James Roland Price, 67, longtime WJZ mail clerk

March 27, 2003

James Roland Price, a longtime WJZ-TV mail clerk who dispensed smiles and good will as he made his rounds through the offices and hallways of Channel 13's Television Hill studio, died of cancer Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 67.

Mr. Price was born and raised in East Baltimore and attended city public schools. He briefly served in the Marine Corps.

He was a shipping clerk for Romm Press Inc. before joining WJZ-TV more than 20 years ago.

"He was such a great guy and was in tune with every section of this building. When word of his death reached the newsroom, we just stopped. It had such an impact on us," said Marty Bass, an anchor of the station's morning show. "He was a good and fine man who did his job well."

Mr. Price was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan, and enjoyed family gatherings, cookouts and lengthy discussions on current events.

In 1954, he married Carrie Davis, who died in 1988.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church, 417 N. Asquith St., where Mr. Price was a longtime member and sang in the men's chorus.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Louise M. Williams; four sons, Albert L. Davis, Robert R. Davis, James E. Price and Curtis L. Price; four daughters, Marsha W. Price, Sharron V. Brown, Geraldine D. Price and Marian R. Hines; two sisters, Margaret Clark and Grace Trusty; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. All are of the Baltimore area. Another son, Eugene K. Davis, died in 1990.

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