Pastor Willis Eugene “Gene” Prince, Sr., 80, of Gilbertsville, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.

Born Tuesday, Mar. 5, 1940, in Graves Co., he was the son of the late Willie Dee Prince and the late Mary Ellen (Davis) Prince. He was the Sr. Pastor of Doors of Mercy Church and Mercy Missions in Marshall County, he was also a commercial fisherman.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Pastor Charlotte A. (Duckett) Prince of Gilbertsville; sons, Tony Wayne Prince of Gilbertsville, Willis Eugene Prince, Jr. of O Fallon, Illinois, Zachery “Zack” Prince of Hickory, and Kevin Morgan of California; daughter, Sebby Prince of Mayfield; brother, Robbie Dale Prince of Troy, Illinois; grandchildren, Tyler Wayne Prince, Blake Prince, Josiah Prince, Trinity Prince, Chase Prince, Chelsea Prince, Andrew Prince, and Sean Morgan. Also, surviving are two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Ryan Prince.

Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Fooks Cemetery, Benton. Charlotte A. Prince will officiate. Interment will follow the service.

No public visitation is scheduled.

Collier Funeral Home of Benton is handling the arrangements.