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    Posted: 17 January 2019 at 5:41pm

Many of you may have known Gene Price.

As a teenager, I worked Friday afternoons, Saturday's and summers as a clerk, janitor, "gunsmith" and "boat mechanic" at a local hardware/sporting goods/Johnson-OMC dealer.  The store had a semi-circle of old office chairs sort of behind the cash register where for about thirty minutes to an hour in the morning and then again in the afternoon, the local sportsmen of Goldsboro would hold court on various topics.  It was always a joy when Gene was part of the discussions.  

If my memory serves me, Gene's uncle was Woodrow Price who at one time was managing editor of the News and Observer- a well known political and outdoor journalist who retired to Gloucester.  I believe Gene's nephew, Dudley Price, may still be writing for the N&O and has covered some of the coastal issues in the past few years. Gene's daughter worked for the AP. 

Gene was himself a real outdoorsman.  I'd often call him about a fishery issue needing his advice and get his voicemail, which said something to the effect- I can't take your call, hopefully I'm in the woods or on the water.  

Although he missed WWII, truly, Gene was part of the greatest generation-

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Hillery Eugene “Gene” Price, an honored journalist whose career spanned nearly six decades, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Sue Price Johnson, his daughter and former Associated Press staffer, said her father died at a hospice in Raleigh after a long illness.

Gene Price became editor emeritus at the Goldsboro News-Argus after a nearly 50-year career during which he served as managing editor as well as editor.

Prior to his work in Goldsboro, Price worked at The Independent in his hometown of Elizabeth City, The Daily Reflector in Greenville and at The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. While he was in college, Price became the first sports publicity writer for the East Carolina University news bureau, working for tuition and meals.

Price also worked as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Herbert C. Bonner in the late 1940s and was chief of an artillery firing battery with the 28th Infantry Division in Europe during the Korean War.

Five governors appointed him to major state commissions, among them the North Carolina Seashore Commission, which led to the creation of the Cape Lookout National Park in 1966.

His journalistic achievements were recognized in 2011 by his induction into the University of North Carolina’s Media and Journalism Hall of Fame. Two governors awarded Price the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, awarded for exemplary service to the state of North Carolina and its communities.

In his retirement, Price wrote a book of his collected stories titled “Folks Around Here.”

An avid outdoorsman, Price spent 25 years as a member of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, including two terms as its chairman.

Among the survivors is his wife of 68 years, Gloria MacCormack Price, as well as four children, and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Goldsboro.

Edited by Rick - 17 January 2019 at 5:53pm
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Gene was a long-time NC Wildlife Resources Commission commissioner ... one of the old guard and a good guy who knew about wildlife and made great decisions....I asked his advice many times and so did other outdoors writers.....All sportsmen will miss him ... sadly today, no one on the 19-member WRC top board resembles Gene or thinks like he did -- putting the resources first and political considerations second (or third, fourth, etc.)
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
* Henry David Thoreau
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