Obituary for Dr. Robert L Prince Jr.

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Dr. Robert L Prince Jr.

July 22, 1930 - October 16, 2019

Dr. Robert L. Prince, Jr. was born on July 22, 1930, in Dallas, Texas, at Pinkston Clinic on Thomas Avenue at Hall Street. He was a true descendant of Old North Dallas-Freedman’s Town and referred to himself as a Depression Baby. He passed away peacefully on October 16, 2019.

Robert graduated from Darrell Elementary School as valedictorian in 1943; and in 1946, he graduated from Booker T. Washington (Arts Magnet) High School with honors.

Robert was the son of Robert and Morita Williams Prince. His great-grandparents had been emancipated from a Bear Creek Plantation near Irving, TX, after June 19th, 1865. They lived until after his birth. The stories that he heard from relatives who had survived slavery, and the early days of Reconstruction in Dallas, enhanced his interest in Dallas’ history. In 1994, he wrote a book, “A History of Dallas from a Different Perspective”.

Dr. Prince received the B.S. in chemistry from Wiley College, the M.S. in organic chemistry from Texas Southern University, and the Doctor of Medicine from Meharry Medical College. He did post graduate studies in biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, before his studies were interrupted by the Korean War. He was drafted into the United States Army, and chose to serve as an enlisted man. Robert served in North Korea with the 27th (Wolfhound) regiment of the 25th Div. He was awarded the combat infantryman’s badge and other citations.

Dr. Prince began his medical practice in Dallas in 1964 where he joined the medical clinic of Drs. George Shelton and Emmett Conrad. In 1970, he became a partner in the OB & GYN Practice of Drs. Dudley Powell and Myron H. Watkins. He remained in an active practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology until 2000.

His many awards include: Meharry Medical College President’s Award; Certificate of Appreciation, Dallas County Child Welfare Board; Greater Dallas Coalition for Reproductive Freedom; Medical Staff of St. Paul Medical Center; recognition by Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. as their African American speaker; Eclipse Magazine Award 2007 Healing Hands Award; The Lewis W. Mondy Award from the Texas Family Planning Association; and Griggs Park Award for preserving the African American History, the park’s namesake, Rev. A. R. Griggs, and the lifelong President of the McShann Estates Association.

Dr. Prince was a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology, certified by the American Board of OB-GYN, and the first African-American inducted into the Texas Association of Ob-Gyn. He was a member of the staffs of St. Paul, Medical Arts and Presbyterian Hospitals. He was also a clinical professor of Ob-Gyn at The University of Texas Southwest. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Alumni and The Morgagni Society (Pathology) at Meharry College. While at Meharry Medical College, he received the Lederle Award in pathology and was a member of the Morgagni Society.

Dr. Prince served on numerous civic boards and volunteered his services to various Planned Parenthood clinics, while serving on the Board of Planned Parenthood. He was adamantly devoted to the protection of women’s reproductive rights. Dr. Prince was also committed to improving health in underserved and impoverished areas. He was the first African-American appointed to a Dallas County Board. Dr. Prince was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Boule’.

His parents and sister, Dr. J. Elaine Lockley, preceded him in death. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jimmie, and children, Robert Prince, III, Michael Prince, Marilyn Prince-Watts (David, Sr.), Yvonne Prince, and Daryl Dempsey (Donna); grandchildren, Jessica Watts, David Watts, Jr., Walter Watts, Kyla Prince, Sydney Watts, Corwin Dempsey, and David Dempsey; nephew Geoffrey Lockley; and, cousins Willie Rowen and Gregory Ford.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, please send donations In memory of Dr. Prince to the African American Museum at Fair Park, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210.


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Home


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216

Service Information

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Hamilton Park United Methodist Church


11881 Schroeder Road
Dallas, TX 75243

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Born: July 22, 1930
Died: October 16, 2019

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Deneyce Adkins posted on 11/12/19

Jimmie my sincere condolences to you and your family. It was a joy to work with Dr.Prince at Women's Clinic he was such a funny man.


Ava Kamaria posted on 10/30/19

My heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. Prince. Dallas has lost a true hero and great contributor to the community. I had the distinct honor and privilege to conduct an after school program at Revechon Recreational Center about Freedman Town. We invited Dr. Prince to take part in the dedication of the wall hanging the children constructed. It was such a joyful time. I am sure those children, who are now college age, and young working adults remember that day. I still use his book as a reference aid in instruction. He will be greatly missed, but his inspiration will continue long into the future.


Virgie Jackson posted on 10/28/19

To the family, you have my deepest sympathy and empathy for the home going of your husband, father and friend.


Sandra Robinson posted on 10/27/19

Sending my condolences to this family. Thank you Dr. Prince for being my doctor during the birth of my first daughter, who was born in 1982. Rest in peace! ⚘


kim jones-fearing posted on 10/27/19

You have our deepest sympathy. Our family has the utmost respect for Dr. Prince as he worked with our father At the Oakland Medical Group for many years. His calm and eloquent presence was always an inspiration to us and we are very sad to hear of his passing. Kim Jones-Fearing, MD and family


Linda Phillips Pinson posted on 10/27/19

Dr Prince delivered two of my babies at St Paul Hospital,an excellent doctor...his father also taught me at LHS Dallas... RIP... Family you are in my prayers 😍


Cynthia Bell-Gray posted on 10/26/19

My condolences to the family in your time of beaurevment. Dr. Prince was an awesome man as well as, a great Doctor. He delivered my first two children at St. Paul hospital. I remember when i was in labor with my first daughter, he came in the room, it was an important game coming on he told me now lets get this done so i want miss kickoff. He was alway making you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. You know. Rest in Heaven Dr. Prince. Job well done. Good and faithful servant.


Yolanda Odom posted on 10/26/19

My condolences to the family. Dr. Prince delivered my oldest daughter and he will be deeply missed.🙏🏾🙏🏾


Debbie Albert-stewart posted on 10/26/19

His love and compassion for his community will never be surpassed.


Shawna D Nesbitt posted on 10/25/19

My deepest condolences to the Prince family. What a true treasure Dr Prince was to the community. My prayers are with you all. Dr Shawna Nesbitt


Rosie Fayson posted on 10/25/19

RIP🌹Dr. Prince. He was my doctor and delivered my son 46 years ago...🙏🏽🙏🏽 for his family and dearest friends.


Deborah Nolly posted on 10/25/19

In loving memory of Dr. Robert Prince Jr., my friend and former boss at The Oakland Medical Group. I can still see his unforgettable smile after he delivered my son almost 50 years ago. My heartfelt condolences to the Prince family. Deborah Walton Nolly ( daughter of Ruth Ella Walton the Group's Receptionist) Also My condolences to the family of Dr. Robert Prince, Jr.. Ms. Johnnie Fore


Michael and Brenda Thompson posted on 10/25/19

My sincere condolences to the Prince family for the loss of their father, grandfather, husband and friend. He will surely be missed. Michael and Brenda Thompson


Stephanie W. Taylor posted on 10/25/19

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and condolences to your families. I know you will miss him dearly.


Lawrence McKinney posted on 10/25/19

Condolences to entire Prince and Dempsey families!


The Christian Family posted on 10/25/19

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Adeline M Brown posted on 10/25/19

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Adeline M Brown posted on 10/25/19

Please know your family is in my prayers.May God give you strength and bless you with his peace as you morn the lost of Dr. Prince. Thank you for your friendship to our family. Adeline Madere Brown


Vera Moore posted on 10/23/19

To the Prince family, Dr. Prince work on this earth is done he was a faithful servant. Thank you for a safe delivery of our son William Allen Moore age 36 & ‘Elan E.S. Moore age 35. Vera Moore & Dr.Yondell E. Moore


Marye L. Thomas, MD posted on 10/23/19

Heartfelt condolences to your family.


Sheila Hendrix posted on 10/22/19

In loving memory of a wonderful person who was a husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend… Dr. Robert L. Prince, Jr. My deep and heartfelt condolences goes out to the entire Prince’s family. Whereas, grief can be so hard, just remember our special memories will help us cope. Your truly…Cedar Crest Neighborhood Association, Phillip Gipson, President.


Dr .Robert Glick posted on 10/22/19

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BARBARA JONES posted on 10/20/19