South Hall County and wrote a book about Jesse Jewell, “Pass the Chicken Please, the Life and Times of Jesse Jewell” described Prince as “a strong woman.”

“I came to know Pat really well when I was interviewing her while working on the book,” he said.

“(She) and her husband are people of faith. I really admire her.

“She really kept the family together, especially after her father’s stroke,” Myers said.

Jesse Jewell was the first to market “cut-up frozen chicken” in attractive retail packaging. He is often referred to as the father of the modern broiler industry in Georgia and led the trend toward the integrated poultry industry where all facets of production were controlled by the processing company, which contracted with farmers.

His daughter attended Gainesville High School and Brenau College and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1951 with a B.A. degree in drama.

While attending UNC, she and her future husband, Jack Alexander Prince of Kings Mountain, N.C., met while trying out for a student musical production. They were personally introduced by Oscar Hammerstein’s son, Jim, a classmate of Mrs. Prince. In 1951, she and Jack married and later made their home in Gainesville.

In her early years of marriage, Prince was active in a number of community organizations including the Junior League.

For the past 50 years, her life was dedicated to Christian ministry and service. She has been state president of Women’s Aglow and was a leader in Faith at Work, Faith Alive, Lay Witness Missions, and Camps Farthest Out.

Starting in the mid-1960s, she was for many years director of the Bethel Choir, a gospel choir that performed throughout the Southeast. An outreach ministry of Bethel Church of the Nazarene, the choir was composed of young people from the south side of Gainesville, especially from the Atlanta Street area.

For many years, she was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville. After purchasing a cabin in White County, she and her husband became founding members of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Sautee, where she served as an adult Sunday school teacher and as Senior Warden of the congregation during the construction of the new church building.

Prince was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Anna Lou Jewell, and by her sister, Barbara Jewell Asmussen.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Prince, daughter Debby Prince Kroll and husband, Bob, daughter Becky Burnette, son Jesse Prince and wife, Dorothy, and sister Jay W. MacIntosh and husband, Steve Orlandella.

She also is survived by five grandchildren: Jess Prince and wife, Kerri, Bailey Prince Tomes and husband, Justin, William (Trey) Burnette III and wife, Jessica, Katie Kroll Holloway and husband, Joshua, and Blair Burnette; and four great-grandchildren, Ellie and Alex Prince, Alice Tomes, and Benjamin Holloway.

Visitation will be today from 4-7 p.m. at Little and Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Duncan Bridge Road (Ga. 384) in Sautee. Interment will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veterans and Community Outreach Foundation, P.O. Box 3115, Gainesville, GA 30501.


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