Mrs. Mel Denise Prince, also known as ‘Penny’ was born November 2, 1957, in Marion, Alabama to Bertha L. Young and Peter S. Jones. She graduated from Francis Marion High School in 1975. She continued her education at The Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, AL in 1979 with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Mel accepted Christ at a young age while attending Berean Baptist Church, Marion, AL. She was currently a member and Deaconess of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville Alabama, under the leadership of Pastor Fred A. Gray.
Mel leaves to cherish her memories: an exceptionally devoted and loving husband of 23 years, Willie Lee Prince, also known as Beama (Prattville, AL), the two were married on April 22nd, 2000, in Selma, AL; children: Nicholas J. Mabien; Malcolm S. (Cassel) Mabien; Stepchildren Laketa N. (Carl) Ross, Kendrick D. Robinson, and Javarrius Dudley; Siblings Pamela C. Underwood and Hampton L. (Beverly) Underwood - Prattville, AL, Rev. Burt L. (Tonya) Parker - Huntsville, AL; Sarah Glass, James Walker, Minnie (Donelte) Walker, John Walker, Peter (Angenell) Jones, Alvin (Leah) Jones, Tammy (Adrian) Miller, Lettie Ellis, Suzanne (Darrin) Miller, Khadijah (Nasheed) Shabazil, Petro (Marie) Johnson, Elaine (Willie) Jones, Chris Miles, Kimberly Payton, Shaunda Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Me'Oshee (Marvin) King, and Gabrielle Smith; grandchildren Ma'kayla Mabien and Marcel Mabien, and 5 other step grandchildren; best friend since 1975 Yvonne F. McKinnon; mother-in-law Doris Thigpen; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mel was preceded in death by her mother Bertha L. Young, her father Peter S. Jones, and a very special sister-in-law Juanita Thrash.
Now, if you knew Mel, you know that she was straightforward. In other words, don't ask if you don't want to know the truth. She was devoted to God and her family. Mel also found great joy in her career, as the Executive Director of Selma Air. She was very passionate about her work and the welfare of her clients. In her free time, she loved to spend time with her husband, sister, and family. She loved sports dearly, but
football, "Go Bull Dogs" and "Roll Tide" were her favorite.