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11/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter - John Seward

John Evans Seward
(05 Jan 1922 - 22 Nov 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 19__

Dear 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:

Bubber Seward did play for NNHS under    Julie Conn - one of the finest to play for him. His younger brother, Jimmy, a NNHS graduate also played for NNHS.
 
Dale Parsons  June 48

   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 Medical Center.

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.
Guest Book
 


Sunday, November 23, 2008

We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Seward's passing away. He was a very special man. Tony and myself worked four him at the Bristol store for years. He was always friendly to everyone and such a caring person. He will be missed, always remember your memories. May God Bless your family in a very special way.
Tony & Debbie Ray, Bristol, Virginia

Monday, November 24, 2008

May God be with you during this time.
Doris and Melissa Morton
Melissa Morton, Johnson City, Tennessee

Name: Jason & Jonathan Teague
Address:
611 Ridgeview Dr
City:
Johnson City
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37604
Home Phone:
423-282-6787
Email Address:
gsxrpro@hotmail.com     
Relation:
Friend


Name: Paduch family
City:
Johnson City
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37601 
Tribute:
Our family was deeply and sincerely saddened to learn of John's passing this past Saturday. As a family, we came to know and respect him over many many years of business dealings and always, no matter the circumstances nor trials and tribulations encountered along business' bumpy road, he was the picture of honesty, fairness, compassion and courteousness. He was a man who, though very successful and accomplished, never lost his ability to relate to everyone. He will by fondly remembered. Our sincerest sympathies.


Name: Rebecca Wolfenbarger
Address:
2124 Buckingham Circle
City:
Maryville
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37803
Email Address:
becca.wolfenbarger@gmail.com     
Relation:
acquaintance    
From:
Becca and Will    
Tribute:
Jane, I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was always so gracious and kind every time I saw him. I still remember and use the lesson he taught in Sunday School about the boy who complained because he had no shoes until he met the boy who had no feet. He lived what he preached, and we are better for having known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.


Name: Bruce W. Garland
Address:
5319 Third Street
City:
St. Augustine
State/Province:
Florida
Zip/Postal Code:
32080
Home Phone:
904-471-0621
Tribute:
Sorry to hear of passing of Mr. Seward. I was an employee of Paty Company, Johnson City for 21 years.


Name: Anne Banks Kitchens     
Tribute:
Dear Julie and John, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. What an incredible life he had. I did not know he had been a prisoner of war. He had so many wonderful accomplishments. He has certainly left an amazing legacy. Sincerely, Anne Kitchens


Name: Josh and Kristen Smith
Address:
City: Elizabethton
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37643 
Tribute:
John, Julie, and Family - You and your family are in our prayers. We wish we could express our condolences in person, and we rejoice with you over a life "well lived."


Name: Galen Droke
Address:
8853 Hectare Rd
City:
Winston
State/Province:
Georgia
Zip/Postal Code:
30187
Email Address: galendroke@bellsouth.net
     
Relation:
family    
From:
Galen, Laura and Kylie    
Tribute:
Jane, Eddie, Joe, and family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences in the loss of Mr. Seward. I have enjoyed knowing the Seward family many years and have always been impressed by the closeness, loyalty to Johnson City, and the character of the entire family. May God watch over you during this most difficult time.


Name: Steve Smoot
Address:
7220 New Forest Lane
City:
Wake Forest
State/Province:
North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code:
27587
Home Phone:
919 562 6874
Email Address:
ssmoot@nc.rr.com     
Relation:
Friend of Family    
Tribute:
Dear Mrs. Seward, John, Jane, Joe, and family, I was saddened to learn of Mr. Seward's death. I have had many thoughts and reflections on what a blessing John Seward has been to his community, church, family and friends. While I cannot be at the service tomorrow, I will hold you all up in my thoughts and prayers, and support you in spirit during this difficult time. May God Bless, Steve Smoot


Name: Maria Kalogeros
Relation:
friend    
Tribute:
Your dad was the sweetest man in Johnson City. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. It is a matter of time till all of our parents are gone. I am sorry you have to overcome his passing; I dread the passing of the time of my dad. We go back a long way back. We've been distant yet close thru years and hold a childhood bond. With distant love. He will was a great man and I will miss him. Maria


Name: Leon and Pamela Overbay
Address:
256 Highland Church Road
Tribute:
May God Bless those who mourn John's death. He will surely be missed but fondly remembered. A time of reunion is assured through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Name: Donna Fleenor
Address:
707 Gate City Highway
City:
Bristol
State/Province:
Virginia
Zip/Postal Code:
24201  
Email Address:
dfleenor@lbtc.com     
Relation:
Acquaintance    
Tribute:
To the Family of Mr. Seward: My deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Mr. Seward through The Paty Company several years ago. He was truly the perfect gentleman, so gracious and a pleasure to work with. I feel privileged to have known him. Most sincerely, Donna Fleenor


Name: Calvin Click
Address:
4422 Waynesboro
City:
Houston
State/Province:
Texas
Zip/Postal Code:
77035
Home Phone:
713-723-6496
Email Address:
calvin.click@sbcglobal.net     
Relation:
Munsey youth and basketball    
Tribute:
My sincere condolences to the Seward and Munsey family on your loss. Mr. & Mrs. Seward were a positive force in my life through Munsey's youth group during the late 50's and early 60's.


Name: Yvonne Mettetal Rayburn
Address:
1604 Myers Park Drive
City:
Charlotte
State/Province:
North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code:
28207
Email Address:
ymrayburn@aol.com     
Relation:
Childhood friend of John Seward, Jr.  
Tribute:
Dear John and Julie, I was so very sorry to hear about your father's death. We seem to have arrived at the point in our lives where we are saying Goodbye to our parents. I always remember what a close and loving family yours was, and know from losing my own father what a gap this will leave in your hearts and lives. I know that with time the grief will be replaced with loving and happy memories. Peace and love to you and yours, Yvonne


Name: Grace Justice
Address:
P.O. Box 916
City:
Grundy
State/Province:
Virginia
Zip/Postal Code:
24614
Home Phone:
276-935-2726
Email Address:
gracejustice@ymail.com     
Relation:
Fellow American Citizen  
Tribute:
With the deepest respect and appreciation on behalf of all America for your courageous dedication, sacrifice, and service in keeping our country safe, strong, and free. God bless your family and GOD BLESS AMERICA.


Name: James D. Culp
Address:
1634 Fairway Drive
City:
Johnson City
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37601
Home Phone:
(423) 929-8043
Email Address:
jcinjc@charter.net     
Relation:
Friend    
From:
Church    
Tribute:
John was a fine, gentle man with keen insight. I always enjoyed my discussions with him, and was proud to call him a friend. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to all the family.


Name: Velma Oxendine
Address:
208 Mayflower Rd
City:
Johnson City
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37601
Home Phone:
423-926-9740
Email Address:
Winston2@chartertn.net     
Relation:
Acquaintance     
Tribute:
It was such a pleasure knowing John for so many years. I've never known a more pleasant person. He was always there to lend an ear when I would seek business advise. He set such a great example for all to follow. I believe there is a world beyond this world where every soul finds peace and love goes on and on. John is at PEACE. He will be greatly missed.


Name: Cathy Woodward
Address:
603 Churchill Crossing
City:
Madison
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37115
Home Phone:
615-310-6567
Email Address:
Kathy.woodward08@comcast.net     
Relation:
Friend of the Family     
Tribute:
John will be truly missed. My love and prayers go out to his family, and what a wonderful family it is, the loss will be felt by many. God bless you, All my love. Kathy


Name: Becky Britton
Address:
1505 Fairidge Drive
City:
Kingsport
State/Province:
Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code:
37664
Home Phone:
423-245-3562
Email Address: bbritton@eastman.com
     
Relation:
friend of family     
Tribute:
Dearest Family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Seward. I know how close all of you were and how much he was loved. Words are so inefficient when trying to express my sorrow at your loss. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Please call me if I can do anything at all for any of you. I love you all very much, Becky


Name: Joel and Kay Walker
Address:
3509 Campbell Road
City:
Raleigh
State/Province:
North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code:
27606-4431
Home Phone:
919-851-0639
Email Address:
joelwalker@mindspring.com     
Relation:
Wendi Seward's parents    
From:
Joel and Kay Walker    
Tribute:
We are so very saddened to learned of Pa Pa's passing. We are so grateful that we had the privilege of meeting him and you at the children's wedding in Boone--Mar 07. Such a joy to know you and be connected by Evans and his family. Please know, Til and family, that you all are being lifted up in prayer by us. May the Father comfort, strengthen you and give you His great peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus. Sincerely, Joel and Kay Walker's (Wendi's parents)


 

 

   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

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff, 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.


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