September 18, 100,
Daniel Dortch Price died September 18, 2020 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC.
Born January 28, 1920, Dortch was a lifetime resident of the Pricetown community. He served in the United States Army Air Corp. in the Pacific theater during WWII. Upon returning to Pricetown after the war, Dortch tended the family farm as well as taught agriculture at Moss Hill and Seven Springs Schools. He soon opened Dortch Price Electric and was the community electrician until retiring in 1982. After retiring he worked part-time as an electrical inspector with the Wayne County Inspections Department until 1999.
Dortch was always involved in his community. He was a founding member of Pricetown Volunteer Fire Department where he was an active member for many years, remaining the Department Chaplain until 2004. He was a lifetime member of Zion United Methodist Church and was head of the building committee for the new Zion Church. In 1949, Dortch and his new bride rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle to Sanford to purchase the brick, with only a handshake and a promise to pay, to build the new church. He served as the church superintendent from 1950-1972.
Dortch loved people and the multitude of conversations that ensued. He was known to talk with strangers as though he’d known them all his life. Even when his hearing and vision began to fail, the company of others and the many stories that ensued, were truly relished by him.
Dortch was preceded in death by his parents Daniel Darius and Launa Alice Price, sisters Dorothy Sanford and Audrey Bell, and brother Rex Price, and a grandson Robert A. Ray III.
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Iva Lois, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law Glenda and Billy Davis, and a son and daughter-in-law Danny and Gina Price, all of the Pricetown area; three grandsons, five great granddaughters; two great grandsons; one great great grandson; one great great granddaughter; and a host of nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will be held at Pineview Cemetery at 4 pm on Sunday, Sept. 20, with the Reverend Doug Johnson and the Reverend Walter Gaskins presiding. Friends, relatives, and neighbors are warmly welcomed to visit the family at the residence in the heart of Pricetown.