MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - As the list of names of fallen law enforcement personnel painfully grows locally, friends, family and the community came together to say their final goodbye to a Pee Dee deputy.
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Price’s funeral was held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Dillon. He was laid to rest after the funeral.
Price was one of two people killed in a crash one week ago.
To help staff and colleagues join Price’s family as he’s laid to rest, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office along with Horry County Police Department were in Marion County Wednesday morning to answer calls and fill in.
During the service, fellow officers and friends spoke about his professionalism and how he carried himself at work and at home.
Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace said there are three ways to describe Jonathan David Price. A Christian, a family man, and a professional police officer.
Before moving back to Dillon three years ago, Price met his wife Elizabeth while serving as a missionary at a bible camp.
When he got home he began searching for ways to serve his community and was led to a career in law enforcement.
He began his career with the Dillon Police Department before moving to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office last September.
While Price is no longer here, Sheriff Wallace said his family will always have a home at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
“They will be with us the rest of our lives, whether they like it or not they’ll be a part of this family,” said Wallace. “We might show up on the first day of school for his kids, we might show up at graduations, but we will be there and we’re apart of their family and they’re a part of our family, I can promise you that.”
Along with being a husband, Corporal Price was a father of three small children.
Pastor Jamie Arnette said Price loved his family and was always trying to be a Godly example to them.
“He was the provider, he was the pastor, and he was the protector and he loved his wife, he loved his family and loved his children,” said Arnette.
Wallace posthumously promoted Price to corporal during the service.