Rev. Wright Mose Price Jr., 88, went to join his Lord and Savior on July 13, 2013, in Brownwood. He was a Baptist preacher and for 43 years pastored churches at Pottsville, Rock House, Flat, Santa Anna and West Shore Baptist, which he founded near Corpus Christi. His last pastorate was at Burkett where he served over 16 years. He loved spreading God’s word and witnessed wherever he went.

He was born to Wright Mose Price and Mazie (Malone) Price on October 14, 1924, in Cameron. He married the love of his life, Verna B. Fuller, on March 28, 1945. They were married for 68 years.

Wright was a graduate of Yoe High School in Cameron, attended the University of Texas, and graduated from the Chriswell Bible Institute in Dallas. He was a pilot, having learned to fly as a teenager when he was too young to get a pilot’s license. During World War II, at 17 years old, he joined the Naval Air Force and was an instructor for pilots to land on Naval ships in the ocean. His passion for flying lasted his lifetime. He owned, built and rebuilt small planes and always had one or more in his airplane hangar.

Wright was a man of many talents, interests and skills.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, and a ham radio enthusiast.  He drove an ambulance, worked for the railroad, the highway department and taught at the Gatesville State School.  He was an accomplished butcher and worked for Wood and Robinson, as well as A.G. Thompson Grocers in Hamilton.  He owned a blacksmith shop in Hamilton.  

He had a passion and love for traveling with his children and grandchildren. He took them to all 49 states in the contiguous USA in his “Old Blue” van, even driving to Alaska three times. The memories made during those travels will live on and be passed down for many generations to come.

He is survived by his wife, Verna, of Brownwood; daughter, Dianne Mobley and husband Jerry of Dallas; daughter, Dora Warlick and husband James of Cross Plains; daughter, Nora Odom of Cross Plains; son, Nathan Price of Brownwood; and son, David Price of Dallas; sister, Nora Martin of Houston; and brother, Stanley Price of Cameron. He is also survived by eight loving grandchildren: Kyle King, Terrill Smith, Roger Rudloff, Brandon Smith, Rodney Rudloff, Tim Price, Amy Price, and Aaron Price; 13 great-grandchildren;  and a host of extended family and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bruce Price and Jimmy Price.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or American Diabetes Association.