Price named Corinth Outstanding Citizen

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH - Corinth attorney and an advocate of education, James Emory Price Jr. was named Outstanding Citizen of 2001 at the 39th annual Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball Friday night. The theme of this year's ball, held at Hillandale Country Club, was "A Chinese New Year."

Auxiliary President Mona Lisa Grady used a litany of adjectives, not the least of which was Rhodes Scholar, to describe this year's honored recipient, known to most as simply "Jimmy."

"Mr. Price is one of the very few, and perhaps the only, Rhodes Scholar that Corinth has ever produced, yet his brilliance is eclipsed by his humility," Grady said, quoting from his nomination file. "Mr. Price has been an exemplary husband, father and community servant."

During a long service in public education, Price has been a strong advocate for individual children and has made sure the rights and interests of the underprivileged, handicapped and minorities were protected and met.

"Of all his worthy efforts, it seems the one with which he has made the most remarkable impact is his promotion of public education," Grady said.

A lifelong resident of Corinth, Price, 75, is a product of the local school system he would later serve as a member of the board of trustees. He also has served as attorney for the school board since 1966.

He was a member of the first lay Board of Education for the State of Mississippi from 1984 to 1992.

Educational background

After graduating from Corinth High School in 1943, Price furthered his education and experiences at Tulane University, North Carolina State College, the United States Army, the University of Mississippi, Tulane University Law School, University of Mississippi Law School and St. Johns College in Oxford England as a Rhodes Scholar.

Professional career

In 1951, Price began his law practice in his hometown and is now a member of the firm of Price & Krohn.

He has supported and provided free legal services necessary to form and maintain various community agencies. He helped obtain charters for the United Way and Horizon, a local education support group.

He served as Alcorn County Attorney from 1952 to 1953, as attorney for the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors from 1968 to 1972, and attorney for the Alcorn County Electric Power Association from 1977 to present.

His professional affiliations include: member of the Alcorn County Bar Association, Mississippi State Bar Association and American Bar Association and a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Association and American College of Trial Lawyers.

Other honors

An honor roll of past civic accolades includes: Young Man of the Year, Rotary Citizen of the Year, YMCA Award for service to the "Y" and community, Distinguished Service Awards from the Corinth school district and Kiwanis International for coaching Kiwanis Little League teams for more than 20 years.

Civic involvement

Not merely a member of organizations, Price has served as a leader of numerous groups. He also has been a supporter of cultural projects and events in the community.

He is a lifetime member of the Corinth YMCA Board of Directors, past president of Hillandale Country Club, past president of the Corinth Welfare Association, former director of the Alcorn County Red Cross, past president of the Corinth-Alcorn County United Way and former director of the Corinth-Alcorn County Chamber of Commerce.

He also served as master of ceremonies for the 12th annual Charity Ball in 1974.

Church affiliation

A member of Oakland Baptist Church, Price is a past chairman of the deacons and serves as a Sunday School and Training Union teacher.

He is married to the former Doris Brown, who moved to Corinth from Louisiana in 1953 as a director with First Baptist Church. They are the parents of four children, Deborah Brunt, Karen Butler, Judy Lilly and James E. Price III.

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