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James Price

James Price

Friday, December 18th, 1925 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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James Aubrey Price was surrounded by his loved ones when he passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. He was born on Friday, December 18, 1925 to James F. and Bertie Williams Price at their home in New Hope, Texas in Collin County. James and his family moved to the Sowers Community, one of several farm communities incorporated into Irving, when he was 13.

James served in the United States Army from 1944 through 1946, stationed at Fort Mason in San Francisco on VE Day and later in the Philippines. After his discharge, he returned to Irving and married the love of his life, Anice Baley, on March 29, 1947. He worked at the Ford Assembly Plant in Dallas until it closed, and then taught “mechanicing” at Lincoln Technical Institute until he retired. He was extremely intelligent and could remember the mechanical and electrical diagrams of all the American-made cars, which made him an excellent troubleshooter when it came to car repairs. The family jokes about James telling them about every single part and repair step that he performed on their vehicles. That was a very small price, since he never charged them for the parts or the hours of labor.

James was a happy, boisterous man with a loud booming laugh that would make you smile or laugh, even when you were mad or sad. His infectious smile was readily available to friends and strangers alike. He had a goofy, wild assortment of tales and words that he used over and over to make a point or simply entertain. More than one person kept a journal of these “sayings” for their own use and entertainment.

James and Anice were a team. They made each other’s lives. And their love, devotion and commitment to their family, church and friends was the stuff of legend. No task was too large or too small in their service and stewardship. They loved to travel and made it their goal to see all 50 U.S. States. They particularly loved the national parks and Creede, Colorado, where they frequently took large groups for family members to fish, roll rocks down mountains, and enjoy nature walks.

James loved the Lord and the scriptures and was a faithful member of Pioneer Drive Baptist church for over 70 years. When asked which scripture was his favorite, he quickly answered that it was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He accepted Jesus as his savior before he married Anice, and together they shared that message through their words and lives. He knew and rejoiced in his eternal destination and never took that great gift for granted.

Greeting James in Heaven are a host of family and friends, including his beloved wife, parents, brother Bill (Dub) Price, and sisters Billie Jean Nelson and Genell Walker. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Steve Candelaria, Carol and Ronny Powers, and Kathy and Jeff Bongfeldt; adopted son, Emile Brikha; special friend, Nicci Smart; brother, Raymon Price, nine grandchildren and eighteen great grandkids (two on the way).

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the family will hold a private graveside service. To honor James’ service to his church and family, please make a donation in lieu of flowers to Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 4034 W. Pioneer Dr., Irving, TX 75062, to the Sowers Cemetery Assocation (sowerscemetery.com), or to the charity of your choice.
A virtual reception will be held, anyone interested in attending please send an email to japrice1233@yahoo.com for further details.

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    Sowers Cemetery
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    IRVING, TX
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    A private graveside service will be held
  • Interment

    Location
    Sowers Cemetery
    Address
    IRVING, TX
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Gayla Fooks

Posted at 11:58pm
James Price, one of the godliest and greatest gentlemen I ever had the privilege of knowing, strolled into Heaven Wednesday evening to see his beloved Saviour's face and hear Him say "Well done my good and faithful servant"! Then he saw his treasured wife Anice. I am simply at a loss to pay tribute to this incredible man that I have known my entire life! He truly lived an exemplary Christian life! He loved his family; he read his Bible and practiced it daily; he took my Mother's family to church every time the doors opened as soon as they moved here in 1950 until they could get themselves to church; he discipled my Daddy after he accepted Christ at PDBC; ; he witnessed to everyone he met; he smiled at and encouraged everyone; he served at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in every way imaginable for over 70 years; he kept countless widows and down trodden individuals cars running for many years; he taught many young people how to work on vehicles and invited them to his home, his church, and introduced them to Jesus; he fed and ministered to every staff member that ever served any time at PDBC; he always encouraged and loved the young people; he gave untold amounts of money to help others; he picked up hitchhikers; he always made you feel like you were the most important person at church that day; he loved to kid, tease, and have fun; and my how those eyes did always sparkle! I know this is a very long list, but it could go on and on! Even in his declining health he always had that infectious smile and happy word for everyone! When he could attend church I would always say "It is such a joy to see you" - those eyes would twinkle and he would respond "It's a joy to see you!" as he squeezed my hand! Our loss is truly Heaven's gain, and I will miss him for the rest of my life! I love you James Price, and I am praying diligently for your precious family in this painful loss! What a joy to know I will see him again! Just look at this smile with Tim and I!
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Tracy Herron

Posted at 11:00am
Thinking of you and your family.
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Marty L. Bongfeldt

Posted at 09:34am
Sending deepest sympathies.
Love,
Marty & Julia
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Gerald Farris

Posted at 06:38pm
I'll always remember James as nothing but positive and optimistic with a great smile. He and Anice were great examples to us all of how people should live. He tackled and fixed whatever was in front of him. Anytime I saw him he related how he and my Dad repaired whatever vehicle. He was also great support to my Mom after Dad passed away. He was a great friend to my Mom and Dad and the entire Farris family. He is a hero in my life as a pillar to God, Church, family and friendship.
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