Price Henderson Gwynn, III ’47

Price Henderson Gwynn, III, 99, retired business leader, community contributor and committed churchman died September, 28, 2022 at home in Sharon Towers in Charlotte, NC.

Price was born December 16, 1922 in Reidsville, NC where his father, Price, Jr., was superintendent of public schools and his mother, Elma Crutchfield, taught piano. He was educated at the Mount Herman School in Massachusetts and at Davidson College. While at Davidson, he played football, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, joined Sigma Phi Epsilon, was President of his academic class and graduated as salutatorian.

World War II interrupted his college years. Price served his country in the Pacific Theater of Operations with both the U.S. Army Infantry and Corps of Engineers and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. In 1944, Price convinced the former Katherine Gilman Loy to become his bride. That happy union lasted sixty-eight years, ending with her death in 2012. The couple lived in Charlotte their whole lives.

Price was President of Package Products Company; President of Engraph, Inc. and Vice President of Lance, Inc. On more than one occasion, he said, “With a father, a grandfather, a brother-in-law and an uncle who were Presbyterian preachers, I had to consider the ministry, but I was called to the world of business. That is where I belong.”

Price served his community as a thirty year Trustee of Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Health Services Corporation, six of those years as Chairman. He was a Trustee of Davidson College and Director of the Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte City Club, Charlotte Rotary Club, Piedmont Club and of Sharon Towers and the Family Support Center.

Price served his beloved Presbyterian Church at many local and national levels. In 1990, he was elected by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as its 202nd Moderator. He served as Chairman of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and as Trustee of St. Andrews Presbyterian College and of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

Price is survived by his three sons: Price Henderson (Chip) Gwynn, IV (Star), John Gilman Gwynn (Penny); and Kenneth Bruce Gwynn (Cynthia); and by his five grandchildren, Jason Gwynn (Stephanie); Ashley Gwynn; Amy Gwynn Schott (Jimmy); David Gwynn (Ivy); and Matthew Duncan Gwynn (Hannah); and by his three great-grandchildren: Chase Roberts, Piper Grace Gwynn and by the baby Amy and Jimmy are expecting very soon; and by a nephew, Bill and eight nieces: Mary Kay, Dunki, Eve, Mary Beth, Ginger, Carol, Kathy and Karen.

Price was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine, and by his twin sisters and their spouses, Betty Boyd (Howard) and Barbara Orloff (Ivan) and by his brother and sister in law: William Duncan Loy, Jr. and Mary Steele Loy.

The family joins “Mr. Price” in praising and thanking all of the devoted nurses and staff on the Health Care floor at Sharon Towers for their wonderful, gracious and loving care.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm, October 8, 2022 at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Hill, 15000 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278. Interment will follow the service at the original Steele Creek Presbyterian Church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Church at 2:00pm before the service.

Memorials may be sent to Steele Creek Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Hill, to Sharon Towers Residents Fund, to Union Theological Seminary at Charlotte or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gwynn family.