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Mrs. Joann Reynolds Prince, 71, of Albany, Georgia departed this life on Thursday, February 12, 2021 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in the Floral Memory Gardens, 120 Old Pretoria Road, Albany, Georgia 31707. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the guestbook or send condolences to the family by visiting Meadows' website at www.meadowsofalbany.com.
*** Facemasks and social distancing will be required to ensure the safety of attendees.***

Joann Reynolds Prince was born on February 27, 1949, in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Mr. Wilson Reynolds, Sr., and Annie Bell Williams Speed. She was raised by the late Mrs. Allean McTier (Honey). In 1968, at an early age, she confessed her faith in Christ and joined Apostolic Shallow Holiness Church, under the leadership of Rev. Williams of Jacksonville, Florida, and later moved her membership to First Albany Deliverance Cathedral of Albany, Georgia, but resided in Sylvester, Georgia, where she assisted Pastor/ Overseer Katheen Green of Sylvester Holiness Deliverence Church. She later became a member of New Covenant Church of Albany, Georgia, where she was an assistant with the Youth Ministry, the name of which was later changed to Connections Church. There, she held the position of an Elder and became an Interim Pastor of the Church for about two years.

Joann's educational journey began at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts of Jacksonville, Florida, where she completed her 12 years of education. She attended Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. She later moved to Albany, Georgia, where she attended Christian Life School of Theology (CLST), from which she received her Doctorate in 1997. She later attended Albany Technical College and obtained her Early Childhood Education Certification in 2004.

Joann began teaching and working with children at Albany MCLB Marine Base Pre-K/Head Start School in 1985, which was her first love. Working with children was her passion. She retired in 2010. Joann, also known as Mama Jo, was well-known throughout the community, surrounding counties, cities, and various states, especially Georgia and Florida. She has been a minister, motivator, encourager, counselor, public speaker, and storyteller, known for reading stories for corporate meetings and banquets such as Quail Unlimited at their banquets in Albany, Georgia. She also loved photography, taking pictures, and making scrap books. She was known for her kindness and beautiful smile when greeting people. She was an all-around people person who showed love to everyone she encountered.

Joann was preceded in death by her loving brother, Mr. Wilson Reynolds, Jr., of Jacksonville, Florida.

She leaves a legacy of love to cherish her memories: a loving husband, Mr. Joseph Prince of Albany, GA; a loving daughter, Tameka Smith of Albany, GA; two grandchildren, Lea Smith and Aiden Smith, both of Albany, GA; two godsons, Ellis McCullough of Sylvester, GA and Desmond Simmons of Albany, GA; six loving sisters, Naomi Crowder, Maggie McDaniels (James), Barbara Killian, Stacy Reynolds, Rejeanna Norris, and Carolyn Speed, all of Jacksonville, FL; three brothers, Michale Speed (Pam), Thaddeus West, and Leroy West (Patricia), all of Jacksonville, FL; mother-in-law, Josie B. Thomas; five sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great- nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

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  • Friday, February 12, 2021
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    Jo Ann, I know you are rejoicing in heaven. You will be missed. You have touched so many little lives. This world is a better place because you poured into others. Love you! Until we meet again!
    ~ Paula Caserio   Leesburg, GA
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    To The Prince Family, so sorry to here about Mrs. Joe Ann, I worked with here at CDC. She was a wonderful person. My prayers are with you at this most difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy, Celeste Griffin
    ~ Celeste Griffin   Albany, GA
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    Joann, you were a motherly figure in my life. Thank you for your loving guidance and precious friendship. The beautiful memories of your genuine love will last forever. May God bring your family peace and comfort.
    ~ Stacy Duarte   Alpharetta, GA
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family. Joann was a dear friend of my sister's, Pastor Gwen Lee.
    ~ Barbara G. Davis   Blakely, GA
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    Our deepest sympathies go out to 'Mr. Joe' and family/friends... we are sorry for your loss, indeed heaven's gain. Prayers for God to comfort and strengthen you all in the days ahead... we pray that fond memories will fill your hearts... God bless and keep you all... Rest in Peace and enjoy your heavenly rewards Mrs. Joann... Love and prayers, Tekla Sellars and Wylene Sweat
    ~ Tekla Sellars   Camilla, GA
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021
    My Sweet Sister , God has called His beautiful child home. Thank you for teaching me what my spiritual gift is. I am forever grateful. Eternal Love, Barbara Ann
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
    With heartfelt sympathy for my dear friend, Joann Prince, that departed this life, I know she is with the Lord and has to bear no more pain. Always in our memories.
    ~ Christopher and Lela B. Roberts   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    Mr. Prince and Tameka, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you suffer the loss of this precious one. Mrs. Prince always had such a peaceful composure and was a blessing wherever she was. She loved deeply and well and freely gave of herself to help others. She will be greatly missed on this Earth.
    ~ Sandy Bamford   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    Mr.Joe,Tameka,Leah,Aden and Isaiah my sincere condolences and prayers are with you at this time. Miss Joann will be missed. I am thankful for her prayerswhen I was on the road traveling, her laughter whenever we talked and her peaceful spirit and words of wisdom. Thank you for being a good neighbor, you will be missed so much.
    ~ Debra Reese   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    I feel your loss and can identify with your pain. I will call your names out to the Lord in prayer 🦋
    ~ Dorothy Johnson   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
    Deepest condolences to the family
    ~ Andre' and Blanche Griffin   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    I feel your loss and can identify with your pain. I will call your names out to the Lord in prayer 🦋
    ~ Dorothy Johnson   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    I feel your loss and can identify with your pain. I will call your names out to the Lord in prayer 🦋
    ~ Dorothy Johnson   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    I feel your loss and can identify with your pain. I will call your names out to the Lord in prayer 🦋
    ~ Dorothy Johnson   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    I feel your loss and can identify with your pain. I will call your names out to the Lord in prayer 🦋
    ~ Dorothy Johnson   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
    With heartfelt sympathy for the family of my dear friend, Joann Prince, that departed this life. I know she is with the Lord and has to bear no more pain. Always in our memories.
    ~ Christopher and Lela B. Green   Albany, GA
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    To our dearly beloved mama Jo and her dear family the joy of the Lord is our strength. Your love, joy and strength have truly blessed us beyond measure and so many others. You are loved and missed, shine on mama Jo shine on.
    ~ Dave,Mattie,and Latrice Lawson   Albany, GA
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Rest In Peace Auntie. Love you and will miss you!
    ~ Leshae West   Jacksonville, FL
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Rest In Peace Auntie. Love you and will miss you!
    ~ Leshae West   Jacksonville, FL
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Rest In Peace Auntie. Love you and will miss you!
    ~ Leshae West   Jacksonville, FL
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    Rest In Peace Auntie. Love you and will miss you!
    ~ Leshae West   Jacksonville, FL
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
    My ❤ goes out to you and you family.
    ~ Zee Fluellen   Leesburg, FL
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    I love you so much you were like a second mother, I appreciate you for being there for me and my family and also marrying me and my husband you will be missed. I pray strength for your family as they go through this difficult time
    ~ Candace Thomas   Columbia, SC
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    I love you so much you were like a second mother, I appreciate you for being there for me and my family and also marrying me and my husband you will be missed. I pray strength for your family as they go through this difficult time
    ~ Candace Thomas   Columbia, SC
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    I love you so much you were like a second mother, I appreciate you for being there for me and my family and also marrying me and my husband you will be missed. I pray strength for your family as they go through this difficult time
    ~ Candace Thomas   Columbia, SC
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    I love you so much you were like a second mother, I appreciate you for being there for me and my family and also marrying me and my husband you will be missed. I pray strength for your family as they go through this difficult time
    ~ Candace Thomas   Columbia, SC
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    I love you so much you were like a second mother, I appreciate you for being there for me and my family and also marrying me and my husband you will be missed. I pray strength for your family as they go through this difficult time
    ~ Candace Thomas   Columbia, SC
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    Sending prayers I will always love you!
    ~ Betty Booth Dorsey   Sumner, GA
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
    It is with heartfelt sympathy on the loss of our dear friend Joann. We praying that you will find peace and comfort in your memories of Joann. She will be missed by us all.
    ~ Flora D. Greene Coleman and Marion "Bubba" Coleman   Jacksonville, FL