Veteran educator Rex Price dies
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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Retired veteran schoolman and minister Rex M. Price, a former Gilmer Elementary School principal and ex-Superintendent of Union Grove ISD, died Wednesday morning at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. He was 87.

Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Enoch Cemetery with Andy Plunk officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Saturday (tonight) at Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer.

Price, who lived near Gilmer on FM Road 852, had been ill for more than a month after being injured in three falls over a 2-day period, said his daughter, Elaine Quarles. He died at 10:45 a.m.

It was Price who announced to Gilmer Elementary students on Nov. 22, 1963, that President John F. Kennedy and then-Texas Gov. John Connally had been shot in Dallas, and that the President had died. He became elementary principal here in or before 1960, and remained in that post through at least 1966, later serving as Union Grove superintendent for part of the 1980s.

Price, whose late wife Pauline taught math at Gilmer Junior High School in the 1960s, spent about 40 years in the field of education, said Mrs. Quarles, including stints as Daingerfield High School principal, junior high principal at Lake Jackson, and teaching in Longview ISD.

He also had pastored two Baptist churches, including Macedonia Baptist in the Pittsburg area, after receiving a degree in divinity from a Ft. Worth seminary.

Born in Livingston on May 1, 1926, Price grew up mainly in the East Mountain community of Upshur County, graduating from East Mountain High School before that school district was abolished by consolidating with Gilmer in the mid-1960s. He married the former Pauline Ray on May 14, 1944, and she died May 31, 2005.

He received a bachelor’s degree in education from what was then East Texas Baptist College (now East Texas Baptist University) as well as master’s degrees in psychology, education, and education administration. He obtained the master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, North Texas State University and East Texas State Teacher’s College (now Texas A&M University at Commerce).

Price had a rich baritone speaking voice, and Mrs. Quarles noted that a radio station once unsuccessfully tried to hire him.

A daughter, Dr. Paula Price, preceded him in death. Price, who was an only child, is survived by Mrs. Quarles and her husband, Joe Quarles, of Gilmer; a granddaughter, Kendra Franklin of Gilmer; a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Garza of Longview; and a great-grandson, Carlie Franklin of Gilmer.

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