Jimmie Lee Price, 82, of Seattle passed away at Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus in Seattle, Washington on January 16, 2021.
Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. Masks are required and social distancing is expected for those wishing to attend. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Negro College Fund; a direct link will be posted at the bottom of Jimmie’s obituary.
Jimmie was born in Beauregard (Copia), Mississippi on July the 6th, 1938, the son of John Price & Emma (Price) Williams. A Graduate of the University of Maryland, with a degree in Financing and Accounting, Jimmie was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and served during the Vietnam Conflict. He was one of a very few to achieve the rank of Chief Master Sgt very early in his military career. Jimmie was recognized for his outstanding ability to discover and resolve difficult problems quickly.
On April 23, 1960 at Holy Rosary church in Brooklyn, NY he was united in marriage to Mary C. Babin. Soon after their wedding they moved to Spokane, WA where Jimmie started a new military assignment. They lived in Spokane for about a year.
The young couple started a family soon after moving from Spokane with the birth of their son, Kevin in 1961 and their daughter, Lisa in 1963. Military life took the young family to San Antonio, Texas, Japan and Alaska.
Jimmie’s final assignment was Anchorage, Alaska in 1977 where he was promoted to the Base Superintendent of Elmendorf AFB, AK. While at Elmendorf AFB, among many other important accomplishments, he was especially proud and instrumental in helping National Guard temporary personnel assigned to the base, gain access to the hobby and woodworking facilities during their off-time.
He retired from the military in Alaska and went to work for the State of Alaska where for 20 years he served as Chief of Administration and Accounting for the Division of Parks and Recreation.
In 2010 Jim and Mary left Alaska for the Pacific Northwest and settled in Seattle to be closer to their daughter and grand daughters, Nia and Cypress. There were many things that meant a great deal to Jimmie: his family, his music, military Service, and a good game of golf.
In his earlier years, Jimmie was a member of the singing group “The Adelphis” and the group produced a song: “Kathleen” during the early 1950’s which can still be heard on YouTube. Whether it was Bach, or Duke Ellington, he absolutely loved and cherished music. His other love was golf and he used his extraordinary and deep knowledge of the game to teach golf, volunteering at the high school that his grand daughters attended. He was loved and admired by his student golfers!
Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife of 61 years, Mary; his son, Kevin J. Price; his daughter, Lisa A. Price; his two beautiful granddaughters, Nia and Cypress-Nasciment; brothers, Jerry Williams and partner, Patrice of Chicago; George L. and Teresa Conley of St. Louis; and Carson Price of Supply, North Carolina. He also leaves behind his Aunt Flossie Price-Johnson of South Carolina, and his Uncle Sam Price of Supply, North Carolina; his beloved sister-in-law Rene Price of Brooklyn, N.Y., his brother-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Ronald and Sandra Wilson, Leonard and Laura Wilson of Brooklyn and Bennett and Lily Wilson and family of the Philippines; His beloved Aunt Ethel Bryant of California and many cousins, nieces and nephews he was so proud of.
He was deeply loved by so many for his kind and generous spirit and will be forever missed!
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Celeste Price-Fisher.
Online condolences may be shared with Jimmie’s family at www.ColumbiaFuneralHome.com and in lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Jimmie’s life may be made to https://uncf.org/ The United Negro College Fund.
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