Leatha Amelia Wells Price

Published 11:40 am Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Leatha Amelia Wells Price “Granny” passed away the evening of Aug. 31, 2014, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson. At age 86, although she dearly loved her family, she was ready to go home — she wanted to see Jesus.

She most recently resided at the Home Place of Madison, but also enjoyed extended stays with her children and grandchildren.

Leatha was born in Waterproof, La., on June 14, 1928, to Bennie and Carrie Wells. She grew up in Vicksburg in the Redwood Community with siblings Louise, Marvie Lee (lovingly called “Brother”), Elijah, Dorothy “Dot”, Luther, and Charles. During her youth, she enjoyed playing basketball for the Redwood Rockets and visiting her Aunt Ruth in Memphis.

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She wed the love of her life, Sam Price Jr., “Poppa” on Sept. 26, 1947, and they were blessed with six children. As a young family they resided in Vicksburg and Pine Bluff, Ark. In later years, the family moved to Tyler, Texas, but eventually returned to their hometown of Vicksburg.

Leatha loved to read and watch TV game shows, but her biggest enjoyment came from creating memories with her family. She boasted of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild at her every opportunity.

She is survived by five of her children, Wanda James and Patty Mixon both of Forney, Texas, Sam “Yogi” Price lll (Sheron) of Tyler, Texas, Alisa Sullivan (James) of Clinton, and Tina Nasif (Butch) of Vicksburg; 12 grandchildren, Lea Smith Rigby (Van III), Jessica James Boothe (Patrick), Jaklyn James McKenna (Mark), Kelsey Mixon Hamessley (Clint), Chris Mixon (Jordan), Hayden Price, Peyton Price, Aubree Sullivan Caves, Scott Sullivan, Jake Sullivan, Carrie Nasif (Cooper Osteen), and Millan Nasif;  10 great-grandchildren, Jordan Reuter, Van Rigby IV, Sammi, Briar, and Knox Boothe, Colt McKenna, Madi Hamessley, Parker Price, and Abigail and Cooper Caves; and one great-great-grandchild, Timrie Venable.

She is preceded in death by her husband Sam Price Jr.; daughter, Linda Price Smith; son-in-law Fred James; her parents and her siblings.

Services will be Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Glenwood Funeral Home, located at 145 Hwy. 80, Vicksburg. The family will receive visitors beginning at 11 a.m. with the funeral following at 1 p.m. Pastor Matt Friedeman will officiate.

Pallbearers include James Sullivan, Butch Nasif, Van Rigby lll, Scott Sullivan, Hayden Price, Jake Sullivan, Mark McKenna, Patrick Boothe, Cooper Osteen, Chris Mixon, and Millan Nasif.

Honorary pallbearers include Clint Hamessley, Peyton Price and Van Rigby IV.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leatha’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, The Home Place, Madison, Mississippi, or Jacob’s Ladder Learning Center, Vicksburg.