Billy Ray Price

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Sept. 20, 1929 — July 17, 2018

LUCAMA — Billy Ray Price, 88, passed away early Tuesday morning at Wilson Medical Center.

Billy was born in Wilson County on Sept. 20, 1929 to the late Eddie and Smithie Moore Price. Billy served his country in the United States Army. He was employed with Southern Testing, now known as Microbac Laboratories, for more than 50 years. Billy was a pioneer and leader in advancing the science as applied to tobacco and other crops. He was one of the first to test the concept of greenhouse growing tobacco plant sets for more uniform growth. This is now a standard practice in the industry. He also led research improving tobacco sucker control with an in-stem injection approach and as a result led to concepts for more pounds per tobacco plant.

The family will receive friends 7 - 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Kenly Funeral Service. A service to celebrate his life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, in the Chapel of Kenly Funeral Service. Burial will follow in the Upper Black Creek Church Cemetery.

Billy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia Creech Price; son, Bill Price, and wife, Joy of Lucama; daughter, Beth Price Skinner, and husband, Keith, of Wake Forest; brother, Eddie M. Price, and wife, Evelyn of Wilson; grandchildren, Mary Sander, William Price, Rebecca Talton, Joshua Price, Hannah Price, Wesley Skinner and Ashley Skinner; and his great-grandchildren, Riley Smith, Sophie Price, Corbin Price and Jeremiah Sander.

Although flowers are welcome, memorials may be made to the Upper Black Creek Church, c/o Sandra Murray, 6608 Blalock Road, Lucama, NC 27851.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kenlyfs.com.