A Tribute to Dave Price - Rest In Peace, My Friend

Dave Price and his beloved wife, Veronica
Dave Price and his beloved wife, Veronica

He was a man among men, a Christian in the truest sense of it, living the example.

It has been a privilege to know him and it is a deprivation to know he's not walking the Earth doing his kindness, spreading his joy and good humor and caring about people. But the path he walked still glows.

I just wanted to pay tribute to him and this is my paltry way of doing it.

There are some

Whose beings mean so much,

Who - even passing -

Cast longer shadows;

Who, having passed,

Leave larger, gaping,

Vacant spaces -

Imprint indelible traces

Upon the passing lives

They’ve touched.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The following excerpts from a fairly recent email from Dave tell about him in his own words more than any I could pen:

My family - my wife and children - they really are the best thing that ever happened to me. They say a man doesn't really start to grow up until he has children; maybe that's true, it certainly is true in my case. After my son was born I went back and watched an old movie, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, and Sidney Poitier. I don't know if you remember it, but it's a wonderful movie that I enjoy watching from time to time. Anyway, there's a scene in the movie where Sidney Poitier's character is arguing with his father, and his father begins to complain about all the sacrifices he made to make Poitier successful. Poitier stops him, and says to his father "I didn't ask to be born. You brought me into this world, and you owe me everything." That's not exactly the right words, but it's the idea of what he was saying that I took to heart. I do owe them everything - everything I can give, everything I can do, every ounce of energy, and prayer, and love, and devotion. I learned to want to give it all, and giving it all has changed my entire life. That's one of the most valuable lessons of Christ's life, to me - when you learn to give it all (and none of us can give our all so completely as He did) - you lose nothing and you gain everything. If that's not the greatest paradox of Christ's message I don't know what is. And when you get to give your all to and for those you love the most - there is nothing greater in this life. Compared to that, a little pain is nothing. Money - so what, it comes and it goes. I've made a lot and I've made a little, and none of it has truly affected the life I live with my wife and kids. Trouble comes and trouble goes, but love lasts forever.
Life is good, if you let it be. Life goes on, each day bringing its joys and its sorrows. I've come to believe that it's the way we respond to pain that determines everything about our life. There's always a place for regret, for anger, for sorrow, for blaming God and others for the pain we endure. But how we deal with that pain determines everything: it reveals how strong and how weak we are; it determines how successful we are despite it, or how broken we are because of it; it determines who we blame, or if we blame, and that is all the difference; it determines how happy or how miserable we feel at any given time; it is the one great determination that defines the best and the worst of our life. Most importantly, it determines the length and the depth and the height and the width of the truth of our faith. C.S. Lewis put it so well in the title of his book - The Problem of Pain. The real problem with pain is, it answers everything.

I won't spoil that by adding anything, except to again express to Veronica and his family what a blessing he was to all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. My brief - but precious - few hours over coffee talking to him that one Saturday he was coming through Dallas and took me up on calling me, are among my precious memories. He radiated such goodness and ease. Bless you, my friend.

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nybride710 4 years ago from Minnesota

I'm sorry for your loss. He sounded like a man who knew what was important. We lost my husband's brother at age 53 just two weeks ago, and he was also a true servant of Christ. It is hard to say good-bye to ones so special, but easier when you know with certainty where they are headed. Blessings to you and all of his friends.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you. By coincidence, Dave was 53, too.

I've lost so many. Being my age seems to mean I outlive most everyone. I just don't expect them to be so much younger than I. My own children are 57 and 55. It's almost like losing one of my own children.

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Motherbynature 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What a beautiful tribute. My condolences to you and to Dave's family. You will all be on my prayer list tonight. Thank you for sharing this.

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Joyus Crynoid 4 years ago from Eden

This is sad news. Dave was one of the bright lights on Hubpages. Thank you for this tribute.

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is a beautiful tribute Nellieanna. I am sure Dave would approve.

Jinny Marte 4 years ago

Hi Nellieanna. It has been a while since I stopped last at HubPages. I was reading Veronica's post and I couldn't pass but to stop here and pay my respects to you for honoring the man I loved as a father this way. It is beautiful to read his words for his spirit is encaptured in them and it feels like our conversations again. The Lord has honored and blessed all of us who had the chance to know Dave. He was truly an exceptiona man and a true man of God. His love and kindness will forever be a deep root in my heart and my spirit and I can never be thankful enough for the gift of having known him. He used to love my like one of his own, like his child and that made a huge difference in my life and my upbringing as a fellow christian. It is because of him that I had the precious gift of knowing Veronica and I love his family as my own. I will miss him greatly, but again I rejoice for he is with the One he loved the most. He is with the Almighty Lord of Lords and that right there eases my sadness and ceases the tears for a while. He was a gift to this world that the world did not deserve and yet God in His absolute and infinite Grace still decided to bless us with. We will forever love and cherish you Dave.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Motherbynature - It was impossible to not write a tribute for this dear man.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, he was a bright light on Hubpages Joyus - as well as in life, obviously. My brief encounter with him has remained a highlight. One knows when one has met authenticity. I can see his face and its sweet expressions, as he seemed to look into me with no assault whatsoever, just caring and understanding. Most special. Thank you for coming by.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Nellieanna, this is a touching tribute to your friend, beautifully written.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mark, I think he would approve. He'd certainly approve my heart's message in it. He would appreciate all the love and remembrance from all quarters. One can feel his approval.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jinny -- thank you for coming. I didn't realize you were so close toDave and his beautiful family, - but I'm glad to hear it. At 53, he was a bit younger than my own two children, yet what he was for me was simply, a kindred spirit. Of course I knew his faithfulness, but he just exemplified it, he didn't 'preach' it. It was sort of the way my mother 'taught', by example & application.

We just talked as friends, as I would imagine Jesus talked to people. Dave's demeanor was 'right here, right now' - fully living the moment and relating to the person at hand. He told me about his beautiful family, of course, as being right there, right now with us In my 80 years I've known a FEW people who totally exemplified what they claim as their faith and as who they are. He was one of them. I'm sure he was a blessing to others wherever he went.

He wrote me the email as a friend keeps contact with a friend, and, as always, it was inspiring and dear.

I needed to get out to Sam's early this morning before the 100+ temperature came, to stock up on some groceries. When I drove through the nearly vacant parking lot (that early) where he parked his big rig when he stopped to have coffee with me, my eyes welled up again. It's not tears of grief or sadness, but of heart-felt sentiment and remembrance. It is hard to come to grips with the fact that he's gone. How he'll be missed and by so many whose lives his touched! His generosity and truly Christ-like spirit are known by anyone who met him.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Jim. He was a dear person. I found I couldn't close down my computer and go to bed last evening without writing something in remembrance and when I found the email from him, it was just what needed to be shared with others who knew and loved him.

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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is a beautiful tribute to Dave Price, and I'm sure his wife and family, as well as his HP followers will appreciate it. I wasn't aware of Dave's passing until I read your hub, and I'm very sorry to learn of it.My condolences to his family.

53 seems a young age for life to end--to me, of course, but I've also outlived many in my own family and friends who died even younger. It's very sad, and in Dave's case, a writer's voice was silenced. I've read several of his hubs, in which he expressed a tolerance I didn't expect with their topics. I also read Simone's interview with him, and was impressed by his obvious delight in life, in his family and in writing on HubPages.

I hope his HP account, with all his hubs, will remain intact for reading.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

As I've said, Jaye - I simply had to write it. Those who knew him on HP who might not go to Facebook might not realize it. I wrote individually to some whom I knew & saw on his followers list, but no way to know all whose lives he may have touched with his gentility.

You're so right about his tolerant attitude. It was simply how he was. I am afraid that many times intolerance is the antithesis of what the claimed belief being 'protected' is about. His was incapable of being intolerant, I suspect. He really loved people. It was just the fact.

I agree -- I hope his HP account remains for the reading and enjoying.

Thank you, dear friend - for your additions to my feelings about it.

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CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Dear Nellieanna:

You are such a wonderful friend and ally.

I never met Dave, or had any interaction with him, but through your hub, I have met him for the first time. Because of this tribute, I shall take it upon myself to discover who he was...and become a better man as a result.

Please accept my condolences and blessings, and pass them on to his family and friends.

May God comfort you and Dave's family in this tragic hour - C.J. Sledgehammer

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, C.J. You missed meeting a special person. But I'm glad you've discovered his hubs. I hope the family will leave them up and going. I have some catching up to do there myself.

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Thank you Nellieanna, what a wonderful acknowledgement of a wonderful man. My few exchanges with dave revealed our underlying kinship and I shall miss his intellect and sweet spirit. BTW, it is ironic that he nearly joined our collaboration. I would have loved his answers. His deep intellect was often overshadowed by his preference to appear common, I think to put his listener at ease. I've gone back to re-read his comments to some of my writings. I was drawn to him because he was a thinker and for all he thought, it was with gentle reason.

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Nellieanna thank you for honouring Dave Price, I knew him for only a short period, we commented back and forth a few times on each others writings, he struck me as a sensitive, tolerant and righteous man. I knew of his closeness to his faith and I acknowledged it in the odd comment. To my surprise he was a fellow highway driver and to have that in common was brotherhood.

I knew he had stopped by when going through Dallas and you both had a brief encounter and I remember you sharing that picture of you in his rig. I wish to extend my deep felt condolences to his family and friends, he is a man who will be truly missed. However he now sits in the house of his Lord and can now share his glowing account of life on earth, it will be a testament to all who listen in the angelic choir of hosts. You are a darling for sharing, God bless you Nellieanna. Hugs.

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SilverGenes 4 years ago

Nellieanna, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Dave Price. Your tribute to him is very moving and I will be visiting his hubs to read more from this remarkable man. Thank you for sharing his words here. To his family and all his friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Alan - I can see how you and Dave would share kinship, both 'of a cloth'.

Your description is right-on: intelligent and so sweet-spirited. And yes, his humility was just a given, not something he 'adorned' to seem pious. He wasn't about 'showing off'. It's hard to describe the exact aura and spirit he exuded, but 'Christ-like' comes to mind. I'm glad you expressed your sense of him.

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IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That tribute is wonderful. I voted up. WHOA,Nellie!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vincent - yes - 'sensitive, tolerant and righteous' do describe him. There could be no doubt of his faith and dedication to his loving family, yet he never seemed to use his standards to measure others, but embraced everyone with respect and love. I never doubted he loved me - and the same with Veronica. She also expressed her love of me. He obviously communicated it to her.

How about that - he was as fellow highway driver with you! He'd been a Marine too! Highwayman suited him in a way - except that it kept him away from his family, and he did not like that. When we were talking - and it was an animated conversation - I was as aware of their presence as of his, actually. He really 'took them with him'. Yet he was also right there, right then communicating with me. A wonderful ability.

I was a bit shocked when he snapped the picture of me after he'd asked me if I'd ever sat in a big rig and assisted me up into it. It was quite a thrill! I wasn't expecting the picture, though! But it was special.

If the sweet waitress who kept filling our coffee cups could have snapped a few photos, it would probably have looked like we were long-lost brother and sister! :-)

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra -- you did miss a fine gentleman, though he wasn't a flashy one. You'll enjoy reading his work. You can KNOW it is authenticity.

Today I've heard from a neighbor of his, who is not a Hubber or FaceBooker. This is a man - (I assume a young man0 - who valued Dave's counsel and knew his worth and looked up to him as a father. So many he's counseled in wisdom and with understanding. Such a fine man. You'd have appreciated his quality.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Integrity - thank you! I appreciate your visit. You're a most faithful follower! Hugs.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great tribute! A friend like you...

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Mhatter. He was such a friend!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

What a shock when I went to his Timeline today (21 July 2012) to wish him a happy birthday and saw that he had passed away on July 17!

My condolences to his beloveds, and also to you, Nellieanna, as you have had the privilege to meet David in person. Especially, or rather also, the endearing way he had used his sense of humor to preach the Gospel, deserves recognition.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I did not know him but I sure wish I had.. but through this I feel like I knew a little bit about him.. wow I pr[ay for his family and his friends I know he will be missed.. I am sharing this on Facebook on the prayer request page.

God bless you for writing this


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Nellieanna what a sterling tribute. I did not know Dave. But I recently heard his name in in the highest regard. That says a lot about a man. R.I.P.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie - yes - a shock. You're absolutely right. His humor in his 'preaching' made it special. The fact that he sincerely felt 'light' about it is even more special. It was so real for him, it just didn't have to be Thanks for stopping by!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, Mike - that does say a lot about him. I'm not surprised. I couldn't imagine anyone saying anything less than high regard about Dave. Thanks for the visit and comment.!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Deborah - good. You did miss knowing an outstanding person. But I'm glad you felt his reality through reading this tribute. Hugs.

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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Thanks for sharing that tribute to your friend Nellieanna. His wisdom and humanity shine out radiantly from his words.

May he rest in peace.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher, thank you. You're right - his own words radiate his wisdom and humanity.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I was a follower of Dave's too and so sorry to hear this. I kept waiting for him to get back with no idea the seriousness of it. Beautiful tribute.

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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Nellieanna, I saw this today in an email that it had been done and certainly no surprise that you offered it up in his name and character. I was taken back, he was a Brother Marine of the up and coming era as mine came to an end. He was allowed peace in his time.

He was tied to his family no matter where he was sitting when he wrote the emails that were often bulk in style to make sure everyone got a note of uplifting spirit he held while he worked so hard to make ends meet with his family falling in behind his God.

My prayers have been sent for his family, and as a voucher for his grande entrance to eternity, that I'm sure he more than earned, he will now be first when he was last in the group of Marines I admired, not that my admiration was less, it was equal as all people are to me, even those who don't like me, I value their lives the same as all, 3 steps above mine. I always have a song that comes to mind on occasions, my mind is sorta like a juke that rolls to the selection pulls it and plays it, never the same but it seems to be always one and this was the one,


with that I'll beg to be excused to a time of silent reflection off a mans man.

May the Blessings Be Plentiful for All Who knew and Lost his voice,

Much Peace and Love,


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jackie, I know. It's a shock to hear. Thank you for stopping by. I've no doubt that Dave is aware of the many who loved him and now miss him so.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dusty - - I can imagine how it must feel to have a younger brother Marine go in his prime.

Yes, Dave's connection to his family was so strong and apparent. He spoke of them when we talked with such love. His love was great for all people but his family was always most, as you say - right behind his love of God.

That song is just beautiful. I am so glad you included it. And especially glad you came and wrote your feelings about our beloved friend. I value you highly. Thank you! Hugs to you.

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I am very sad to hear of the passing of Brother Dave. With one exception, Dave was the only Hubber I ever met in person. I went to his home for home-cooked meal and a wonderful time of fellowship just a few months ago, after I went to his church with him and his family. I still have an email he sent a few days before he died that I had not yet gotten around to answering. Like the message from him to you that you kindly reprinted above, the word he sent me was beautiful and powerful and full of deep meaning.

Thank you for publishing this lovely Hub. Your poem is magnificent.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

James - I've seen your name on HP ever since I've been here, yet there's been little or no interaction. Just the way it worked out.

I'm pleased to know that we share this mutual feeling for Dave Price or so I think we do. What a wonderful person. I can't help but smile when I recall talking to him -- it was like talking to someone I'd known all my life, just - so comfortable and easy. Acceptance. I get teary too.

I, too, was shocked at his passing. I always had a sense of his good will and presence - he was the last person I expected to die. But obviously his presence was needed elsewhere. He still gives his special glow to just remembering him. I love his family too. He loved them so much and in such a wondrous way.

Thank you for the visit. I feel honored. Thanks for the follow, too.

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