James “Jim” Willis Price

July 11, 1921 - May 7, 2013
James “Jim” Willis Price


James “Jim” Willis Price, 91, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at his home.

He was born in McDonough, GA on July 11, 1921 the son of the late Jessie and Annie Robert Price. Preceding him in death were his wife Carolyn Sutton Price, daughter Margaret Plunkett, and son Captain “Mike” Michael Price.
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Price was a World War II veteran and served his country in the US Army, US Navy then retired after 21 years in the US Air Force. He received numerous accommodations for his service. He also received a Presidential accommodation for overseeing the Air Force flyover conducted at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a General Manager with Shenandoah Life Insurance Company for over 40 years and was inducted into the President’s Cabinet for his outstanding service.

Surviving are his son Keith Price and wife Jennifer of Wilmington, daughters Joan Payne of Wilmington, and Linda Secrist of Greenville; his grandchildren Wayne Rouse and wife Shelia, Nicholas Suggs, Christopher Price, Melin DeVane and husband Duane, Patrick Plunkett and Michelle Casha; and five great-grandchildren.

Jim was a faithful member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, and he will long be remembered for his faith in God, and love for his family.

A visitation will be held from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 PM with the Reverend Margaret Hockett officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

The family would like memorials to be directed to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • May 10, 2013
    Barbaara Carraway Hebert says:
    So sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. My prayers go out to my cousins!

  • May 08, 2013
    Trish Brewer says:
    Jim Price was a true gentleman and he dearly loved his family. I am proud to have called him my friend.

  • May 09, 2013
    john Stukes Jr & Family says:
    I'm just now found out. I'm praying that family will find the strength from the LORD to bring them through this sad moment.

  • May 08, 2013
    Elaine Hearn says:
    What a great man. He was Uncle James to me and I loved him dearly.He was a man that loved his family and country. I will miss his visits to GA. which he loved to do Love and prayers to all the family Elaine

  • May 08, 2013
    Vivian Small Schneider says:
    Keith, Please know that all of your NHHS friends are thinking of you and your family. We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. With Deepest Sympathy! NHHS classes '85 and '86