Melva Pearl (Asberry) Seay (1946 - 2018)

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Franklin, TN- Melva Pearl Asberry Seay, age 71, a graduate of Texas Tech, passed into the presence of her Savior on June 11, 2018, in Franklin, Tennessee, where she resided for 34 years. She was born in Groom, Texas, on July 30, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Fannie Asberry. She is survived by her husband, David Seay of Franklin, daughters Laura Seay and Kathryn Seay, brothers- and sisters-in-law Mike and Carol Seay and Steve and Becki Seay, numerous nephews and nieces, several cousins, and her lifelong friend from Groom, Mary Kay Johnson.

She graduated as Salutatorian from Groom High School in 1964, and earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in elementary education from Texas Tech. In 1968, she was recognized as the first-ever top graduate in the newly-named College of Education at Tech. She taught public school for nine years and then retired to be a full-time mother to Laura and Kathryn, whom she considered her proudest accomplishments. Later, she became a substitute teacher for 15 years.

She was an active member of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. She taught Sunday School for 30 years, first to single adults, and later to first and second graders. She took great joy in being involved in local and international missions through the Woman's Missionary Union and Women on Mission.

A ministry especially close to her heart was to send birthday cards to every child in her Sunday School classes. She also expressed her love to extended family and friends by sending cards every year for special occasions.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at Brentwood Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. The family suggests memorials be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes, P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024 or to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200. An online guestbook is available at (615)377-0775
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from June 13 to June 14, 2018