A memorial service has been set for country legend Ray Price who passed away on Monday from pancreatic cancer.
The service is scheduled for this Saturday, 1 PM, at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant, TX, which is in the northeast corner of the state. According to the church's pastor, this is not a funeral but a memorial where friends, family and fans can honor the singer. At this time, three people are coming from out of town to present eulogies and others from Mt. Pleasant, where the Prices live, will also speak. In addition, there will music played in Price's honor.
According to a posting made by Janie Price on Thursday, this is expected to be the first of a series of memorials for her husband. The following is the text of her note:
Words fail me. My Darling, My Sweetheart, My Love, My Life has left me on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:13 P.M.. He was pronounced by Hospice at 4:43 P.M. Ray went home to be with The Lord as I held him in my arms and told him how much he was loved. He passed away so gently, so sweetly, so effortlessly. He just went to sleep. Absolutely no pain of any kind.
We were surrounded by the Cypress Basin Hospice Staff of Nurses and Sitters, our Pastores, Our Dear Friend, Judge Kaye McNutt and her Staff, My Dear Sister, Virgie Phillips and a circle of friends holding hands and praying over us.
Ray was my entire life. Today I am alone and have never known such loneliness. I have lost my Soul Mate of 45 years.
Ray decided that he wanted to have his final resting place in the Mausoleum with his Beloved Mother. And so shall it be. I will be making the final funeral arrangements early tomorrow morning at The Restland Funeral Home, Dallas, Tx.
Please hold me up in your prayers tonight and continually for the next several weeks as I walk this last mile for Ray.
The last thing that Ray told me was that he wanted to spend his last Christmas at home. He got his wish. He is at home with our Lord!
God Bless You, My Love, Ray Price. God Bless You!
A Hometown Celebration Of Rays Life And Legacy is Scheduled For Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. At The First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant, Tx. I feel so proud that Rays Hometown will be the FIRST Celebration to be held to Honor this Great Man who is so loved by so many.
If you are able to come I will be there to Thank You. If not this one, please, please come to one of them. Please! I know I cannot possibly touch the hand of everyone in the World who Loves Ray Price but I can sure die happily trying!