SFC James Leroy “John” Seward, 81, of Graham, passed away on December 25, at his home. “John”, as he was known, was born on December 14, 1931 to Mrs. Anna Bell Seward and the late, Leroy Roosevelt Seward. He joined Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church at an early age and was educated in the Jeff Davis County and graduated from Baxley Training School in Baxley. After completing high school, John served his country proudly for 23 years in the United States Army. After retiring from the Army he worked for the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, where he retired after 12 years of service.
John resided most of his life in Lawton, Oklahoma and three years ago he moved back home to Graham, to be closer to his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Roosevelt Seward, his son, James Love, both of his wives, Lillie Bess Seward and Doris Seward; a brother, Robert Seward and a sister, Nellie Seward.
John leaves to cherish his memories: two sons: James “Jimmy” Seward, Atlanta, and Dewayne “Peaches” Seward, Graham; his loving mother, Anna Seward, Atlanta; seven sisters: Jacqueline (Thomas O.) Thomas, Darien, Lynette (Tommy) King, Graham, Annette Seward, Nashville, Tenn., Ella (Robert) Studevent, Washington, DC, Dorothy Hayes, Graham, Etta (Dewayne) Kemp, Clinton, Md., Shirley (Lennis) Johnson, Hazlehurst; three brothers: Glenn and Richard Seward, both of Miami, Fl. and Edwin Roosevelt Seward, Antioch, Tenn.; a step daughter, Sandy McManemy, Sebring, Fl.; three daughter in-laws: Marilyn Love, Vidalia, Jeanette Seward, Houston, Tx. and Lisa Seward, Atlanta; special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Brenner, Lawton, Oklahoma ; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
There was not a wake/visitation. Remains laid in state two hours prior to funeral services.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 29, at 3:00 p.m. at Bennett Tabernacle Holiness Church, Interment in Morgan Chapel Cemetery.
Final Arrangements were entrusted to Royal Funeral Home, Jesup.
01/04/13 at 05:47 PM
As I just came across this article, my heart dropped. Mr. Seward was a sweet man. I free to know him the time that I spent with him and his family as I cares for his mother as her caregiver. My heart and prayers are with this family.
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03/18/13 at 10:40 PM
Oh this was a shock to all of us, Seward was a great friend of my dads and all our kids knew him as god dad. We didn't know he passed until today when I asked my dad if heard from him. We didn't know if he was sick or what. We love him very much he will be missed are hearts and prayers go out to the family. My God open his gates to a really speacil angle. When I hear thunder now I'll think of Seward enjoying a game of bowling with The Lord. Love my you uncle, my dads best friend and true army bubbly for life