Judith Williams Price
So Dearly Loved
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.