James H. Price

Staff Reports • Sep 11, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Funeral services for James H. Price, 81, of Lebanon and formerly of Cookeville, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Presley Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow in Double Springs Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Price passed from this life Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 at home in Lebanon.

Jim, as he was known by his family and friends, was born Sept. 24, 1935 in Grayson County, Virginia to the late Con and Ida Blevins Price. Jim was the fourth of five children and the only boy in the family.

Jim left home at the young age of 15 to move to Pennsylvania and start his working career in a sawmill. Jim married Marion Louise Snell on Jan. 15, 1955 in Marion, Virginia in the middle of a blizzard, as he so often loved to tell. Jim and Marion were blessed with four boys and one girl over the next 13 years. A few years later, he was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he worked for 23 years as an iron ore miner in the Grace Mine in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Jim became a skilled small engine mechanic while working a second job at Reber's Service Station in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania to help raise his children and keep their mother from having to work outside the home. Jim opened Price's Lawn Mower Shop in his garage at the home he and Marion purchased in Elverson, Pennsylvania in 1968. Jim worked these two jobs until 1977 when Bethlehem Steel closed the mine in Morgantown. Not sure he could support his family under the newly elected Jimmy Carter administration with just the lawnmower and chainsaw business that he had grown into two additional buildings on his property in Elverson, Jim accepted a job offer from New Jersey Zinc Mining Co. in Gordonsville. At the age of 42, Jim sold everything in Pennsylvania and moved his wife and four of his children to Cookeville. After a few years at New Jersey Zinc, Jim was offered a position with the federal agency MSHA as a mine safety inspector. After experiencing firsthand the bureaucracy of the federal government for which he had no patience, Jim once again turned to his love of lawnmower and chainsaws and opened Price's Garage on Buffalo Valley Road in Cookeville in 1980. Jim spent his next 23 years building his business through hard work and honest dealings until he retired in 2003 and sold the business.

Jim enjoyed his retirement with Marion his wife of over 62 years and even took a Caribbean cruise their children gave them for their 50th wedding anniversary. Jim and Marion moved to Lebanon in August 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conley and Ida Price; three sisters, Orpha Shumate, Mildred Kilby, Charlotte Vogt; and one son, James Albert Price.

He is survived by his wife, Marion Price; sister, Joyce Greer, of Elkin, North Carolina; three sons, Lee (Cindy Apple) Price, of Cookeville, Ray (Donna) Price, of Cookeville, David (Michelle) Price of Cookeville; a daughter, Beth Price, of Lebanon; eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Rachel) Price, of Apopka, Florida, Andrew Price, of Cookeville, Jason Price, of Cookeville, Ryan Price, of Cookeville, Rachel (Brent) Beechboard, of Lebanon, Ethan Price, of Cookeville, Kayla Renee Dailey, of Cookeville, Will Price, of Cookeville; in addition to several bonus grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Price, Bobby Beechboard, Brent Beechboard, Ethan Price, Jeremy Price, Richard Holt and Rob Hall, Ryan Price and Will Price.

You may share your thoughts or send condolences to the family by visiting presleyfuneralhome.com.

Professional services provided by Presley Funeral Home, 931-528-1044.

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