COL Joseph L. Price, Jr.
COL Joseph L. Price, Jr., USAF Retired, 85, of Madison, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2009.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Joe was the son of the late Joseph L. Price, Sr., and Winnifred Weaver Price. He was preceded in death by the late Apalachee native Mary Ellen Jeannette Guill Price.
He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Florida, the Morgan County Chapter #37 of the American Legion, a founding member and patriarch of Eatonton Duplicate Bridge Club and Life Master (ACBL).
COL Price was a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. During his 31-year, 7-month, and 1-day career, he flew over 300 combat missions in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Notable military awards include: Legion of Merit – with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross – with oak leaf cluster, and Air Medal – six oak leaf clusters. He was also a member of the Order of Daedalians.
After serving his country, Joe retired in 1974 to Morgan County and became a visionary and co-founder of the Morgan County Volunteer Fire Department. In 1991, he was honored for his dedication in developing a county-wide fire department for the citizens of Morgan County. COL Price served as Chief of Station 1 (Apalachee) until 1994.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Avery and Ernie Rogers of Madison; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Darlene Price of Madison; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Carol Jean Price of Bonita Springs, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Ernie, Jeffrey, Dustin, Shannon, Kerry, Christopher, Cory, Jennifer, Debra, and Robi; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Apalachee VFD, Morgan County VFD Station 1, 1640 Mission Rd, Madison, GA 30650.
Graveside services, with military honors, were held 11 a.m., Friday, May 1 at Aplachee Cemetery with Bishop Jim Swilley, senior pastor of Church In The Now, Conyers, officiating. The family received friends at the home following the service.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Printed in the May 7, 2009 Edition.