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James Seay Sr.

James Lee Seay Sr.

RALEIGH - James Lee Seay Sr., 85, a resident of Raleigh, passed away peacefully at Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

"Jim" was born June 3, 1928, in Salisbury and graduated from Spencer High School in 1944. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1948 and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1952, where he was a member of Delta Theta Phi Law fraternity.

Jim served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 until 1955 as a Captain in the artillery.

He had a long and distinguished career practicing law in the Wake county area and throughout North Carolina for 57 years and was senior partner with Pat Horne of the Seay and Horne Law firm. His industry affiliations included being a member of the NC State Bar, the NC State Bar Association and he was a former President of the Wake County Bar Association.

Mr. Seay was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Thomas Waller Seay and wife Inez of Spencer; and his sister, Ruth Austin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Murdock Seay of the home; his brother, The Honorable Thomas Waller Seay Jr. and his wife Patty of Spencer; and four children James L. Seay Jr. and wife Mary Ellen of Wilmington, Helen Congdon and her husband David of High Point, Thomas M. Seay of Raleigh and Robert A. Seay and his wife Lora of Greensboro. He was known and loved as "Paw Paw" by his seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jim will be remembered by all his family and friends for his intelligence, good heartedness and friendliness. He was a loyal and dedicated family man who loved traveling, going to the beach, golfing, fishing and watching sports. He especially enjoyed good conversations with his family and friends and will be missed by all.

The family would like to thank Dr. James Parsons of Raleigh for his many years of outstanding care and concern. We are thankful for the excellent care he received from the doctors, nurses, staff and Sisters of Pennybyrn, as well as Dr. Darryl Kalil and Dr. Kenneth Lennon of High Point. We are also grateful for the heartfelt love and support he received from his Visiting Angels, especially Cindy, Mardee and Sheila.

Service: The memorial service officiated by Dr. Craven E. Williams will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday. Jan. 16 at Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612.

Visitation: Visitation with the family will precede the memorial service from 9:30a.m. until 11 a.m. A burial will follow the service at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Central Carolina http://www.foodbankcenc.org

Online condolences may be made at www.MitchellatRMP.com
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Published in Salisbury Post from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2014
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