The memorial service for Leonard Lee Price, 92, will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 1:00 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3909 Forest Drive, Columbia SC 29204. The Celebration of Life service will be conducted by The Reverend Doctor Herman R. Yoos III, Bishop of the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Senior Pastor Paul Wollner of Good Shepherd. After the service the family will greet friends at the Family Activities building.
A private burial will be held prior to the service at Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bob Bennett, Alec Chaplin, Dr. Jim Chow, Charles Crews, Liston (Sac) Edge, Herman McQuage, Britt Rowe, Doug Sheorn, and Jim Tolbert. The family requests that memorials be made to the Sarah Kathryn Stitt Memorial Fund at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in honor of Mr. Price’s late granddaughter.
Mr. Price, a humanitarian, philanthropist, and successful businessman died at his home on Sunday, June 2, 2013, from complications of melanoma.
He was the patriarch of a large and loving family. Preceding Mr. Price in death were his parents, Adam Erastus Price and Alma Lenora Wingate Price, and his sisters, Wylma Price Ulmen and Georgia Ella Price Mack. Also predeceasing Mr. Price were his first wife, Marjorie Kay Harmon, and his second wife, Jewell Kathryn Hornsby. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Sarah Kathryn Stitt. He is survived by daughters, Marjorie Kay Price Phillips (Craig), Harriet Lenora (Nonie) Price, Kathryn (Kathy) Lee Price Stitt (Cab), Susan Elizabeth (Beth) Price Tisdale (Robert). His grandchildren include Michelle Kay Phillips Sullivan, Cynthia Shannon Phillips Johnson (Michael), Elizabeth Boyd Stork, William Price Stork (Lindsey), Peter Cabot Stitt, and Robert Edward Tisdale, Jr. (fiancé, Stacey Haas). He is also survived by four great grandchildren, Sydney Michelle Sullivan, Spencer Craig Sullivan, Nina Kay Johnson, and Ian Michael Johnson. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the greatest joy of his life.
Leonard L. Price was born in Gilbert, South Carolina, on October 15, 1920. Mr. Price’s early and humble life centered on the traditional values of faith, character, integrity, and hard work. After attending and graduating from Gilbert public schools, he worked his way through Bowen’s Business College in Columbia. With his two-year accounting degree, he began his successful business career as an accountant at L.I. Guion Farms in Lugoff, SC. Later he worked as a civilian clerk at Fort Jackson. After entering the army in 1941, he spent his military years at Fort Jackson, serving in the same office where he had been a civilian clerk. Upon discharge from the army in 1944, he began his sales career with Sam Jones Pontiac in Columbia. From there he moved to Germany Roy Brown Food Brokers. Eventually he would have a long tenure as the chief executive officer of various Anheuser Busch distributorships in North and South Carolina. He retired in 2000, concluding his 56 year successful business career.
He retired to north Camden in Kershaw County over 15 years ago to enjoy his beloved hunting, fishing and farming on a daily basis. His communities where he had spent his long life were extremely important to him. He contributed generously to the Gilbert community where he was raised. Gilbert High School, Gilbert Elementary School, and the Gilbert Community Park were beneficiaries of his generosity. He also supported the Kershaw community by donating to North Central High School, North Central Middle School, Midway Elementary School, Camden Military Academy and the Kershaw County School District. He shared his property for outdoor fundraisers for Senior Resources and Columbia College. He also hosted Boy Scout and Cub Scout jamborees on his property, introducing many young men to a love of and respect for nature.
Because of his life-long belief in the value of education, instilled in him as a boy by his mother who was a school teacher, he contributed funds to renovate the Palmetto Collegiate Institute and gardens in Lexington in memory of his mother. He also contributed scholarships to the College of Nursing and the School of Library and Information Science at USC.
He served on the Board of Trustees at Columbia College. Through his generous support, the college was able to build the Leonard Price Athletic Pavilion providing a wonderful venue for their athletic programs and community events. He was awarded the Columbia College Medallion, the highest honor the college bestows, on October 27, 2011.
He gave countless hours of volunteer service to many organizations. He was a life-member of the Columbia Optimist Club, a 50-year Mason, a founding member of the Columbia Community Relations Council, a former president of the Columbia Urban League, the first president of Crime Stoppers of the Midlands, a board member of the Babcock Center, a board member of the Federation of the Blind, and a member of the board of Miss Wheelchair SC. He also served on the Lexington School District I Foundation and was an active member of the Palmetto Chapter of the Association of the US Army for many years. He served on the boards of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the SC Chamber of Commerce. He held leadership roles with the SC Restaurant Association and the SC Beer Wholesalers Association. He also served on the board of the former South Carolina National Bank.
Mr. Price’s accolades include receiving the Columbia College Medallion, the Ruth and Rallie Seigler Spirit of Giving Award of the USC College of Nursing, Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist by Senior Resources, a United Way Top Volunteer, and Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist by the National Society of fundraising Executives.
He was a member of Columbia Country Club, the former Summit Club, the Palmetto Club, and Camden Country Club.
Leonard Price demonstrated an exemplary life. He offered his colleagues, family, and friends the warmth of his friendship, the sincerity of his beliefs, and the benefits of his wisdom and honesty.