Judith Williams Price

Friday, August 9, 1940 - Saturday, March 25, 2023

So Dearly Loved

Photo of Judith Williams Price  - 1940-2023

Judith Williams Price who was fondly called Judy, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the age of 82. Mrs. Price was a native of Canton and a long-time resident of Mills River.

Judy was born August 9, 1940, to the late Earl Hamilton Williams Sr. and Sybil Greene Williams. She graduated from Canton High School in 1958. She attended Woman's College (now UNC-Greensboro) earning her Bachelor's Degree in Education and later earned her Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University. She taught elementary education in Haywood County, Asheville City, 3 years in Georgia, and the majority of her 30-year career in Henderson County schools, having taught hundreds and hundreds of children. Judy loved to travel with family and friends with many trips to the TPC golf tournament in Jacksonville, the beach, and around the globe. She devoured books and her Wednesday book club was very important to her. She set an example of faithful determination in her yoga class every Monday and Wednesday morning. She always enjoyed being in her flowers, adding new ones annually, going to plant sales with special friends, and cutting fresh flowers for the table. Gathering with her family was most important, and she always hosted her favorite holiday of Thanksgiving and served up traditional food on New Year's Day. Her granddaughters were a joy to her. She made every event she could and supported them in all their endeavors. She was a proud native of Canton, NC, and enjoyed visits with her family and to special events like the Labor Day Parade. Although not accomplished, she would play golf at High Vista with the ladies and in the hilly dillies for years. She was often described as sweet but a resilient fighter was used just as much or more. One of her last conversations with her daughter included the statement, "I won't let cancer get me down."

Judy was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of almost 58 years, and her high school sweetheart, Thomas Franklin Price. She was completely devoted to him, caring for him when she was sick herself. They did many things together through the years including cooking together for themselves, family, or dinner parties. They played golf at High Vista together. They traveled together, visited friends together, and laughed together. But, most often mentioned among friends is watching them dance together.

Judy is survived by her children, Mark Franklin Price of Etowah, and Paige Price Melton and her husband, Scott Melton of Fletcher; grandchildren, Hadley and Raelie Melton; a brother Earl H. Williams Jr. and his wife Linda of Nashville, TN; a sister Janice Holland and her husband, Skip of Bethel; several cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and many dear friends. She loved them all in their individual ways.

Her family is deeply grateful to the loving individuals of The Landings of Mills River and Four Seasons Hospice for helping care for Judy in her final months.

A service of remembrance will be held at 11:00am, June 3, 2023, at her church, French Broad Baptist at 182 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28791 with Pastor Kemuel Pruitt officiating. A reception to follow at the church.

Memorials may be sent to the Henderson County Public Library. Contact the Library Administration at (828) 697-4725 for more information.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be caring for the Price family.


Condolences from family and friends

My sympathy and prayers for comfort are with Judy’s family and all who are grieving the loss of this special woman. I’m so glad I was blessed to have known her. She was an inspiration to me. I smile as I envision her and Tom dancing together again.
Kris Hargis
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Judy was a fighter of cancer for a lot of years. There wasn't a giving-up bone in her body. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Juanita Clark Dixon
Judy was my friend in high school; our husbands-to-be played football together; we double-dated. Her friendship never changed. I never saw her when she wasn’t smiling. We enjoyed visiting at teachers’ meetings. Judy was an example to all during her long illness. I will miss her. Condolences to her family.
Bonnie Matthews Stamey
My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know Judy during my high school years. She was truly a special lady.
Amelia Robinson Plowden
Our heartfelt sympathy to Paige, Mark and their family. Judy was a sweet, dear lady. We will always remember her sweet smile and joy; how she was so invested in others; and her driving on our street in her red Prius.
Stephanie & Dave Snider
When I think of Judy I always see her with a warm smile and a kind word. No matter what she was going through herself, her light always shined. She had a warm heart and a strong spirit. It was a pleasure to know her. She will be sorely missed in our community.
Dale Karl
Sincere condolences to Paige, Mark and all your family. We loved both Judy and Tom. They were one of the first people we met when moving to High Vista in 2004. I played golf many times with Judy & David with Tom. We will always remember the Christmas sing-alongs at their home! Judy was brave, resilient and always cheerful, even when she was unwell. I can imagine their dance together in heaven! Much love, Donna & David
Donna & David Holtsclaw
I grew up a few houses down from Judy and we payed together a lot in our childhood. So sorry reading this. My condolences to her family. Margaret R, Higgins
Margaret R. Higgins
Dear Paige, Mark and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What can we say about such a great lady and friend and neighbor over the past 35 years. She will be sorely missed in the community. We thought the world of both Tom and Judy and remember fondly those Christmas Eve gatherings and other fun times. I still have the beautiful Lennon Roses Judy gave me and they have multiplied and thrived and I’ve transplanted many and given many away. I always think of your mom when I admire them and remember her kindness over the years. Love Carolyn and Scooter
Scooter and Carolyn Jackson
Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. Judy was a 3rd grade teacher for many years at Balfour Elementary School where I had the pleasure of working with her. Your family has lost a wonderful mother and grandmother, and we know how much she will be missed. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Corum Smith & Family
Thinking of you guys! I know that your sweet mama is no longer suffering! So grateful for that assurance! Much love! Susan Reid
Susan Reid