On Feb. 8th, 2016, Sherman Price of Russellville will be two years past a century old. At 102, Sherman doesn’t really feel much different than he did 50 years ago, accept an occasional ache and pain, or maybe having to ask a time or two what someone said. Sherman considers himself the luckiest man alive having reached 102, admitting, however, he never thought he would.
“No I didn’t think I would be this old,” said a jovial Price. “It’s really a blessing. Not sure why I have, but the good Lord knows.”
A lot of people know Sherman, most see him on a weekly basis at Granny’s Kitchen where he “catches up” on what goes on in the community. He gets around pretty good for 102, still operating a vehicle, still taking care of himself, and still going to church every Sunday at New Union Baptist Church.
“He is one of a kind,” chuckled Donnie Blick, pastor at New Union and a friend of Sherman. “I cannot say enough about this man. He is a good one for sure.”
Sherman has seen a lot of changes over the years, some for the good, but not all.
“I think we are really in a place now that isn’t very good,” he said. “It seem like a lot more people are suffering than before. The world gets a little worse as it goes along. I can remember when we didn’t have to lock our doors, and our children could walk to school or to the store and we didn’t have to worry about them.”
Price- who is a Kentucky Colonel times two- was born and raised in the Auburn area. When he graduated high school he married the love of his life, Ruth Hall in 1933. They were married 50 plus years before she passed. Sherman admits he misses her everyday, and finds himself talking to himself at times since she is no longer by his side. The couple had two daughters, Elaine Allcott, who has since passed and Sandra Bradshaw, who is now in her 70s. Sherman has five grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Sherman was born into a farming family in 1914. He continued on farming until just a few years ago. There was a time, however, that farming took a back seat during World War II when he and his family moved to Illinois. Sherman worked as a Metallurgist in factories what were making gun turrets for airplanes. Sherman said he went to school while there to learn metal works, and was very busy at the time teaching other industry workers how to do what he did.
“I was glad to move back home,” said Price, who came back in 1948, built the house he still lives in, and started up farming once again. Price has done about everything in the farming field, from row crops to livestock. At one time he had close to 150 head of sheep. He was one of the first to try a double crop in Logan County and loved raising horses.
When asked about the past and how the world used to be, Sherman says it was a lot simpler, but there were times like today when it was hard.
“You have to remember that I was alive during the Great Depression, and that was something. I can remember we didn’t have a lot of money, but when we road into town on Saturdays to get coffee and such, I would be able to get some candy. Well when the depression hit that was that and the candy quit. So did most everything else. Those days were tough,” said Sherman.
Price talked about raising a garden and growing your own food. He said there was a sense of accomplishment they don’t have today from making your own way on the farm. Things were a lot healthy then as well. He said everyone worked together back then, and feels some of that has been lost somewhere down the line.
“I’m gonna be here as long as the Good Lord wants me to be. I’m not sure how long that will be, but I’m not the one in control of that, so I’ll just do my best while I’m here,” Sherman said.
Pastor Blick remembers coming to visit Sherman one evening, but Sherman didn’t hear him when he walked up on the porch. Sherman was praying and Blick could hear him through an open window so he waited until he was finished to knock.
“It was the most genuine prayer I’ve ever heard,” said Blick with tears in his eyes. “His hands were together and he was talking to God. He said he didn’t know what he was still here for, but said it must be for a reason and he would stay and wait till He called him home,” said Blick. “Sherman is one of a kind for sure and I am blessed to have gotten to meet him and call him my friend.”
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