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Myrtle Addy Obituary

Services to celebrate the full life of Myrtle Seastrunk Addy, 100, will be held at 4pm Thursday, December 29, 2005, in the Mausoleum at Southland Memorial Gardens, conducted by Chaplain Gary Lyerly and Rev. Alexander Twedt, with burial to follow in the cemetery. Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge.

Mrs. Addy, widow of Henry E. Addy, died Monday, December 26, 2005. Born in the Cedar Grove community, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Jacob and Dona Hite Seastrunk. She was a 1925 graduate of Summerland College and retired from the S.C. Tax Commission. While a member of Cedar Grove Lutheran Church in Leesville, she was instrumental in the forming of the “Circles” for the Women of the Church. In 1947, at the Women’s Mission Society Convention, her idea was adopted statewide. Myrtle was known for these words, “Without the help of my Savior and Lord, I could not have accomplished the things I have for my church.” She served as a church organist for over 70 years. Mrs. Addy was a member of Transfiguration Lutheran Church. In 1999, she was presented the Community Service Award by the Columbia Chapter DAR for her many years of volunteer service. In 2003, she was honored by Senior Resources as being the longest RSVP volunteer, having volunteered over 18,000 hours for 30 years. In July of 2003, Mrs. Addy was personally awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by the Honorable Governor Mark Sanford. When Mrs. Addy was asked by Governor Sanford what advice she could give him, she replied, “Have faith in the Lord.”

Surviving are her son-in-law, Lewis D. Shealy of Cayce; nephews, John Seastrunk of Irmo and Paul Addy of Baltimore, MD; niece, Ellen Dozier of Columbia; and her adopted daughter, Sebrena B. Lattimore of Columbia.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Doris Addy Shealy, brother, Dr. J. Gordon Seastrunk and sister, Frances Seastrunk.

Thanks to the Taylor Building Staff of the Lowman Home for the care, compassion and concern shown and given to Myrtle as their kindness will always be remembered. Gratitude and sincere thanks is extended to the Lexington Medical Center ER Staff, 8th Floor Women’s Surgery and 6th Floor Medical Staff for taking care of Myrtle during the last days of her life.

It was the request of Mrs. Addy that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Lowman Home New Life Chapel Organ Fund, P.O. Box 444, White Rock, SC 29177 or Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 1301 12th St., Cayce, SC 29033, if so desired.

Published online on 12/27/2005.