Historical society member Price dies

Published 11:28 am Friday, December 5, 2008

Some of the people who met him may never have known his name but can remember seeing the tall, thin man dressed in a frock coat and stove pipe hat at the annual Ghost Walk and other Lawrence County Historical Society events.

Robert “Bob” Price died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 61.

Peggy Karshner is a fellow historical society member. She said Price was one of the movers behind the ghost walk at Woodland Cemetery each year and sometimes took a week off from work to make sure the annual event went smoothly.

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He was also active in numerous other activities such as the Christmas tea at the museum and the annual church walk that is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday (see today’s briefs for more information). Price was usually involved in decorating the museum dining room for the holidays each year.

“He was always there,” she said. “There is going to be a void there. It was almost like he was part of the museum. If there was something to be done, Bob was there to help get it done.”

Lawrence County Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Paul Mollett described Price as a very dedicated man who was a firm believer in the value of proving services and opportunities to people with disabilities.

“His work was a big part of his life,” Mollett said. “He was very devoted to his career. MRDD was like family to him.”

Fittingly, his memorial will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the museum at 506 S. Sixth St. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the museum.

Price may also be remembered for saving an area landmark that was once condemned and slated to be torn down.

Price was a teacher at Tri-State Industries.

He is survived by a sister, Carole Brown, of Ironton, a brother, Miles Price Jr., of Key Biscayne, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.