Retired ATF Official Phillip R. Price Dies at Age 75

Phillip Price
By Allan Lengel

Phillip R. Price, a 23-year veteran of ATF, died Sunday morning. He was 75 and was from Lancaster, Ky.

After serving in the military, Price returned to his home state of Kentucky to become a state trooper.

In 1967, Price was recruited to join the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS, (known today as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives, or, ATF).

During his 23 year career with ATF, Price held field and supervisory assignments in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Washington,

DC, where he retired in 1988 as the Chief of the Special Operations Division. He retired from ATF in 1988.

After that, he began a second career as an investigator for the U.S. Department of State. He served the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for 25 years until his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deirdre. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Coburn of

Livermore, CA, his daughter Lori Gibbs of The Plains, VA, his son, Adam, of Washington, DC, his grandson, Matthew Gibbs of Pensacola, FL, his niece, Karen Stanfield of Lexington, his niece, Tammy Thurman of Livermore, CA, and his nephew, Tony Coburn of Sonoma, CA. Also mourning Phillip’s loss is Roxann Stacey of Sherrills Ford, NC, his first wife and the mother of his children, and her husband Anthony Stacey, with whom he remained close. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lilia Mae Price, and sister, Patsy Evans of Prestonsburg.

A viewing is planned for Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster, Ky.Viewing will be followed by a brief service at 8:00pm.



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