Stephanie C. Price, 65, beloved wife of James K. “Jim” Price, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at her home in Pickens County near Table Rock Mountain.
Stephanie loved life, especially her friends, students, colleagues, but most of all her family.
Although born in Great Lakes, Illinois, Stephanie spent her early years in San Diego, California and her family later relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina and then to Irmo, South Carolina where she graduated from Irmo High School. Stephanie attended the University of South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Stephanie was a brilliant, hardworking and passionate educator who gave so much of her time and talents to improving the overall education experience to all of her students. She taught all grades of elementary school, teaching at various schools in Columbia, West End Elementary School in Easley, SC, Buena Vista in Greenville, SC and Stone Academy in Greenville, SC. Recognizing her talents, the Greenville County School District Superintendent pulled her out of the classroom to develop the teacher evaluation and development program (ADEPT) for the School District. She missed being with students, obtained her Master’s Degree in Administration at Furman University and left the School District Office to serve as Assistant Principal at Skyland Elementary and then as Principal at Monaview Elementary School. Stephanie and Jim built their dream house in the mountains and Stephanie moved to the Pickens County School District where she served as principal of Forest Acres Elementary School and McKissick Elementary School. After retiring from the Pickens County School District, Stephanie worked as a consultant for SC TAP training administrators and teacher leaders in schools across the state of South Carolina. Stephanie’s passion was always to make a better life for her students.
Stephanie was a huge Gamecock fan, going to hundreds of UofSC football and basketball games and even traveling to games at every SEC football stadium. She enjoyed traveling and exploring new places with Jim. Italy, France, Ireland and Scotland were her favorite international destinations, but she and Jim were intent on experiencing every state of the United States and were close to completing their goal. In her leisure time, Stephanie enjoyed volunteering in local schools, serving with Meals on Wheels in Pickens County, and tutoring at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. While rearing their children in Greenville, Stephanie was active at Aldersgate United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and served as a Youth Leader.
Above everything else, Stephanie loved her family. She was Jim’s best friend and they did everything together. Stephanie and Jim reared two accomplished children: Erin, an educator and mother to Grace and Jack, and Brian, a dentist and father to Virginia and Bennett. To her grandchildren she was “Mimi” and, to be near them, Stephanie and Jim acquired a condominium in Charlotte to be near Erin and her family and were moving back to Greenville to be closer to Brian and his family. Stephanie loved her sister, Pam, very much and spoke to her almost every day despite Pam living multiple states away from Stephanie.
In addition to her husband Jim, she is survived by a daughter, Erin McClure and her husband Steve of Charlotte, NC; a son, Brian Price and his wife June of Greenville, SC; four grandchildren, Grace McClure, Jack McClure, Virginia Price and Bennett Price; and her sister, Pam Wilson and her husband Scott of Ohio. Stephanie also leaves her mother-in-law, Jeane Kellond Price of Anderson, SC; a nephew, Jason Rebucci and his wife Dana Rebucci of North Canton, OH; two sisters-in-law, Patty Chambers of Irmo, SC and Pam Fulbright and her husband Jimmy of Greenville, SC; and a brother-in-law John Price and his wife Terri Price of Tuscaloosa, AL.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Shelby J. Cote.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels Pickens County, 349 Edgemont Avenue, Liberty, SC 29657 and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital c/o Prisma Health Office of Philanthropy, ATTN: Angela Freeman, 300 E. McBee Ave. Suite 201, Greenville, SC 29601-2882.
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