Yoshi “Base Yoshi” Prim
June 5, 1940 - January 5, 2023

On Thursday, January 5th, 2023, at the age of 82, Yoshi Prim, known to many of her friends as “Base Yoshi” peacefully passed away at her home in Jacksonville, NC with her Husband, Robert by her side.

Yoshi was an exceptional person who will be remembered for her kindness and her candid ability to assist and understand the needs and problems of all whom she came in contact with. Her love of family, passion for BINGO and Slots and dedication to her family and friends was unimaginable. She was an anchor to all who needed it, providing both guidance and advice, weather Traditional or just to comfort a caring ear. Yoshi was an exceptional loving daughter, wife, sister, and aunt.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ichiro Noda and Usami Gima, sister, Masako Sinkfield, and brother, Masuhelo Gima.

Yoshi is survived by her husband Robert Prim of Jacksonville, North Carolina, her sisters Kazuko Welch of Sacramento, California and Noriko Nakamura of Okinawa, Japan, along with many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Yoshi was born in the city of Yonabaru-cho, in Okinawa, Japan on June 05, 1940. Early in her childhood her parents moved to the Iriomote, which is one of the islands of Yaeyama along the southern chain of islands of Okinawa in order to escape the vast majority of the Second World War. After the war, her family move back to Okinawa where she both lived and worked as a Logistic Specialist at one of Japan’s Largest Sewing Companies for over Fifteen Years. She worked there both in Okinawa and in Mainland Japan.

Due to the death of her Father at an early age, Yoshi made it her mission to put both her younger sisters through some type of professional schools. She put Kazuko through both English and Secretarial School and her youngest sister, Noriko through Nursing School in Mainland Japan. To keep them entertained, they became one of the first families in the neighborhood to also have a television.

She later moved to Mainland Japan, where she met her husband in 1976.

She later moved to the United States with the love of her life Robert, whom she was married to for over 41 years and settling in Jacksonville, North Carolina after being a part of the military family for over 30 years.

One of Yoshi’s greatest abilities was the ability to cook. “And Yoshi Could Cook!” Not only could she cook, but she cooked as if she were still in Japan. And in every case, she would cook restaurant quality dishes.

Yoshi was well-respected by both friends and family members alike. She made many friends and acquaintances throughout the years; while playing BINGO on board Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, and Cherry Point.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 11:00 am at Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care, 441 Center Street, Jacksonville, NC 28546. A private family viewing will be prior to the service.

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1 Comment

  • Curtis Sinkfield Posted January 10, 2023 4:56 pm

    Aunt Yoshiko,
    I will miss your larger than life personality and our storytelling sessions, but I am comforted in knowing you are now in God’s hands and surrounded by those who love you equally as much. May you rest in eternal peace. Love Yoshi.


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