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Anthony Prince

April 7, 1948 ~ April 4, 2022 (age 73)

Life Story

Mr. Anthony Prince was born on April 7, 1948 to Malcolm and Charlotte Prince in New York City. From this union, three children were born.  Anthony was educated in the New York City School System. In 1968 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving as a cook and gun bunny from 1969 – 1970 in Vietnam. In 1974 Anthony was honorably discharged.  He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. After serving six years in the Army, Anthony worked as a cook for twenty years.

In 1989, Anthony appeared at the Supper Club in New York City singing, “I’ve Got The World On A String”. In 1990, he assisted the 81st Precinct Police Department intervene in a crack house shutdown case in Brooklyn, NY. In 1993, Anthony started Group of Alcoholics Anonymous in Jamacia, NY.  In 1994, he appeared at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY singing, “If I Can Help Somebody”. In 1996, he had a dual role as Coach and Bartender part in the play, “It’s Never Too Late, Baby” at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.

Anthony had many gifts and talents, and one was his love for writing. His favorite saying, “It’s Not Where You Start – It’s Where You Finish”. Ecclesiastes 9:11 “The race is not given to the swift, but he who endures to the end”.

In 2007, while in Brooklyn, NY, God connected Anthony to the love of his life, Ms. Alma Brewer of Grand Rapids, MI. They communicated through phone calls, cards and letters. In 2009, Anthony moved to Grand Rapids, MI and joined Lighthouse Full Life Center Church under the leadership of Pastor Marvin Sapp. On September 8, 2009 Anthony and Alma were united in Holy Matrimony by Pastor Marvin Sapp.

In 2015, God gave Anthony’s stepson, Aaron Brewer, a vision to beautify and landscape Lighthouse church campus. During 2015-2018 Anthony and Alma worked with Aaron to complete the vision of the ministry, and in 2018 the vision landscape was completed and their season at Lighthouse was completed. In 2018, Anthony and Alma attended Unison Christian Church under the leadership of Pastor Chase Stancle until COVID forced all churches to close.

Mr. Prince was a devoted husband and father, a wonderful grandfather, and a caring friend. In the years Anthony lived in Grand Rapids, he influenced many people’s lives in the church and community as they had influenced his.  He loved the Grand Rapids Symphony, theater plays, singing, dancing, music, jazz, couple’s outings, landscaping with his beloved wife and stepson, church gathering, laughter, being around people, and one of Anthony’s passions was helping people. He was a committed Christian, and loving man of God who gave unselfishly to help others. Even during his illness, he never burdened anyone with his pain, rather he expressed his faith and trust in the Lord, and accepted God’s invitation to join His heavenly kingdom.

Mr. Prince departed this life on April 4, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcom and Charlotte Prince. He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Alma Brewer-Prince of Caledonia, MI; his sister, Lorraine Jordan of Bronx, NY; his brother, Malik Ali Prince of Astoria, NY; his daughter, Tasha Graham of West Hempstead, NY; his granddaughter, Tyra Levell of Raleigh, NC; his grandson, Toemars Levell, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; his stepson, Aaron Brewer of Wyoming, MI and many cousins and friends that became family; and Unison Christian Church Family.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
April 12, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Unison Christian Church
2010 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Celebration of Life
Tuesday
April 12, 2022

11:00 AM
Unison Christian Church
2010 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

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