James Prentice, Doug as we affectionately called him, was born, April 12, 1941 to the late James Prentiss and Thelma Prentiss Williams in Richmond, Virginia. He was educated in Richmond Public Schools. His maternal grandmother, Marie Starkes took him to Cedar Street Church as a young child. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Cedar Street Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin W. Robertson, Sr. He was very active in his church for many years, attending Sunday School, serving on the Butler Usher Board. He used to carry his Bible around with him and read it often.
James was a fun-loving story telling hard worker. He was a hard worker both as a general contractor and a truck driver until his retirement. He enjoyed driving long distance and wasn’t even thinking about retiring until his health began to fail. He had a passion for animals, especially dogs. He left behind his best friend, Princess.
James departed this life May 1, 2019, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by two of his children, Darren Singleton and Kathy Rogers; mother Thelma P. Williams; and father, James Prentiss. He leaves to cherish his memory 3 children, Douglas Prentiss, Jr., Dawn Mckenzie, and Angel Alston; his sisters, Zenobia Coverson (Norman), and Delores Llewellyn (Patrick); brother, Tyrone Prentiss (Debbie); 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; nieces, one devoted, Vonzelle Waller; nephews; one Uncle, Leroy Starkes; and one devoted friend, Julie Mastin.