LaCorinia Prince was born April 3,1924 and departed this life August 16,2023 at the age of 99. She was the youngest of three daughters born to John and Leona Nelson-Byers in Akron Ohio. Shortly after graduating from high school, she became employed by Goodyear Aerospace during World War 2 as the first black female riveter of newly built fighter planes. After the war ended, she married Robert Benson Prince and it was through that union that six children were born - Cheryl, Gwendolyn, (Gwen), Karen, Robert N., Anthony J. (Tony), and Victor B..
When her children were old enough for her to work again, she first went to school to learn how to sell real estate and although she became licensed, she decided not to make a career of it. After the real estate job, she worked retail at Polskys in downtown Akron, then Krogers on Case Ave and Barberton where she became the first black head cashier in this area, retiring from there after 22 years.
LaCorinia became a member of Antioch Baptist Church as a teenager and remained an active member for over 70 years. During that time she served in various positions including Director of Christian Education, Superintendent of Sunday school, Youth and Teen Sunday School teacher, Adult Sunday School teacher, Bible Study teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Children's Church Ministry, and the Missions Ministry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Leona Nelson-Byers, husband Robert B.
Prince, (Sisters) Gertrude Cox and Florabelle Hamilton, (Daughter): Karen E. Stephenson, (Son) - Robert N. Prince, and (Daughter) Gwendolyn F. Johnson.
Left to mourn her passing includes her (Daughter) Cheryl (David) Hood, (Sons) Anthony J.
Prince, Victor B. (Ruth) Prince, (19) Grandchildren, (48) Great grandchildren, and (35) Great-Great grandchildren, only (Niece), Delores Annette Bragg, and a host of cousins, extended family members and friends.
Her favorite pastimes included Scrabble, Jeopardy, and any challenging puzzle. She liked sewing and made many of her own outfits complete with the needed accessories which included making beautiful hats and jewelry she had designed. She enjoyed cooking family holiday meals and coming together or going out for special occasions.
LaCorinia had a big heart and a personality that often expressed her affectionate quick-witted humor and unconditional love. Her love and care for others was genuine. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to help anyone she could any way she could. She was truly the Prince family matriarch and rock no matter what was going on in her personal life. She will be truly missed, never forgotten, and never replaced.
Condolences may be sent to the Prince Family at 1280 Harmon Ave, Akron, OH 44306