God Bless Elery Price, a man I respected all my life.
I don't remember the year Elery cut my thick, black hair at his old barber shop, but it was in the 1950s. He was smiling and friendly the first time I saw him and I think he was that way all his life. He made me feel welcome when I walked in the barber shop and made me a little better looking after he “stretched your neck” as we used to say.
His shop was an oasis for elected officials. It was a place to cool off and listen to the elders of the community for us youngsters. Political discussion was always hot and heavy as well as gater football and how good or bad fishing was at the time. For Elery, fishing was always good.
Elery was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation.” He served honorably in the US Navy to protect and preserve our freedom. He is one of my heroes and I will miss him. But I will always cherish the warm memories that come to my mind when I say his name in a prayer.
Malinda and I send our deepest sympathies to the family and all those who loved him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen
Bobby and Malinda Jones