Reverend Everett Ray Price, 86, of West Columbia, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021. He was born May 16, 1935 in Hickory, NC to the late Floyd and Ila Price.
Services will be held 11:00 a.m. December 27, 2021 at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church officiated by Rev. Gina Metze, Bishop Emeritus David Donges, Rev. Arden Hallman and Bishop Ginny Aebischer. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 26, 2021 at Barr-Price Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, 3011 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC 29169.
Rev. Price graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College (now University) in Hickory, NC in 1956 and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC in 1959. He was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in June of that same year. He accepted a call to develop a new Lutheran congregation in Lincolnton, NC which they named Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In 1968, he moved to Hartsville, SC to develop Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. In 1985, Rev. Price accepted the call to become Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in West Columbia, SC where he remained until his retirement at the end of 1999. After retirement, Pastor Price remained active by serving as an Interim Pastor (Orangeburg Lutheran – 3 times; St. Thomas, Chapin, SC; St. Luke, Columbia, SC; St. Timothy, Camden, SC) and Supply Pastor which he loved. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He delighted in sharing what he grew with friends and family.
Rev. Price is survived by his daughter, Scottie (David) Marsh and cherished grandson, Jacob Mathias Marsh; sister, Wilma Austin of Hickory, NC; brother, Harold (Jean) Price of Conover, NC; sisters-in-law, Dot Mathias and Gloria Mathias of West Columbia, Sandra Price of Conover, NC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Rev. Price was predeceased by his beloved wife, Bernice Mathias Price; sister, Dorothy Killian; brother, Darrell Price; as well as his parents. Special thanks for loving care to Dr. Frederic Smith, Dr. Keith Brightbill, Lutheran Hospice, Kindred at Home and Ms. Andreak Foster.