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Ridout's-Brown-Service Prattville Chapel

347 East Main Street, Prattville, AL

OBITUARY

Clarence Gray Price

July 30, 1943August 18, 2019

C. Gray Price, long time Prattville resident passed away on August 18, 2019 following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Julie Colley Price. Survivors also include a brother Robert Price (Mary), bother-in-law Louis Colley (Margaret), nieces Mary Frances Colley, Julia Colley Rooks (Hunter), Greer Colley, Melissa Kindgren (Eric), Alison Stockdale (Mike) and nephew Justin Price (Amy).

Mr. Price was born on July 30, 1943 in Marianna, Florida and graduated from Autauga County High School in 1961, followed by four years service in the United States Air Force. Mr. Price then attended and graduated Huntington College in 1969 and received his Master’s from Troy University in Educational Administration. He remained an avid supporter of Huntington College and served on the National Alumni Board. He was a beloved teacher and principal in the Autauga County School System for a number of years. In 1980, Mr. Price was elected Mayor of Prattville and served three consecutive terms. Following his service to the citizens of Prattville, Mr. Price pursued a new career as an ombudsman for the Central Alabama Aging Consortium as a patients’ rights advocate. He was a member of Prattville First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and taught the New Era Sunday School class for many years. In addition, he participated in many community organizations including the Prattville Historic Preservation Commission, Autauga County Heritage Association, Prattville Arts Counsel and Alabama Silver Hair Legislature. He was also inducted into the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Gray lived a rich and colorful life, always in service to others, always building relationships. His signature laugh and inerasable smile will be an indelible memory for Prattvillians for generations to come. Services will be held Thursday, August 22 at the Prattville First United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 100 East Fourth Street Prattville, Alabama 36067.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Tim Hall

September 9, 2019

Gray was my first bus driver when I was in the first grade in Prattville public schools. At that time school teachers weren't highly paid and made extra cash by driving a bus before and after school. Picked us up on Chester street in the late 1960s on his route, it was Bus #29--an old rickety one that somehow they kept running. Later after I enlisted in the military in 1980 I heard that he ran for mayor and was elected several times. Fond memories.

Rest In Peace.

Respectfully,
Colonel Tim Hall
US Air Force (ret)

Jan Gaines Slatton

August 21, 2019

Gray and Julie are the type of people to whom I have had the honer of knowing in my lifetime and having such a positive influence on me always as friends and family do. They are those special people you never forget. Bless you Julie, with love and respect, Jan.

Joe Adkins

August 21, 2019

What a great influence Mr. Price was to so many people. I send my thoughts and prayers to the entire Price family.

Greenville, SC

Virginia Moore-Bell

August 20, 2019

My name is Virginia Moore-Bell, and Gray worked with me under the state-wide ombudsman program for many years. When I think of Gray, I think of a person who had such joy in his life, as well as, an unbridled enthusiasm for his work. He was a strong advocate who had but one mission in mind, and that was to protect the well-being and rights of residents in the tri-county area's long-term care facilities. This scripture comes to mind when I think of Gray and his work as an ombudsman, Colossians 3:23-24, Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for me, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. I pray that God will provide strength and encouragement to the entire Price family.

Virginia

Susan Dennis-McCrory

August 20, 2019

Gray Price was one of a kind, a mentor, teacher, friend and guiding light for so many of us in our youth. I can always picture his great smile when i think of him and his quick wit. He came to most of our class reunions and knew us by name. When he and Julie (our school secretary at the time) got married we were so happy! They were a great team and really special people. Fly high into the arms of God ! You will be missed!

Mary Foster Nichols

August 20, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, he will be greatly missed.

Julie Israel Crowe

August 19, 2019

Mayor/Mr Price had a huge impact on my life and my education. When I was contemplating not finishing high school at Autauga County High, he came to visit me at home and we talked a long time about my decision and he really listened. After listening, he told me his thoughts and what he wanted to see for me going forward and that was all it took. He always supported everyone, always had a smile on his face, and a positive attitude. He was Mayor when my Dad retired (for the 3rd time) and he came to the party to help celebrate with us. He came to see me when I lost my parents. The last time I had the pleasure of seeing him was when I returned to Prattville for a class reunion and it was like no time had passed at all. I was so happy we were able to remain in touch via Facebook. RIP Gray. You meant a lot to so many and are loved and missed by us all. Thank you for all the memories and advice, and acceptance.

Darlene Jones

August 19, 2019

Mayor price was a teacher in jr. high
That I looked up to as a mentor he
Gave me strength in life after I lost
My parents at a Young Age he was
A great person Wish there were
More people just like him God Bless
His family he will be missed