Palmer Lee Price, 79, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.
He was born on March 5, 1942, in Montgomery County to Cloyd Palmer Price, Jr., and Sylvia Moore Price. He was a 1961 graduate of Blacksburg High School. He married Phyllis Alls Price on Aug. 5, 1966, at Blacksburg United Methodist Church.
He was retired from Virginia Tech after many years of service in the Plant Pathology Department. Upon retirement, he spent his time restoring antique cars, restoring and collecting antique guns, handcrafting knives, watching wildlife, traveling with Phyllis, and doting on his granddaughters. Palmer truly loved life, his family, and living in the valley on Catawba Road. He was declared the unofficial mayor of the valley and was always welcoming and willing to help any neighbors and friends in need.
Palmer was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Thomas Price. He is survived by his loving wife; children Tracey Bernardo (Ken) of Charlotte and Travis Lee Price of Blacksburg; sister Patty Trump (David) of Pembroke; brother Rocky Price of Blacksburg; granddaughters Lauren and Clara Bernardo of Charlotte; and a nephew, Adam Pearman of Blacksburg.
Family and friends are invited to the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr SW, Blacksburg, from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, for visitation and a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Burial proceedings will be at a family cemetery on the family’s land on Catawba Road. Parking will be limited, and boots will be needed to walk through the field to the gravesite.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad or Good Samaritan Hospice.