Colbert Don Price

Published 3:03 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Colbert Don Price passed away Sunday, July 7, at the age of 92, at his home in Cayuga, Miss. Don was a caring husband, loving father, devoted grandfather, and proud great-grandfather.

He was born December 29, 1931, to Solomon Colbert Price and Naomi Jackson Price in Utica.  Don was loved by everyone he met and always made sure to put a smile on your face. He had a passion for golf and music. For the last several years you could find him on his front porch playing his violin or in his music group (Mississippi Old Time Music).

Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years. He retired from the Corps of Engineers after working 35 years. After retiring, he wasn’t ready to stop working so he became a driver for Enterprise Car Rentals, where he had the opportunity to meet new people and engage in different conversations. During his years at Enterprise, he became well-known as “Uncle Don” to everyone he met.

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He was an active Utica United Methodist Church member for more than 30 years and a devout Christian.

Don met the love of his life, Helen Yates Price, in school. It was a love like no other, and they supported and loved each other for 71 years until Helen’s passing in 2022. They had two children: Richard Price (deceased) and Clair (Price) Purviance.

In addition to his wife and son, he was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jack Price and William Percy Price, and sisters, Josie Smith and Mary Labelle Weaver. Don leaves behind his daughter; his daughter-in-law, Carla Price; his son-in-law, Frank Purviance; his grandchildren, Chris Purviance, Alexandria Price, Heather Price, and Tara Purviance Holmes; and his great-grandchildren, Emma Purviance, Paisley Purviance, Holden Holmes, and Laynie Holmes. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews.

A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at Utica United Methodist Church with graveside following at Cayuga Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m., with the service starting at 11.

Memorials can be made to the Cayuga Cemetery Association, 6268 Old Port Gibson Road, Utica, MS 39175.