Gary Bruce Price was born January 21, 1942 in Uba City, California to Harville Price and Louise (Rains) Price. At the age of 6 months, he moved to Oklahoma and became an OU Sooner! He was lovingly raised by his grandparents, Joy and Ruth Rains, his Aunt Margaret, and his Uncle Roy and Aunt Betty Rains. He graduated from Warner High School in 1960, married Jane Kilpatrick in 1961, and began their family in 1962 with the birth of Curtis Ray, followed by Kimberly Jean in 1963. The family would be complete with the birth of Kristen Jane in 1974.
After working 4 years at Corning Glass, the Muskogee Fire Department became Gary's passion and career for the next 29 years, until he retired from the switchboard as the Senior Communications Officer in 1994. He then worked 4 years at Waterloo. During his career as a fireman, Gary started back to school and graduated from Connors State College and later NSU with a Bachelor's degree in Education.
In 1974, Gary made the life-changing decision to accept Christ and began to enthusiastically share his faith and serve his Lord at the Keefeton Freewill Baptist Church. He loved to study the Bible, and over the years, he served as a deacon, and taught Sunday School classes and children's church.
Gary enjoyed life from every direction over the years, including racing a car at Muskogee Thunderbird Speedway, ranching a few cattle, swinging a club with his golfing buddies, and cheering on the OU Sooners. Patriotism ran deep in Gary's blood, and he would stand and salute every patriotic song and flag. He also loved to sing and attend gospel and bluegrass concerts with his family. Gary never met a stranger and was especially fond of mentoring children.
Gary passed away Monday, January 15, 2018, and was preceded in death by his parents; and Uncle Junior Rains, his Aunts Margaret and Sally; step mother Oneta Davenport Price, brother, John Davenport; and three grandchildren: Benjamin, Jeremiah, and Jordan Allison.
He will leave behind Jane, his wife of fifty-six years, and his children: Curt Price, Kimberly Allison (Herb), and Kristen Price (Scott); his grandchildren: Caleb, Bethany, Timothy, Joseph (Shaelee), Hannah-Grace, and Jubilee Allison; Sarah, Susannah, Natalie, Andrew, and Charlie Price; his great grandchildren: Brantley and Baylor; his brother, Tommy Greene and sister, Judy Breshears; brothers, Jim and Joe Davenport; his uncle, Roy and Aunt Betty, special niece and nephew, Jenna Bowen and Cary Lee Rains, along with a host of loving cousins and special friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 - 7:30 Thursday, January 18 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Services will be at 2:00, Friday, January 19, at Keefeton Freewill Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Cardell Coppin. Interment will follow at Agnew Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on January 17, 2018