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Price memorial bench dedicated

Dwayne Price, right, and his brother Darryl, left, at their father's memorial bench dedication (Phaedra Price photo).

A man remembered for his service to the community over the years has been honored with a memorial bench at the Chenoa city park.

Lester Price was involved with the VFW, flea markets and Boy Scouts. He was also a rural mail carrier and his family had a business in town.

“He didn’t meet a stranger,” Dwayne Price said of his late father. “My dad was never a person that wanted to be patted on the back.”

Price suggested the park bench at a VFW meeting. He said Lester along with charter member Bud Vercler have done a lot for the VFW over the years.

“I said why don’t we do something to recognize these people?”

While the VFW paid for the majority of the bench project, Price did much of the work with the help of his step daughter, Tiffany Blair. John West made the bench while Steve Chapman donated a poured the concrete.

“It was very emotional at times,” admits Price. “I’m not looking for a pat on the back – I’m just recognizing one of the best men I ever knew.”

Lester Price, who passed away last year, was in the Navy for 20 years working as an aviation structural mechanic. He was a senior chief petty officer.

“He didn’t want to brag about it. He didn’t boast about anything,” the younger Price recalled.

The memorial park bench was officially dedicated last weekend near the park flag pole. Members of the VFW were on hand, along with city representatives and family. Lester’s wife, Teresa, said a few words along with longtime friend Dale Roach, part of the VFW Color Guard.

The Lester Price memorial bench shown at the City Park (Phaedra Price photo).

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