Mr. Walter Lee Price passed away on July 12, 2020, after fighting a long battle with lung disease.
Walter was born on July 2, 1934, to parents Gordan Lee Price and Margaret Keaton Price. His life was filled with adventure, lots of love, laughter, and hardships. His parents were sharecroppers, moving around north west Georgia frequently. From his mother’s side of the family he developed a great love for music. From his father’s side he learned the valuable lesson of hard work.
Walter had three siblings. Rosa Price Parmentier, whose late husband was Pat Parmentier; Howard Price who is married to Janice Melear Price; and Mary Price Clay who recently lost her husband, Richard Clay.
Walter grew up very active in sports, especially basketball. He often told the story of the first time he was ever introduced to a football as a high schooler. He would fondly tell stories of his high school coach and later friend, the late Mr. Dave Hardin. After graduating from Buchanan High School, he joined the army and was stationed in Korea for two years during the Korean war.
When he returned home from Korea, he met Rachel Annette Griggs and they were married by Reverend Schultz in March of 1957. They shared a life together for 58 years, until her death in 2015. They have two children, Sheree Price and Lori Price Garner who is married to Sidney Garner. Walter is blessed with five grandchildren. Gabrielle Robinson whose spouse is Cody McLarty, Brett Argo, Breanna and Skyler Williams, Alea and Bret Kent, Arielle and Rhet Tolleson. He also has eleven great-grandchildren. Great-grandchildren include Amaley Robinson, Arston Robinson, Hayven Harper, Liam Harper, Jack Williams, Charleigh Annette Williams, Sydney Hannah Kent, Zealand Kent, Eden Kent, Caroline Tolleson and Kennedy Tolleson.
Walter loved his family and he thrived from helping others. He leaves a legacy of being known for his tall tales, entrepreneurship, hunting and fishing talents, Lee Fabricators the business he built, as well as his love for District Line and his ability to lead the church in songs. He had a love for life that was infectious. He began his work career at Lockheed in Marietta and eventually became the plant manager for Haralson Metals of Bremen, Ga. for twenty-five years.
Never idle, his love of quail hunting consumed his spare time in the fall, basketball games in the winter and fishing in the spring. In his other spare time, he welded and created many things with his talents and knowledge of stainless steel. He would weld outside his house, disconnecting the dryer and using the voltage to plug up his welder.
In 1977, he built a small barn like structure in his back yard, and officially started Lee Fabricators. Along with his eighty something year old father, his oldest daughter, and his time prior to work, during lunch breaks and after work, he began making his dream come true of being a business owner. He built a business as a manufacturer of stainless-steel products. The stainless-steel feet that he made was on the commercial stoves that were located in the White House. He began making handlebars for Harley Davidson in the eighties and on February 23, 2013, Lee Fabricators was presented Industry of the Year. Of all the achievements, his greatest joy was in his ability to help others and his family. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and experiencing the cultures of many places like Egypt, Rome, France, the Scandinavian countries, Israel, and the Holy Land, along with most of the United States and Canada.
Walter lived a good, long life that he enjoyed to the fullest. He loved to talk and make people smile. He had an uncanny act for telling stories, some true and many not true with a hint of truth blended within the story. His vision of heaven was not like most. He didn’t desire the mansions, but he did long for the streams and the beautiful land filled with quail. He loved Jesus and he is now singing, dancing, and enjoying being with all his dear friends and relatives like Milton Price, his mother and father and his wife, Rachel, who have gone on before him. Walter is not sick any longer but enjoying all that heaven can afford. He will be missed by many while his legacy lives on!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a private funeral service will be held for the immediate family with Mary Clay officiating and music furnished by Harold McWhorter. The service will be live streamed and shared on Hutcheson's Memorial Chapel Facebook page.
A public graveside homegoing service for Walter Price will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 2:00 pm from District Line United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Richard Brannon will be officiating with music rendered by Andy Hagan. Following the recommendation of the CDC and state guidelines during this pandemic, as well as at the request of the family, all attending will be required to wear a mask and maintain a safe distance. Should you not have a mask one will be provided. The following gentlemen will be honorary pallbearers, Joshua Clay, Scott Price, Arston Robinson, Jack Williams, Liam Harper, Zealand Kent, Skyler Williams, Cody McLarty, and Lee Fab Employees. Military honors will be rendered by the Haralson County Veterans Association.
Memorial contributions may be sent to District Line UMC, 3044 Morgan Road, Bremen, GA 30110.
Hutcheson's Memorial Chapel and Crematory of Buchanan is honored to serve the Price family.
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