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Maury County Couple Remembered For Their Love Story

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by Heather Graf

SANTA FE, Tenn. - An ailing wife and a loyal husband who did everything together; that's how friends describe the Sante Fe couple found dead Wednesday night at their home in Maury County.

Jimmy and Barbara Prince were married 48 long and happy years.

Recently, Barbara's health had been declining. She suffered from dementia and early onset Alzheimer's, among other things.

"In the last few months, especially the last few months, Jimmy dedicated his entire life to taking care of her," said Reverend Terry Peery, their friend and pastor at West Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church. "He never asked for any help.  I wish he would have, but he didn't."

Peery said the couple came to church each and every Sunday.  When he saw them last week, Jimmy stopped to talk to him before he left.

"When he walked by, he took my hand and asked me to pray for Barbara, and I said I would, and he put her on the prayer list again," he said.

Just a few days later, it's believed husband and wife walked to the garden behind their home in Santa Fe.  That's where Jimmy took Barbara's life, and then his own, because he couldn't stand to see her suffer, and a world without her is one he didn't want to be a part of.

Investigators with the Maury County Sheriff's Office call it a mercy killing.

"He loved her, he cared about her," said Peery. "And I think in Jimmy's mind, he felt like he was doing the most merciful thing he could do."

Peery hopes the Princes are remembered, not for how they died, but how they lived and how they loved.

"I know it's a tragedy, but there's love surrounding it," he said. "He was dedicated to taking care of her, and that's the greatest lost story I guess you could tell."

Jimmy was 68-years-old. Barbara was 66.

A joint memorial service is planned for this Sunday at 4 p.m.  It will take place at the couple's church, West Point Cumberland Presbyterian in Columbia.  Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., also at the church.


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