Surrounded by family, Albert died peacefully in his home on October 16, 2021, in Bakersfield, California. Albert Ricardo Prince, also affectionately known as “Al”, was born June 14, 1956 in Long Island, NY. His parents were the late Caesar Napoleon Prince and Mary Ruth Prince. He was the second born child. During his early childhood he lived in many cities due to his father being in the Air Force. This included a stay in Bitburg, Germany which he often spoke of fond memories of playing in the snow and learning the native language. When he was 12 years old, his mother, Mary passed away causing the family to move to Sumter, SC, his father’s hometown. In Sumter, he attended the local schools and graduated from Sumter High in 1974. He went on to graduate from Morris College with a degree in Business Administration. He would often mention that he finished in 3 years and 2 summers. In the early 1980s, after graduating Morris, he decided to venture out to Bakersfield, CA. In 1986 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, he met the love of his life Brenda Toliver, and her two children, Marvin and Jennifer. On February 20, 1988, the two would marry and from that union four children were born; Elyse, Alan, Spenser and Sebastian. During his time in Bakersfield, Albert was an accomplished businessman. In 1988, he founded Prince Insurance Agency and operated for over 25 years. Along with being an affluent businessman, Albert was very involved in his community. He became the first chairman of the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce, and he was a chairperson for the City of Bakersfield Redevelopment Agency Board for over 8 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Past Master of the San Joaquin Lodge #11. He was also one of the founding owners of the Bakersfield Jam NBA D-League Basketball Team. In 2012, he started the Valley Small Business and Construction Report where he sent out a weekly newsletter to over 5,000 subscribers, held expos and workshops to assist small business owners. He was also very involved at St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Tyree Toliver. There he served on the Deacon and Trustee boards. Albert also was very active in the Jr. and Sr. brotherhoods (he was a brotherhood man). He taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and Baptist Training Union. Albert enjoyed mentoring the next generation and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Albert Prince was truly one of a kind. He loved traveling, shopping and enjoying life with his wife and family. If you knew him well, you know he would frequently visit his favorite city, Las Vegas, NV. You could never have a conversation with him without learning something or getting some type of encouragement. His children remember him as being an amazing father, provider, role model, entrepreneur and he taught them to strive for the best in everything. He loved his extended family and had a special bond with his siblings; Albert was truly a family man. His legacy will never be forgotten and his impact will live in our hearts forever. He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-eight years, Brenda Prince; his parents, Ceasar and Mary Ruth Prince as well as his sister, Pamela Prince. He leaves to cherish his memories: his children, Marvin Davis, Jennifer Luchien (Timithy), Elyse Prince, Alan Prince (Brittany), Spenser Prince, and Sebastian Prince; his siblings, Cecelia Lee, Frederick Prince (Stephanie), and Steve Bradford (Cassondra);.his grandchildren, Christian Holden, Cai Holden, Vanessa Luchien ,Taililly Luchien, Maiya Luchien, Jalen Luchien, and Michael Prince; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thank you to all of his doctors and nurses at Fresenius Kidney Care and a special thank you to David Toliver Jr. Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 10:00 a. m. at Emmanuel Temple Church, 431 Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, California. These services have been entrusted in the care of Basham Hopson Funeral Care, 620 Oregon Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. This is a courtesy announcement of Williams Funeral Home, Inc. 821 North Main Street, Sumter. SC 29150. Visit us on the Web – www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.co
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