Kimberly Nolen Price

Published 3:55 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kimberly Nolen Price

Alexander City

Funeral services for Kimberly Nolen Price, 57, of Alexander City will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Alexander City. Following the service, the family will receive guests in the fellowship hall for a celebration of life reception.

Price, owner and president of Price Publications Inc., was born on Sept. 12, 1954 in Alexander City. He died at home Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, following a short illness.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Valentine Price; three sons, Matthew Nolen Price and Griffin Thomas Price of Birmingham, and Timothy Chase Clanton of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Whitney Nicole Clanton of Glen Ellen, Calif.; his mother, Charlene Sumners Price of Decatur; a sister, Cynthia Price Brown and husband Randy of Decatur; a brother, Timothy Lee Price of Alexander City; one nephew; three nieces; one great-nephew; and three great-nieces.

Kim was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Nolen Price.

Price, a veteran newsman, was president and publisher of The Wetumpka Herald, which was purchased by PPI in May 2003. Under his guidance, a second weekly edition of the Herald – The Elmore County Weekend – was added in December 2005.

A 1972 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, he graduated from The University of Alabama in 1976.

He began his journalism career while still in high school, working for The Alexander City Outlook. Price worked for the Associated Press from 1978-1990 as a newsman, legislative correspondent and marketing executive in Birmingham, Omaha, Boise and Dallas.

From 1990-2001 he was president, publisher and editor of The Shelby County Reporter in Columbiana. He was president, publisher and editor of The Alexander City Outlook from 2001-2003, immediately before purchasing The Herald.

PPI acquired The Eclectic Observer in January 2006 and The Tallassee Tribune in June 2009. Other publications of the company include Covey Rise magazine (2002), Gallery of Homes real estate magazine (2008) and Elmore County Living magazine (2008).

During his career, Price was involved in numerous professional and civic groups. He was past chairman and president of the Alabama Press Association and won numerous press association awards.

Price was also very active in environmental and wildlife efforts. In 2005, he was awarded the Conservation Communicator of the Year Award by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. In 2010, he was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Hunting and Fishing by “Outdoor Life.”

Honorary Pallbearers will be Phillip Young, Tommy Spraggins, Tommy Rogers, Randy Haynes, Jim Nabors, Tom Young, Kim Taylor, Jerry Adams, Rusty Cook and Bobby Martin.

Honored Colleagues are Price Publications Employees, Pheasants Forever/ Quail Forever National Board of Directors, Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Children’s Harbor or Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever (9604 Highway 63 South, Alexander City, AL, 35010).