Dillard Hugh Price, 86, Hugh’s Backhoe Service owner who served with US Navy in WWII

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Veteran flagDillard Hugh Price, of Southport, died Sept. 5, 2015, at Ocean Trail Nursing Center. He was 86.

Mr. Price was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Brunswick County, son of the late Francis Dillard Price and Evie McDowell Price.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in WWII. Following his service in the Navy, he worked as a civil servant at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point for nearly 30 years. Following his retirement, he owned and operated Hugh’s Backhoe Service. Mr. Price was a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Island and he previously served in other local baptist churches as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Price was preceded in death by his first wife Emmer Lee Price.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Dosher Gerding Price; son, Dwayne Price and wife Patti Gail, of Bolivia; daughters, Linda Melton and husband John, of Wilmington and Cathy Brown and husband Keith, of Southport; stepson, Glenn Gerding and wife Alethea, of Chapel Hill; stepdaughter, Melody G. Millsaps and husband Kent, of Monroe; grandchildren, April Stewart and husband Blaize, Jennifer L. Price, Meredith Hoffman and husband Peter, Allison Mainhart, Jonathan Brown and Jessica Brown; great-grandchildren, Amelia Gail Stewart, Henry Samuel Hoffman, Hannah Rebekah Hoffman, Aiden Smith and Nathan Mainhart; and step-grandsons, Graham Gerding and Jackson Gerding.

The funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Oak Island, with the Rev. Charlie Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Northwood Cemetery in Southport. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Greg Cumbee, Larry Price, Tommy Brendle, Roger Harrington, Jonathan Brown and Dale McDowell. Herbert Swain will be an honorary pallbearer.

Memorial contributions may be to First Baptist Church of Oak Island, 4608 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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