Rev. Calvin Oliver Price Sr.

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MILFORD - Rev. Calvin Oliver Price Sr., 79, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 19, 2011, in Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, after a long illness. Rev. Price was born on March 4, 1931 in New Market, on the outskirts of Ellendale, to the late Mary C. Pettyjohn and Earlest Pettyjohn. Rev. Price was a pastor, preacher, sports enthusiast, family man, avid gardener, and community activist. He attended Elementary School 195C in Ellendale and Benjamin Banneker School in Milford, Delaware. He graduated from Media High School in 1949. He was described in his high school year book as "crazy about all sports." He lettered in track in high school and played baseball for the Milford Yankees after graduation Rev. Price married Delores Henry on Oct. 24, 1953. This union's legacy includes seven children, 18 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He spent his summers working in his grandparents' gardens and in the bean fields. After graduating from high school, he went to work in a chicken factory. Then he worked for textile manufacturer Steiner & Co. for 20 years as a machine operator. Rev. Price's true calling was as a servant of the Lord and preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1953, he gave his heart to Christ. He served as a Pastor's Steward, Sunday School teacher, and Local Preacher at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Ellendale. He was ordained an Itinerant Deacon by Bishop George W. Baber. In 1967, he was ordained an Itinerant Elder by Bishop John Bright. Rev. Price served as pastor of Burton Chapel A.M.E Church, Milton, Delaware for seven years, John Wesley Circuit, Frederica, Delaware for nine years and Antioch A.M.E. Church for twenty-two years. For many years he served on the A.M.E. Church Dover District Board of Examiners reviewing the candidates aspiring to become ordained ministers. Upon his retirement in 2001, he returned to his home church, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Ellendale, where he continued to serve and preach until his illness prevented him from doing so. Rev. Price was involved in many community organizations including Caring About People, Indian River Ministries, Strong Communities, and First State Community Action Agency. He served as a member of the Ellendale Community Civic Improvement Association, Inc. (ECCIA) as Advisor and Parliamentarian. He received a Community Service Award from ECCIA in 2005 for his efforts in enhancing the lives of others throughout Sussex County. Rev. Price enjoyed people and did whatever he could to help others. If you were ill and he knew about it, he would be sure to visit you. Rev. Price was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eliza Jane and Thomas Price, his parents, Mary C. and Earlest Pettyjohn and his grandson, Miles L. Jr. He is survived by his wife, Delores H. Price of Ellendale, four daughters, Marlene F. Cuffee of Harrington, (Miles L. Cuffee Sr. of Greenwood), Cordelia M. Price of Houston, Texas, Shirley L. Bone (Troy) of Raleigh, N.C., Rose M. Parker of Ellendale, (Jason Parker of Slaughter Neck), three sons, Calvin O. Price Jr. (Robin) of Catonsville, Md., Thomas E. Price (Jackie) of Middletown, David L. Price (Diane) of Coopersburg, Pa.; three half-brothers Bruce Short of Philadelphia, William Young of Harrington, and Nathaniel Waters, one aunt, Anna Whaley of Philadelphia, Pa.; two grandchildren he and Delores raised, Gregory D. Price Sr. and Myron D. Price Sr. of Ellendale; first cousin, Betty Branch of Philadelphia; 16 other grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Homegoing Celebration Service for Rev. Price will be held Monday, Jan. 24, 201, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion A.M. E. Church, 18211 Beach Highway, Ellendale, DE 19941. Viewings will be held Sunday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Ellendale. Interment is in the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Eliza Jane Price Missionary Society of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, First State Community Action Agency (, or the Ellendale Community Civic Improvement Association, Inc.

Published in NewsZapDE from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2011
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