Wellford L. Price, Jr.

February 15, 1936 - February 13, 2015
Wellford L. Price, Jr.

Wellford Price, a resident of Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 13th.

He is survived by his two loving sons, Jeffrey Stewart Price and his wife, Cheryl Tysinger Price of Topsail Beach, NC, Charles Reid Price of New York City, NY, a devoted and caring friend, Virginia M. Jackle of Naples, FL and three beloved grandchildren Tanner Price, Aubrey Price and Rachel Schmidlin of Wilmington, NC.

Born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC, Wellford was the son of the late Wellford Price, Sr. and Mattie Ruth Price Harris. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School and attended Campbell College in Dunn, NC, and earned a degree in Psychology at North Carolina Wesleyn College in Rocky Mount, NC.

At an early age, Wellford developed a sincere appreciation and passion for the musical arts. He loved both classical and contemporary music, and consistently played the piano for six decades. The highlight of his musical pleasures include the sold-out and American broadcast debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City of Van Cliburn playing with the Symphony of the Air that featured a few of Wellford’s favorite composers – Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

Over the course of his life, some of Wellford’s most precious memories were spent with his family and dear friends on the coasts of North Carolina. He loved the sea and its’ natural elements of sand, water, and sky that created a sense of joy, a place of solace, and oftentimes, adventure. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing and boating.

In lieu of sending flowers, kindly contribute to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter located at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC. Tel. (910) 796-7900 or www.LCFH.org

Celebration of Life gathering will be held 2 to 4 pm Saturday March 7, 2015 at Beach Shop and Grill, 701 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445.

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

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  • September 15, 2022
    Jean Edwards Carr, Raleigh, NC says:
    I grew up next door to Wellford in Rocky Mount, actually “back door”. Our parents h first lived in duplex apartments when we were born. I listened to Wellford’s magnificently beautiful piano playing I’m through my bedroom window late at night as a teenager. Close friends and neighbors. Just learning of his death.

  • February 16, 2015
    Bruce Allcorn says:
    Jeff, myself and the Amigo's Car Club send our sincere condolences.

  • February 18, 2015
    Jan Mullen says:
    Jeff and family, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He sounded like a wonderful man and very talented. I will keep you in my prayers. Jan

  • January 03, 2017
    Lee Andrews says:
    So sorry to hear of Welford's passing . We were roommates at Campbell College and he was a great person. I had the pleasure of hearing Welford play the piano on many occasions. My mother was a concert pianist and I had a great appreciation for that music. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Sincerely, Lee ( Buddy) Andrews