Joe Bob Price

October 20, 1937November 28, 2012

Joe Bob Price, age 75, life-long resident of Plano, died November 28, 2012 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas. Joe Bob was born on October 20, 1937, the son of Frank Price and Lurene Rice Price. He was a retired Insurance Agency owner. He is survived by his loving wife Deanna of Gun Barrel City. Also surviving are his two daughters, Jill Price and Jan Eckensberger and her husband Scott and by his granddaughter, Evy Eckensberger, all of Plano; his brother, Jack Price and wife Betty of Waxahachie; his aunt, Helen Wiggs of Garland and by his niece, Elizabeth Sullivan of Austin.

It is befitting that Joe Bob's memorial service should be held at the First Christian Church in Plano because growing up in the church was an important part of his life. He left the following written recollections for his family and friends, "I was raised in the First Christian Church. As I recall, the church had stadium seating with the adults sitting in the front and us kids sitting in the balcony. When we made too much noise, I can remember making eye contact with my dad up front and I thought Uh-Oh." Frank Price must have been the disciplinarian in the family because Joe Bob also wrote, "I remember going home with a big red "F" on my report card in citizenship. Mother would not sign it, and I had to take it to Dad. He told me,"You don't have to learn anything, but at least you could behave!" Joe Bob later became a junior deacon and a full deacon in the church so some of the Good Book must have eventually rubbed off on him.

After graduating from high school in Plano, Joe Bob attended college at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M, Commerce where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternal Order. He returned to Plano and purchased the Buddy Carpenter Insurance Agency. Maybe the relationship with Buddy helped Joe Bob develop his well deserved reputation as a prankster. You were always afraid to turn your back on either of them because they were legendary for plotting mischief. On a more serious side, Joe Bob was a faithful Rotarian serving as president of the Plano Rotary Club and also served on the Collin County Appraisal Board for 19 years. He gave back to the community in so many ways.

Visitation will be at the Ted Dickey Funeral home on Sunday evening, December 2nd from 6 until 8pm. A memorial service will be held on Monday December 3rd at 1:30pm at the First Christian Church. The family will greet friends after the service. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers can do so to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 813 East 15th Street, Plano, TX 75074.


  • Memorial Service Monday, December 3, 2012

Joe Bob Price

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Roger & Carol Morel

December 2, 2012

We extend our deepest sympathy to Deanna and the family for their loss. May God comfort you and your family.
Roger & Carol Morel

December 1, 2012

"Joe was a very good neighbor of ours here in Gun Barrel City.
We will miss him greatly!! He loved to talk & I think that is what we will miss about him most. Those great conversations and his famous beans at our annual July 4th parties."
Rest In Peace Friend. ♥♥♥♥
Jim & Rita Hux

Denny & Nita Darby

November 30, 2012

We extend our sincere regrets to Joe Bob's famly for their loss. We have nothing but happy thoughts about our college years with Joe Bob at East Texas State.

June Moorman (Vincent)

November 30, 2012

Joe will be missed by so many. May God comfort your family and friends.

November 30, 2012

Although I have not seen Joe Bob in decades, as a member of the community of Old Plano I remember him fondly as a part of the larger "family" of friends we had in those days. I remember his good humor, recall attending his wedding, and always appreciated his respectful and playful way of relating to me as a little kid. No doubt that Joe Bob will be widely and deeply missed.

Fred Griffin
Dallas, Texas

Judy Franklin

November 30, 2012

It was always your great smile that I loved. You will be missed and always loved by so many people that called you FRIEND.

Daniel Long, Sr.

November 30, 2012

Joe Bob, love your time with GOD as we know you loved you time and life in Plano for all of the great years. Peace be with you and your love ones.

Daniel K. Long, Sr. (Plano, TX)

Beano & Barb Gunter

November 30, 2012

We will miss your great smile and the happiness you projected. You were a wonderful person and a good friend. God Bless and keep you,
Beano & Barb Gunter

Larry Dunn

November 29, 2012

Joe Bob go with God. You will always be part of our memories. Peace be with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.