Mott Edgar Price, Jr. 88, died peacefully at his home on Monday, November 18, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Leaksville United Methodist Church at 603 Henry Street, Eden, North Carolina. Burial will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, Eden, NC.
Mott was born on October 8, 1925 in Badin, North Carolina and was the son of the late Mott Edgar Price Sr. and Blake Clontz Price. He spent his early youth at Barium Springs Home for Children, and the Barium community became his beloved second family. He graduated from Barium Springs High School, and soon after became a recruit of the United States Army and served with honor and pride for eighteen months during World War II in Germany, France, and Austria, where he earned the Bronze Star. Upon his discharge he entered Davidson College where he earned a scholarship to play football and to wrestle. While at Davidson he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and the “D” Club and graduated with a B.S. Degree in 1950.
After his graduation, he was hired as a teacher and football coach at Albemarle High School in Albemarle, North Carolina, and worked there until he moved to work at Darlington Preparatory School for Boys in Athens, Georgia as teacher-coach. In 1952 he moved to Eden and worked at Morehead High School as teacher and football coach. He worked with J.C. Honeycutt and Bob Wilkes to coach the 1958 football team to win the only state title for Morehead High School in football in the history of the school. He served as Principal at Draper Elementary and then went back to Morehead High School as Assistant Principal under Mr. Wendell Newlin.
In the late 60’s he moved into administration at the Central Office and served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 1993. He retired with 41 years of service for Eden City Schools. He served on the Board of Directors for the Eden YMCA and for the Eden Boys Club. He was an active member of the NEA, the NCAE, and the Retired School Personnel.
In his retirement he enjoyed gardening at home and developed a love for growing roses and special lilies. He traveled with his wife and brother’s family on many cruises and to the special sites at the beaches of Normandy, France and to their favorite city of San Francisco, California.
is first love was always his family and especially liked having everybody at their lake home at High Rock Lake or at their Tellowee home with all thirty family members present for Christmas. He was active at Leaksville United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for many years for Meals on Wheels in the Eden area.
As a person, Mott reached out with a fierce hand grip to all who knew him and grinned when he got the expected response! He remembered with pleasure the Morehead football championship game played on Thanksgiving Day, 1958, and he had special relationships with the guys who played on that team. He enjoyed having all his kids and grandkids together on any occasion and delighted in hearing all of their current news. He liked riding in a boat on High Rock Lake with his brother’s family and just loved “going down to the farm.” He liked puttering in the yard at his house and pouring over flower catalogs In order to plan for next year’s garden. He was proud of his service in World War II and loved going to Washington D.C. to soak up more of America’s history.
He really believed in education for all kids as a way to help them reach their potential. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, colleague, and friend.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Joyce Y. Price; his two daughters: Kim Weaver and husband Grey of Winston-Salem, N.C. ; Lynne Edwards and husband Mike of Waxhaw, NC; his son, John Price and wife Kara of Concord, NC.; his step daughter, Diane McDowell and husband Sam of Greensboro NC; his sister, Hannah Warren of Apex, NC; his brother Alfred Price and wife Rickie of Salisbury NC; his grandchildren, Erin Weaver Smith, Rebecca Weaver Stewart, Abby Weaver Jackson, Suzanne Edwards O’Dell, Wesley Edwards, Ian Edwards, Esther Edwards, Avery Price, Kenzie Price, Claire McDowell; his great grandchildren, Dylan Stewart, Wyatt O’Dell.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Fair Funeral Home in Eden and other times at his home at 1325 Tellowee Rd, Eden, NC 27288. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Leaksville United Methodist Church, 603 Henry Street, Eden, NC 27288, or to Barium Springs Home for Children, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs NC 28010, or to Hospice of Rockingham County, 2150 NC Highway 65, Wentworth NC. 27375. Online condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.fairfuneralhome.com