Jim Price, 75, of Cleveland, went home on Sunday, June 16, 2019, to be with his Father God on Father’s Day. He passed away peacefully at his home.
He was born in Atlanta, Ga., on June 14, 1944. A member of Mount Olive Ministries, he loved God and his church.
He graduated from North Georgia Technical School in 1963 with a degree in photography and started his career as a professional photographer. His unique style and approach to portraiture gained notoriety amongst his peers in the Professional Photographers of America. He served on the board for the Tennessee chapter for 12 years, earning the rank of Master Craftsman.
He conducted many seminars across the southeast with a focus on branding and marketing of programs, including Sweet 16, Junior Miss, portrait and wedding photography. This inspired many up and coming photographers in the business and helped them to launch their own careers.
He had a passion for his craft and enjoyed the opportunity to educate people on the art that goes into a portrait.
With a career lasting over 50 years, it is not uncommon for Jim to have photographed three generations of family members, from engagements and weddings, maternity and family to the next generation of weddings and family portraits. He had a knack for forming partnerships across the community that networked to support local business, as well as promote many on a national level.
His photography and unmatched vision were his passion.
The proudest accomplishment of all his career, was an invite and display of two of his portraits that were on loan at Epcot Center. He was a true artist in every sense of the word.
One of the founding members of “The Liar’s Table,” he could be seen almost every morning at a local restaurant, knowing whose strings to pull for a well instigated laugh.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Willard Price; his mother, Nelle English Price; his brother, Mike Price; and his mother-in-law, Anna Dearth.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife and soulmate, Melissa J. Price; daughter, Sandy Sheafer; son, Clay Price; stepdaughter, Ashley Curtis and husband, Jeremy; stepson, Barry Semak; sister, Jane Henderson; grandchildren: Erica Walker, Lucas Sheafer, Maria Sheafer, Alexis Curtis, Grant Curtis; great-granddaughter, Ariana Walker; father-in-law, James S. Dearth; sister-in-law, Adie Price; brothers-in-law: James G. Dearth and wife, Teresa, and Randy Dearth; as well as many loved nieces and nephews and family members.
The family will receive friends today, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the chapel of Companion Funeral and Cremation Service.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Mount Olive Ministries, located at 3522 Harrison Pike, with Pastor James Sears and Pastor Gary Sears officiating. Pallbearers will include Vernon West, Tom Hensley, Tim Waldrop, Tom Johnson, Bob Burris, Knox McGowan, Gene Officer and Tom Crye. Honorary Pallbearers will include all his friends at “The Liar’s Table”.
Interment will immediately follow at the Tasso United Methodist Cemetery.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Jim, or your condolences with his family, at his online memorial located at www.companionfunerals.com.
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