William H. Price II  (9)

William H. Price II "Bill" died on the 6th of February, 2016 from complications of cancer. He was born in Salisbury, Maryland and was graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1951. He was the son of Walter W. Price and Margie R. Price. Active in several extra-curricula activities such as drama, school paper, soccer, and safety patrol to name a few, Bill was elected president of the Student Council his senior year. At graduation he was awarded the "Old Home Prize" for which he was required to give a memorized oral presentation. His subject, which had to be related to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, was "Rivers of the Eastern Shore."


Bill was sworn into the inactive naval reserve upon graduation by his brother, Walter Jr., then a Lieutenant Commander USN, and was called to active duty in August. After attending recruit training for a few weeks he was transferred to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, whose name is indicative of its purpose. Garnering appointments to the Naval Academy from Senator Herbert O'Connor and Representative Theodore Miller, and qualifying as well for a fleet appointment by virtue of his grade on the fleet wide examination, Bill opted to release the latter to benefit another enlisted person and relinquished Mr. Miller's appointment to another Eastern Shoreman. A liberal arts student in an engineering school, Bill found the curricula rather daunting. Still, he was able to find time to manage the plebe and varsity soccer teams, write music criticisms and fiction for the school's magazine, The Log, and was both a platoon leader and in his senior year, a member of the first regimental staff. Upon graduation in 1956, Bill was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp (CVA/CVS 18), where he served in communications for two years. One of six persons in the fleet selected to be designated a communications specialist in 1958, Bill was ordered to Naval Security Group in Washington, D. C where he served until he resigned his regular commission in 1960. However he accepted a reserve commission. He remained in the Reserves and retired with the rank of Commander, USNR.


Bill entered the University Of Maryland School Of Law in September, 1960. In addition to his studies, he served on professional schools senate that included medical, dental, and nursing schools, on moot court, and the Maryland Law Review. He was appointed Editor in Chief his senior year.


Upon graduation in 1963 Bill was named the recipient of the Stanley Levin Prize, awarded to a member of the graduating class deemed best in displaying character and leadership. Bill was appointed law clerk to the Honorable Charles Marbury, Associate Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals for the 1963-1964 term of court. He assisted the judge in researching the law and drafting opinions in cases coming before the court and assigned to Judge Marbury to write.


An offer to become an associate with the prestigious law firm of Henry, Henry, and Adkins, located in Easton, Maryland was made to Bill, and he joined the firm in September 1964. He became a full partner in 1970 and served until February 1997, leaving as the senior partner of the firm then styled as Henry & Price. Professionally Bill served as a member of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners, President of the Talbot County Bar Association and Vice President of the Maryland State Bar Association, and served on several of that association's commissions and committees. He initiated and chaired the state bar committee which was instrumental in obtaining constitutional and legislative authority to continue utilizing the services of retired judges, and also served on the committee which drafted a jury selection statute. In 1996 Bill was made a life member of the Maryland Bar Foundation.


In addition Bill has served on numerous community charitable boards, both as member and officer, including The Margaret Ferree Scholarship Foundation, Easton Day Care Center, Inc., Big Brothers & Sisters of the Eastern Shore, Friends of the Adkins Arboretum, Deer's Head Foundation, St. John Foundation, Talbot County Library Foundation, and Midshore Symphony Society, Inc. For many years he wrote or edited the notes for the programs given by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra sponsored by Midshore Symphony Society, Inc. of which he also served as a board member and president.


At his death Bill was married to the former Sarah Elllis Taylor, and has two children by a previous marriage to Joyce Mitchell Price, namely Julie Price and Riley Price. Riley married Chanthy (nee Koy) and they have one child, a daughter, Katelyn. He also is survived by two stepchildren, Deborah Jones and husband Reed and David "Dirk" German and wife Beth, and by six step-grandchildren. Two brothers, Walter Jr. and Edwin and a sister, Cordelia Price Turk, preceded him in death. From these siblings he is survived by numerous nephews and a niece and by great nephews and great nieces.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to any charity the donor supports.

A memorial service will be held at a place and time convenient to the family.