11/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter - John Seward
John Evans Seward
Newport News High School Class of 19__
Friends and Schoolmates,
The sad news continues. Outstanding Newport News High School graduate, John Seward, passed away in Johnson City, Tennessee on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the age of 86.
From Dale Parsons (June, '48) of VA - 11/25/08:
Thank you, Dale. I rather thought Mr. Seward was one of "ours".
From the Daily Press - 11/25/08:
John Evans Seward
JOHNSON CITY - Mr. John Evans
Seward, 86, Johnson City, died on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Johnson City
A native of Newport News, Va., he was a son of the late Joseph Cleveland and Ruth Tyree Seward.
While at Duke University on a basketball scholarship during his junior year, Mr. Seward was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the 103rd Infantry Division, 7th Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a Prisoner of War, being captured by the SS in France. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Mr. Seward returned to Duke to complete his education and to play basketball. In his senior year, he was the basketball team captain, was selected as an All-American, served as President of Duke Student Government Association, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. While at Duke, he met the woman he would later marry, Matilda Paty.
During college, Mr. Seward had planned on becoming a coach yet his father-in-law convinced him to join the family business. Fifty-three years later, he retired as Senior Vice-President of Paty Lumber Company. A very active member of Munsey Church, he had served as chairman of the Administrative Board, chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, as a Sunday school teacher for young people, and with MYF.
Believing in giving back to his community, Mr. Seward was recognized for his volunteerism: Board of Directors, Hamilton/SunTrust Bank; Board of Directors, Johnson City Medical Center; Co-chairman, Board of Visitors, James H. Quillen College of Medicine; Board of Trustees, Holston Conference Colleges; Board of Directors, National Association of Manufacturers; Board of Directors, ETSU Foundation; Chairman, Johnson City Preaching Mission; Board of Directors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame; Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame; Park & Recreation Department's Wall of Fame; and the Spirit Award of Johnson City. For 18 years, Mr. Seward served on the Johnson City School Board where he was chairman for four different terms. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1992.
He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, being named Kiwanian of the Year in 1974. Mr. Seward enjoyed all sports, liked watching football and basketball, enjoyed playing golf with his regular foursome, was an avid reader, and admired Dean Smith for his coaching abilities. He enjoyed listening to music from the 1940's, crooners Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, and lately El Divo.
An accomplishment he was most pleased with was serving as chairman of Project of Hope, working to raise $3 million dollars to create the Steve Seward Cancer Treatment Center in memory of his son, Steve, who died of leukemia. Mr. Seward was also pleased with getting to visit the Holy Land and to see the Olympic basketball "Dream Team" in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. During this trip, he and his wife went to Germany to visit the POW camp where he was imprisoned.
His family fondly remembers him as a very kind, thoughtful, and loving husband, father, and grandfather who possessed strong moral values of the highest integrity. Mr. Seward enjoyed attending all the events and functions in which his grandchildren were participating.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Matilda Paty Seward, Johnson City; a daughter, Jane Seward Street and her husband, Ed Street Jr.; two sons, John Evans Seward Jr., and his wife, Julie, Elizabethton, and Joseph C. Seward, Johnson City; seven grandchildren, John Evans Seward III, and his wife, Wendi, Gray, Elizabeth Seward Collins and her husband, Hiatt, Birmingham, Ala., Julia Seward and Mary Seward, both of Elizabethton, and Amber, Stephen, and Michala Street, all of Johnson City; a great-grandson, John Evans Seward IV, Gray; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Seward was preceded in death by a son, Steve, on June 28, 1975; and two brothers, Joseph C. Seward, Newport News, Va., and James Donald Seward, Greenville, S.C.
A Celebration of the Life of John E. Seward will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Munsey Church with the Rev. Brian Taylor and the Rev. Michael Lester officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Rev. Doug Grove-DeJarnett. A Committal service will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bill McClellan, John Abe Teague, Pete Speropulos, Elvin Little, Dr. Avtar Dhaliwal, Dr. Paul Stanton, Steve Fox, Dennis Vonderfecht, and Bob Bagby. Honorary pallbearers will be the Solon Gentry Sunday school class, Buddy & Brenda Blake, Reno Burleson, Jim Powell, Bob May, David Purner, Kenny Gouge, and Ivan Raines. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Steve Seward Cancer Treatment Center, c/o Mountain States Foundation, 2335 Knob Creek Road, Ste. 101, Johnson City, TN 37604, or Munsey Church, Pastor's Discretionary Fund, P. O. Box 1336, Johnson City, TN 37605.
Arrangements for the Seward family have been entrusted to Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604 423-610-7171. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in the Daily Press on 11/25/08.
Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Seward's family and friends.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Lead On, O King Eternal
1888 (4 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917)
Music (Lancashire) by Henry T. Smart, 1836 (26 Oct 1813 -6 July 1879)
Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.
Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.
Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.
Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.
"Lead On, O King Eternal" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.opc.org/hymn.html?hymn_id=403 - 12/07/07
Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Animated POW flag courtesy of http://www.multimediapalace.com/fl/flags-usa/us-oth-htm/pow-flag-s.htm - 11/26/08
Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Kiwanis Club Logo courtesy of http://www.ekiwanisofgreateratlanta.org/ - 07/17/08
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