Joseph Edward Seay, 81, of Gastonia, N.C., died Tuesday, June 17, 2008.
Born in Banks County, he was the son of the late William Harrison and Chester Parr Seay. He was a retired supervisor with Knit Products Corporation. He was a member of the Belmont Masonic Lodge, member of the Catawba Heights Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and was a former member of Stowe Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a former Sunday school superintendent and deacon. He was preceded in death a sister, Mozelle Lord; and brothers, Otis, J.B. and Lewis Seay. Mr. Seay was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Princeton.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Purcell Seay; daughter and son-in-law, Trish Seay and Johnny Baucom, Kannapolis; son and daughter-in-law, William Joseph and Jean Seay, Alexis; grandchildren, Melissa Duncan, Jeanna Johnson, William Seay Jr. and Julia Seay; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Jacks, Maysville, and Mary Sue King, Bonaire; and a brother, Fred Seay, Gainesville.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 19, at Woodlawn Funeral Home with Dr. Ernest S. Purcell and the Rev. Tommy Seay officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28053.
Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.