Peggy Seale Smith

Peggy Seale Smith Peggy Seale Smith was born on January 27, 1953 in Halletsville, Texas to Billy Sidney Seale and Charlene Rightmer Seale. After a courageous battle against colon cancer, the Lord called her home on December 11, 2012 at her residence in Huntsville, Texas. She spent most of her early school years in Edna, Texas and graduated from La Grange High School in 1970. She enjoyed in her youth playing the piano, involvement in the 4-H program, showing animals, riding horses, spending time in Muldoon with her grandparents and learning the responsibilities of ranching from her father. Peggy attended Blinn College, The University of Texas at Austin and Sam Houston State University. After college, Peggy's career focused on state government and public policy. Her professional life took off in the early 1970's when she began working for the State Comptroller of Public Accounts and as the Chief of Staff for State Representative Bill Blythe. In 1984, Peggy was appointed to the State Pension Review Board by Governor Mark White. After serving this term, she was then appointed by Governor's Bill Clements and Ann Richards to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Peggy's love for being involved in government led her to begin her own personal career with McAdams Consulting where she was involved with the development of newly-built private prisons throughout Texas. In 2001, she returned to TDCJ as the Manager for the Office of Space Management until her retirement in 2005. Peggy was a member of numerous organizations and boards over the years. She was a member of the Huntsville ISD School Board, Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments, Huntsville Education Foundation, Huntsville Board of Realtors, Huntsville-Walker County Conference and Tourist Bureau, The Huntsville Leadership Institute-Walker County and the Board of Trustees for Theatre Under the Stars-Houston. She was very interested in politics and in turn ran and organized many political campaigns. She had a strong business sense and a very creative side. One of her passions in life was cooking and she spent many wonderful years running a personal catering business. She became very interested in the selling and buying of real estate. This led her into a real estate career that lasted many years. In recent years, she acquired greater education and expertise in interior decorating and real estate staging which led her to create Savvy Homestyles. Her decorating forte was sought after for both private residences and office space around Huntsville and the greater Houston area. Peggy was a serious dog lover, tremendous cook, avid reader, shopping fanatic, lover of all things outdoors including hunting, devoted Christian, loving wife, mother and friend. She is preceded in death by her father, Billy Sidney Seale of La Grange, Texas. She is survived by her mother, Charlene Rightmer Seale of La Grange, Texas; loving husband of 16 years, David; daughter, McKinsey McAdams Copeland and husband Baron of Lubbock, Texas; stepson Hunter Smith of Huntsville; and sister, Patti Kay Holly and husband Dale of Muldoon, Texas. She is also survived by two nephews, many great nephews and nieces and also many dear friends. Pallbearers are Kelley Adamson, Joe Boaz, Kenny Coleman, Matthew Crainer, Jimmy Harding, Allen Hightower, Will McAdams, Mike Murray and Clay Rightmer. A visitation will be held at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Northside Baptist Church in Huntsville on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Drive #270, Edina, MN 55436 or by visiting Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 13, 2012