Joseph Preston Price, Jr.

February 12, 1921 ~ August 1, 2006

Joseph Preston Price Jr., 85, 220 North Gilmer Park, Johnson City, TN, died Tuesday, August 1, 2006. He was the son of the late Joe "Lumber" Price and Wilma Bell Price. Mr. Price was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving as a P-38 Lightning pilot with the 475th Fighter Group in the South Pacific. He had the distinction of being the first pilot chosen to fly wingman for Charles A. Lindbergh, who spent time with the 475th helping pilots extend the range of their fighters. Mr. Price attended Milligan College and ETSU and later owned and operated NAPA Auto Parts stores in the Johnson City area for nearly thirty years. In 1994 he retired to the golf course. He also enjoyed having more time being a UT "Big Orange" fan. He was a member and former Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City as well as a charter member of the Johnson City Jaycees. In his youth, Mr. Price attained the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to his parents, Mr. Price was preceded in death by his brother, William "Buddy" Price; and a special grandmother, Joanne Norris. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Grant Price; one son, Joseph Preston Price III and wife, Elizabeth, of Johnson City; two daughters, Betsy Price Burleson and husband, Skip, of Johnson City, Judith Anne Price and Rick Fehr, of Johnson City; seven grandchildren, Carrie, Kelly and Grant Kerley, Trey, Preston and Jay Burleson, Emma Price; and several nieces and nephews. Special family friends include Eva Stanley Harris and Dennis B. Kerley. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. on Friday, August 4, 2006, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. A gravesite service will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2006, at 11:00 A.M. at Monte Vista Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at Morris-Baker by 10:40 AM Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery for those services. For those who wish, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, Post Office Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Dot, Frankie and I were terribly sorry to hear about the death of Joe. We have missed you two at the last few reunions, but hope that the past few years have been happy and healthy ones, as were the many years of your successful and happy marriage. Your faith in God, and your family and friends, will ease the burden of your tremendous loss. Warmest regards, Bobby

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Joe, Betsy, and Family, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please accept my sincere condolences. May the Lord sustain you as you deal with all that is on your hearts in the days ahead. I pray that He will meet your needs in the special way that only He can. In Christian Love, Susan

  3. Anonymous says:

    Having been with Joe only a few times during the past few years, I am certain of one thing and that is he impressed me as a perfect gentleman. My only regret is that I did not make the opportunity to be with him and Dorothy on many more occasions. I will truly miss his broad smiles when attending Dorothy’s high school reunions. Love and Peace to ALL of Joe’s family and especially “Dot” Sincerely, Graves and Virginia Lewis Lake Waccamaw, NC

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Please let me know if you need anything.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I offer my condolence to the family of Joseph Price My first contact with him was through Napa, as a customer.He left and impression! He was very easy to work with and a great help to someone like me.( I did not know what I was doing) Over they next several years I was a customer many times. At Napa it was big Joe and Little Joe. I would talk to little Joe about his Porsche and my TR3,at no time did Big Joe rush us. That was the class that I saw in him. I recall asking him about picture of the P-38 and if he flew one like it.His reply was a simple yes with no other comment. The class thing again. Now I realize that he was a Hero. Again my condolence’s. Al

  6. Anonymous says:

    Judy, I know how hard this time is for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Pat Doyle Moser

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sending my condolence as you go through this time of loss. Remember the memories and keep them strong. They will get you through the tough times. I pray that God will reach down and comfort each of you when you need it the most.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kay

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