CASAR - Julius Elmer Price, 92, passed away Jan. 5, 2013.
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He was born Dec. 6, 1920 to James Roland Price and Ada Logan Price of the Moriah Community in Casar. He was married to Virginia Gurley on Sept. 5, 1942 and they recently celebrated their 70th anniversary.
Mr. Price was a lifelong farmer, actively raising beef cattle until his recent illness. He was honored with the 1997 Farm Bureau's Farmer of the Year Award. He enjoyed working with and maintaining farm equipment andmachinery. Mr. and Mrs. Price prided themselves on their abundant crops and gardens and enjoyed sharing produce with family and neighbors. He was an avid reader and enjoyed going to flea markets regularly with family and friends.
Mr. Price was an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church from an early age where he served as a deacon. He served during World War II in the Philippines where he was awarded numerous medals. He was a member of Casar Masonic Lodge and received recognition in 2010 for 60 years of service.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Price is survived by three sons: Wayne and wife, Eugenia, of Casar, Alan and wife, Jeanne, of Shelby and Richard of Hickory; five grandchildren, Amy Price Luper and husband, Tim, of Raleigh, Steven Price and wife, Tonya, of Casar, Denny Price of New York City, Amanda Price Crotts and husband, Matt, of Bessemer City, Tara Price Gander and husband, Mike, of China Grove; seven great-grandchildren, Cameron Luper, Katie and Lilly Price, Owen and Elam Crotts, Landon and Jackson Gander; three step grandchildren, Garen McClure and wife, Spring, of Hillsborough, Scott Moss and wife, Karen, of Boiling Springs, Chad Holland of Mooresboro and two step-great grandchildren, Gus and Zora McClure; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
Mr. Price was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bonnie Parker of Marion. He is survived by two sisters, Mildred and husband, Hugh Fletcher, of Valdese, Ruth Ann and husband, Ron Patten, of Casar; brother, Hugh Dean Price of Casar; sister-in-law, Peggy Price of Casar.
The family offers special thanks and appreciation to the staff and nurses ofHospice Cleveland County.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday at Stamey Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Casar
Conducted: by Pastor Jamie Bridges and Rev. Landon Rice.
Burial: will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, PO Box 326, Casar, NC 28020 or to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston
Stamey Funeral Home - Fallston
846 E. Stagecoach Trail PO Box 639 Fallston, NC 28042
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 7, 2013