WILMINGTON - Dr. George E. Prince, Pediatrician, 92, of Plantation Village, Wilmington, NC, formerly of Gastonia, NC, died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Cape Fear Hospital, Wilmington, NC following a fall late Saturday evening.
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Dr. Prince, the son of the late Hugh Williamson and Helen Hood Prince, was born November 25, 1921 in Er-win, NC and raised in Dunn, NC. He was preceded in death by his brother, Hugh Williamson Prince, Jr. and sister, Ida Prince Nelson.
Dr. Prince retired from private pediatrics in 1986 and from public health practice in January 1998. This was af-ter 51 years of practicing medicine in Gaston County. He entered Duke University at the age of 16 years and graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1944, he interned in Pediatrics at The Children's Hospi-tal, Harvard Pediatric Service Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Dr. Prince served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force and Chief of Pediatrics for the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Mitchell Field in New York.
Moving to Gastonia in 1947, he was the only pediatrician in Gaston County for 6 years until 1953 when he was joined by Dr. Charles Lahser to form The Children's Clinic. He constantly gave in abundance of his time and talents both as a state and community leader. In addition, he researched and published over 20 medical papers and articles combining his interest in clinical research with private office practice. His State contributions and leadership roles included: Past President of the N.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Past Presi-dent, and Honorary Member of the N.C. Pediatric Society and N.C. Coordinator of Pediatric Research in an Of-fice Setting. (PROS)
Local Gaston County contributions include: Founder of The Children's Clinic, Medical Director of Gaston County Health Department, an Organizer of Carolina State Bank (CSB) (1969) and Chairman of the Board of Carolina State Bank in 1972 and served on the Board of Directors for Southern national Bank after the purchase of CSB. An Organizer and a Director of AIDS Council for Gaston County, Past President Rotary Club, Past Chief of Staff at Gaston memorial and Garrison Hospitals, Vice President Hospice, School Health Advisor Council, Board Member Gaston County Speech and Hearing Center, Board of Gaston County Heart Society, Board of Schiele Museum, Board of Family Service, Board of Gaston County Country Club, Member of First United Methodist Church and the Masons.
From his service for so many organizations, he received a variety of awards including the W.L. Balthis Award from the Heart Association for his help in obtaining cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in the Gaston County Public Schools, Citation of Good Service from PROS, Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, Good Ambassador and Good Samaritan Awards from Gaston County Health Department, and an Outstanding Physicians Award from the N.C. Public Health Association. His bibliographical sketch is contained in several Marquis Publications including "Who's Who in America."
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Millie Elizabeth Mann Prince; four daughters: Helen Elizabeth Prince of Wilmington, NC, Millie Prince Williams of Wilmington, NC, Susan Prince Powell ( Mrs. Kenneth R. Powell) of Wilson, NC and Mary Prince Munn (Mrs. Charles H. Munn, Jr.) of Wrightsville Beach. NC; two granddaughters: Beth Powell Broyles (Mrs. Jonathan C Broyles) of Raleigh, N.C. and Mrs. Kathryn Powell Barwick (Dr. Jeffery Barwick) of Washington, NC; four great grandchildren: Jonathan Charles Broyles, Jr., Anna Kathryn Broyles, Georgia Hayes Barwick and Latham McCord Barwick; three sisters: Helen Prince Rice of Lake Junaluska, Dr. Rosalie Prince Gates of Roxboro and Alice Prince Osteen (Mrs. Ed P Osteen) of Durham, NC; one brother: David R. Prince of Banner Elk, NC
A graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Cemetery in Dunn with the Revs. Ed Osteen and Powell Osteen officiating.
Family will receive friends at the Divine Street United Methodist Church following the service.
There will be a memorial service in Wilmington at a later date.
The family requests memorials may be made to the N.C. Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 4909 Waters Edge Dr. Suite 152, Raleigh, NC 27606 / N.C. Pediatric Society (Raleigh) or to The First United Methodist Church in Gas-tonia, N.C.
Arrangements by: Skinner & Smith Funeral Home of Dunn, NC.
For online condolences please send to: www.skinnerandsmith.com
Skinner & Smith Funeral Home, Inc.
905 Erwin Rd. Dunn, NC 28334
Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 28, 2013