OAK RIDGE — Long time Oak Ridge resident, J.C. Price, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
J.C. was born July 6, 1928, in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was raised on a farm in Surgoinsville, attending Maxwell Academy for elementary school. After graduating from Surgoinsville High School, where he was a popular basketball player, better known as Sleepy Price, he enlisted in the United States Army, joining the 101st Airborne Division, becoming a paratrooper.
J.C. married the love of his life June Sanders in 1948. He attended East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University, where he studied chemistry while working at the Tennessee Eastman Chemical Company.
In 1952, he and June moved to Oak Ridge, where he accepted a position at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Analytical Chemistry Division. His work included designing the various sample and analysis programs supporting the booming experimental reactor programs at ORNL. In his 43 years at ORNL he managed several laboratories and hot cell facilities receiving numerous awards and recognition, including his teams’ contributions to the Three Mile Island accident project.
J.C. was preceded in death by June, to whom he was married for 66 years. Additionally, his parents Clarence and Rosa Price, Surgoinsville, brother Earl and sister Minnie Ruth Allen, Kingsport. Grandparents John and Josephine Clemons, and Joe B. and Mary Bentley Price.
He is survived by his four children, Steve (Diane) Price, Oak Ridge, Teresa (Joe) Price-Ross, Seattle, Washington, Keith Price, Knoxville, and Randy (Bobbie) Price, Clinton; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Four brothers, Norris, Rogersville, William (Jean) and Dennis (Carol) Surgoinsville, Donald (Phyllis), Mount Carmel.
The family received friends, Saturday, April 20, funeral service followed with Amedisys Chaplain Cherie Merritt officiating. Interment followed at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Weatherford Mortuary served the Price Family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Pat Summit Foundation Cure for Alzheimer’s in memory of J.C. and June Price.