Another eulogist, Dallas Wayne the Sirius XM radio DJ for the country channel Willie's Roadhouse said Price was a gentleman off the stage as well as on, possessing "heart and soul, grace, dignity, elegance and character."
Nelson noted Price gave him his first big break when he was hired to play bass in Price's band, The Cherokee Cowboys, after Don Young (whose stage name was Johnny Paycheck) quit.
his long and deep friendship with Price, who made him his official spokesman. "He was a marvelous pal, just a good man to be around."
Over his 65 year career, Price earned the respect of his colleagues by constantly perfecting his craft, said Stubbs. "As a result, his voice is just as fresh today as it was 65 years ago."
"He asked me, 'Can you play bass?'" wrote Nelson. "I said, 'Who can't play bass?"
his wife of 45 years, Janie.
He said Price told him, "It's a pleasant town, how do you think it got that name?"
Mack brought greetings from Willie Nelson, who had called him that morning. He said Nelson told him to say "Without a Ray Price, there wouldn't have been a Willie Nelson."
Jesus brought him home to heaven "to sing for him on his birthday."
Other speakers included Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass a member of the extended Price family and former District Judge Lanny Ramsay of Mount Vernon, who got to know Price as he prepared his will.
Price was responsible for the last major musical innovation in classic country music, the 4/4 shuffling beat, noted Stubbs.
Mack as well as the other eulogists praised Price as down to earth. "He never seemed to realize he was a start, he just knew people liked to hear him sing."
The interludes in the memorial service were filled by a country music quartet playing songs such as "In the Garden", "Danny Boy" and "Let's Make a Memory Today" all Price songs on a stage before a large display of poinsettias, floral tributes, and photos of Price and Puma White And Black Shoes
Stubbs said he expressed some surprise at Price's support of a Jewish charity. He said Price's opinion was that more Christians should feel the same way, "I plan on spending eternity with one of them."
Ramsay said Price never stopped being a gentleman, and even in his last days, when they were discussing his estate, he apologized as he had to blot his nose because of an oxygen tube.
Long time country radio personality Bill Mack of Fort Worth, who knew Price for 60 years, said he asked him many years ago why he settled down in Mount Pleasant.
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"He was as good as any of his contemporaries," said Stubbs, "and no one was his superior."
Mack agreed that Price retained his vocal skills until the end, "He just got better as time went by." His last album is yet to be released.
Hundreds of people including colleagues from the music industry crowded the First Baptist Church for a memorial service Saturday afternoon honoring County Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price.
A natural gentleman, Wayne said reflecting on his given first name "He was the epitome of the word "noble".
"Well, he found out I can't play bass," said Mack as he finished Nelson's anecdote.
Eddie Puma Teal Stubbs, a radio host with the Grand Ole Opry, came from Nashville to offer condolences from the county music industry.
He credited Price's music for drawing him to his career. "He had that kind of voice that sang from the heart, you know he put his heart and soul into his music."
Both Mack and Stubbs spoke of Price's deep religious faith. Mack pointed out that both Faron Young and Marty Robbins has died in December, and he added somewhat choked up that perhaps Puma Drift Cat Ferrari
Stubbs added that Price's religious conviction was quiet but sincere, and mentioned that one time he learned Price supported a charity that helped elderly Jews immigrate to Israel from Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Bass said Price was the same as a family member as he was in public, "he was a very umble man and down to earth."
"Ray Price was just a country boy who spent a third of his life in Mount Pleasant, but was known around the world" said Stubbs.
Price died Monday in hospice care Dec. 16 after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87.
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