Preston O. Prince
Preston O. Prince, 84, of Orange, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
Born March 1, 1930 in Orange, to his Rillius Earl Prince, Sr. and Margaret (Harper) Prince, he was a lifelong resident of Orange. He was a teacher, coach and assistant principal for the Little Cypress – Mauriceville School District. Preston attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree; he then later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Preston was also a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange and he was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity. Preston was a great husband, father, grandfather and brother who enjoyed fishing, boxing, coaching and hunting. He was a Golden Gloves Champion in the Featherweight Division as a young man. Preston will be remembered for the students he mentored throughout his career and for his ability to motivate others.
Preston is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Tracey Drew; and his brothers, R. E. Prince, Jr. and David “Monk” Prince.
Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Mary Prince of Orange; daughters, Janell Dischler and husband, Ron of Orange and Trisha Beaudry and husband, George of Fort Worth; sisters, Betty Nell Futch and husband, Roger of Orange and Addie Futch and husband, Donnie of Vinton; former son in law, Charles Phillip Drew, Sr. of Mansfield, La; grandchildren, Charles Phillip Drew, Jr., Clay Aaron Drew, Brooke Credeur, Whitney Holcomb, Craig Leger, Erin Beaudry, Alex Beaudry and Chase Beaudry. Preston is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Funeral services to honor his life will take place at a Mass of the Resurrection at 2:00 P.M. Monday, Aug. 4, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange, with Father Thomas E. Phelan, serving as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Entombment will follow the mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Orange.
A gathering of Preston’s family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Sunday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, with a rosary service to be held on Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Honoring Preston as pallbearers are Chase Beaudry, Craig Leger, Phil Drew, Clay Drew, Bobby Credeur and Michael Holcomb. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.