Local residents remember business leader Sam Price


ELKINS — Local residents are sharing fond memories of a noted Elkins businessman.

Sam Price, 91, the longtime owner and operator of The Printcrafter’s in Elkins, passed away Saturday morning.

A World War II veteran of the Navy, Price lived a life devoted to family, printing craftsmanship, civic organizations and his faith.

“Sam was definitely one of the finest men I have ever known,” said Curtis Elmore, who was a member with Price of Royal Arch Masons, Elkins Chapter 35, for many years.

“He was a dedicated, hardworking businessman,” he added. “He was very religious, and devoted to his faith. He led by example.”

Price became a Mason in 1948, and was loyal to the organization for more than 70 years.

Willard Herron, a former Elkins mayor, Randolph County sheriff and Randolph County commissioner, also offered warm memories of Price.

“Sam Price and I were both businessmen in Elkins for many years at the same time,” Herron said. “Sam and I once opposed each other for the mayor of Elkins. When the final count was tallied I won the election. We both ran a clean campaign and were friends for many years. Sam was a fine man.”

Price bought The Printcrafter’s company in 1962, when it was still a fledgling business in Elkins.

He built up the business over the years, creating a reputation for quality and professionalism. He owned The Printcrafter’s for more than 35 years, retiring in 1998 and selling the business to his son, Kent Price.

He was a founder and elder of the First Christian Church of Elkins. The church was founded in 1974, and he was actively involved in the church for the rest of his life.

Price also was well-known locally for the 1922 Stanley Steamer he owned, which he drove in the Mountain State Forest Festival’s Grand Feature Parade each year.

Price and his wife Wanda Lee shared 73 years of marriage.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Price’s son, minister S. Kent Price, will officiate and interment will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins, where the U.S. Navy, the H. W. Daniels Post No. 29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post No. 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct full military honors and the Elkins Lodge No. 108, A.F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic graveside rites.


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