I remember vividly when I had the honor to interview Sherman Price in 2016 when he was 102 years old. I spent nearly three hours with this extraordinary man who had lived through changes most of us only read about in books.

I told Sherman then that when he turned 105 I would like to come back and interview him again. He gladly agreed with a smile somehow knowing he’d be around. Unfortunately, I was unable to keep that promise as health concerns laid roadblocks for him, and eventually, time took our deal away.

Sherman was laid to rest last week at 106 years old which made him way past a centenarian. Before taking his body to Memorial Gardens, his casket was pulled around the Carrico Park Square in Russellville by horse and carriage as a tribute to him from his family.

A love for horses spanned decades for Sherman who raised Belgian and Walking horses. On his 100th birthday, Sherman said he was going to ride a mule around the square and according to his granddaughter, Sharon Thomas, would have done it hadn’t he been so weak at the time from an illness.

“We really thought this was something he would have liked,” said Thomas about his final trip around the square.

In 1976, Sherman drove a team of Belgian horses pulling the cannon that now sits on the square.

Born in 1914, Sherman has witnessed a great deal. The Panama Canal opened the year he was born. Just four years after his birth the worldwide influenza epidemic struck and by 1920, nearly 20 million were dead. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight. In 1931, The Star-Spangled Banner was adopted as the national anthem. Sherman lived through WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and many more conflicts. He survived the depression in 1929 and saw the assassination of a president in 1963. Alaska and Hawaii didn’t become states until Sherman was in his mid-40s.

If you were to sum up Sherman and all his years here on earth, you would say he was a man who loved his family, loved the farm, and loved the animals he raised. He was a simple man who saved everything but offered plenty of advice to help those who came after him. He was independent, hardworking, and was loved by many, many people.

When his grandchildren were small, visiting their grandfather was an adventure. For Thomas, who has four daughters of her own, spending time with her grandfather was what helped her become the person she is.

“I got to grow up and spend a lot of time with him,” said Thomas. “He was quite the entertainer. He loved to tell us ghost stories and would always read the Bible to us. We knew that was very important. We got to help him feed the horses and cows and he always put us up on the horses. He had a love for adventure and we eventually did as well.” Thomas jokes how all of her serious childhood injuries happened at his house because they weren’t afraid to try things.

Thomas said they respected him and that talking to him was like getting a history lesson on life.

“We will miss that presence in our life,” said Thomas of her grandfather. “But we know where he is and that brings us all peace.”

One of the quotes Sherman gave me when I interviewed him in 2016 shows just how faithful he was and how he lived his life.

“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,” said Sherman.

Sherman was the son of the late Samuel Fleming Price and Maude Adams Price. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1933 and worked at Auburn Leather Company and the family farm from 1933 until 1940. He moved to Alton, Ill. to work with Emerson Electric from 1940 until 1947 and took Metallurgy classes at the University of Illinois. In 1947 he moved back to Russellville to farm for a living. His farming operations over the years included registered Angus cattle, tobacco, commercial Holstein dairy (1962-1977), Berkshire hogs, sheep, Belgian horses, Walking horses, and row crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, and milo. He was one of the first farmers in the early 1950’s to establish double-cropping barley and milo.

Sherman was a Kentucky Colonel times two. He was a Charter member of the American Angus Association, a former member of the Belgian Draft Horse Association, and a former member of the National Walking Horse Association. He was also a member of New Union Baptist Church since 1952.

Sherman married the love of his life, Ruth Hall in 1933. They were married 50 plus years before she passed. The couple had two daughters, Sandra Bradshaw and the late Elaine Allcott. He has five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren.