JOHN HENRY PRICE, son of the late Willie Price and Mollie Williams Price, was born on August 31, 1928, in Halifax County, North Carolina, and was the eldest of eight children. He answered God’s summon to eternal rest and peace on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at his home in Littleton, North Carolina, surrounded by his loving family.
During his early life, John was baptized and joined the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. After relocating to Baltimore, Maryland, he became a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Williams.
John received his formal education in the Halifax County Public School System. Soon after attending school, he became a driver of light trucks before joining the United States Army at the age of twenty-two. John ranked Private 2nd Class, and his most significant assignment was Company B 185th Signal Battalion, Camp Polk, Louisiana, during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge on November 18, 1952. Ten days after being discharged from the army, John was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Lillian Hopkins. They resided in Baltimore, Maryland, and were happily married for over sixty years.
John was employed at Esskay, a meat packing company in Baltimore, Maryland, and retired in the 1980’s after thirty years of loyal, dedicated service. He returned to his hometown of Littleton, North Carolina, in 1995, and became employed as a custodian at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and retired again after ten years. He was greatly admired for his remarkable fortitude and extraordinary work ethic.
John enjoyed riding his lawn mower, taking care of his lawn, watching westerns, and spending valuable time with his family and friends. His warmth of spirit touched the lives of those he knew and loved, and he was always willing to listen and give valuable advice when it was needed.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; one daughter, Dorothy Coley; one son, Mark Price; one sister, Lucy Mae Cozart; and two brothers, Jesse Price and William Price.
Those remaining to forever cherish the precious memories of his life and love are his daughters, JoeAnn and Charlton Wilson; two sons, John W. Price and Joseph L. Price (Pam); one sister, Bettie Lynch of Littleton, NC; three brothers, Willie Price (Michelle) of Baltimore, MD, Dee Price (Dorothy) of Oxford, NC, and James Edward Price of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren, Anthony, Tonika, Kendra, Keita, and Michael; twelve great-grandchildren, Quinton, Savannah, Bryce, Deondre, Jaden, Cori, Danae, Dawnyea, Dana, Daija, Sachet, and Brian; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 8, 2020, in the Price Family Cemetery, Littleton, NC. Rev. Jeffrey Anderson will deliver the eulogy. Because of Covid-19, the CDC guidelines will be followed by the wearing of masks, social distancing, and limiting the number of persons in attendance. A viewing will take place from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at the funeral home. Only five persons will be allowed to enter at any one time.