James Carter Price
James Carter Price, 85, locally known as Jim Price, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Born Sept. 18, 1930, in Shepherdstown, he was the son of the late James Holland Price and Sallie E. (McKee) Price. He was the last survivor of five generations of the Price family.
Jim was a graduate of Shepherdstown High School, studied at Shepherd University and West Virginia University and obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1956.
He began his veterinary practice in Philippi, Barbour County, and after three years, he returned to his
hometown and practiced large animal medicine for some 30 years. He then became a veterinary consultant for Southern States, where he traveled throughout several states as a nutritional and breeding advisor for large animals.
After retiring, he became an avid historian, lecturer and storyteller. In 1956, he started publishing a twice-monthly column in the Shepherdstown Chronicle titled “Deja Vues.” One hundred fifty-nine articles were published. His story telling ability came into demand for area civic organizations. He wrote the text for brochures for History of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church; Walking Tour Guide of Shepherdstown; The Entler Hotel; and the Civil War Self-Guided Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. He wrote the text for the Civil War roadside marker in Elmwood Cemetery and gave many lectures about interesting facts and famous people interred there which he called “The Testimony of the Rock.” He authored the text for “See Shepherd’s Town, Vol. III and wrote his book, …and so I did, Stories of Shepherdstown, which was published and dedicated during the town’s 250 anniversary. His final lecture was presented at the Byrd Center entitled, Strange as it Seems, Things That Actually Happened in Shepherdstown.
Jim was an ordained deacon and elder in the PCUSA, a lay minister, and a former moderator of the Shenandoah Presbytery.
He was honored with numerous awards, including: Shepherdstown High School Outstanding Alumni; Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Club of Shepherdstown); Jefferson Davis Award for Historic Preservation (WV UDC); Historic Preservation Award (Sons of American Revolution); Historic Preservation Award (Historic Shepherdstown); Historic Preservation Award (Jefferson County Historical Commission);
West Virginia History Hero (WV Division of Culture and History, 2002); Honorary Doctor of Humanities (Shepherd University, 2005); and appointed Historian Laureate for Shepherdstown (Town Council, 1999), the first and only one in the state of West Virginia.
Jim was a member of the Henry Kyd Douglas Camp Sons of the Confederate Veterans; a charter member of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown; served on the board of directors of Elmwood Cemetery; and was a member of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission.
He was preceded in death by his late wife, Sallye Seibert Price, in 2009; his only child, James Carter Price III, in 1989; and two brothers, H. McKee Price and Kirkland S. Price. He is survived by his nieces, France Doherty and husband, Dan, of New Market, Maryland and Nancy Moshier and husband, Bob, of Charles Town; two nephews, Jeff Seibert and Joby Seibert; a great-nephew, Tommy Price Ripple; and other extended familymembers.
Jim is also survived by his fiancee, Linda L. Kelso, of Martinsburg.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington St., with Dr. Randall Tremba officiating.
Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elmwood Cemetery or the Shepherdstown Museum.
Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.
Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.