Randal Kelly Seago

Born: Tue., Jan. 1, 1957
Died: Tue., Jan. 29, 2013


Visitation

7:00 PM Sat., Feb. 02, 2013
Location: Sylva First Baptist Church


Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sun., Feb. 03, 2013
Location: Sylva First Baptist Church


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Randal Kelly Seago, 56, of Sylva died at his residence January 29, 2013. He was the son of the late Robert Lee Seago and Naomi Alene Beck Seago of Clyde, NC.   In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Judith Carol Jones Seago, two daughters, Paige Elizabeth Seago and Elayna Rose Seago of the home; two sisters, Donna Mershon (John) of Waynesville, Regina Kilpatrick of Clyde.

Mr. Seago graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, in 1979. From there, he continued his education at the University of Louisville School of Law in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1985. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association in 1988, the same year that he began his affiliation with the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. In his years of service, Mr. Seago earned reputation as an attorney wholly devoted to and passionate about defending the rights of his clients. Mr. Seago was also a member of American Association for Justice. He has been involved in many high-profile cases in his career, including appellate work that resulted in a significant interpretation of the law in favor of his clients.

Randy was recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in Western North Carolina. He loved the trial process, and handled both civil and criminal cases. He had the enviable ability and intellect to reduce mountains of complex evidence into and understandable stories which he loved to tell juries. He developed a passion for defending people accused of capital murder, and was a featured speaker last year at the annual seminar devoted to those dedicated to saving people from the death penalty. Despite sometimes incredible odds, he never had a client sentenced to death. Randy also broke new legal ground in the early 1990's with the use of DNA testing to prove paternity to allow the rightful heir to inherit. He was universally respected in the legal community, and mentored countless younger attorneys how they could learn to be zealous, yet ethical, advocates.

The family will receive friends beginning at 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Sylva First Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm at Sylva First Baptist Church.

Donations in lieu of flowers to:

First Baptist Church of Sylva
669 W. Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-2095

Smoky Mountain High School Swim Team
Attn: David Napiert
100 Smoky Mountain Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-2177

People of Faith Against The Death Penalty
110 W. Main Street
Ste 2-G
Carrboro, NC 27510
919-933-7567
www.pfadp.org

Heifer International
www.heifer.org

As with any donation please include "In Memory of Randy Seago"

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Linda Sellers
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Randy's death. He played in the band Pirates of the Tuckaseigee with my husband, Lloyd Sellers, who passed away a year tomorrow. My granddaughter, Kelli Sellers was in school with Paige. I understand your sorrow and wanted to let you know your family is in my prayers. May God see you through this hard time and let you look back and enjoy all the happy years.

Cheryl D.
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from fond memories. The Bible tells us God will restore paradisaic conditions to our earth and mankind can enjoy life on earth forever in perfect health. (Psalm 37:11,29; Rev.21:4) We will even be reunited with our loved ones sleeping in death. (John 5:28,29)
God always fulfills his purpose and promises.

MINNIE MATHIS
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
DEAR DR SEAGO I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS....MAY GOD COMFORT YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME ....WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY ...MAY YOUR MEMORIES BRING YOU COMFORT DURING THE DAYS AHEAD...GOD BLESS YOU ALL...

Janet Davis Smith
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time.Randy and I graduated together at Tuscola..He was a great guy...Again I am so sorry for your loss.

Angela C. Gleason
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Randy's death. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I remember Randy and your family very well when I was attending your church until I got married. He will be greatly missed.

Mike & Anita Rogers
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
We will remember Randy's smile, adventurous spirit and his love for family. Our prayers are with you.

Jesse Flake
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
My sincere sympathy to Judy and the girls, Naomi, and Randy's extended family. I'm so glad he, Donna, and Regina got to visit me even though he was sick. They brought pastries from the store, and we had a great time talking, visiting, and enjoying the food. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Anita Brown Cullen
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
My deepest thoughts of sympathy and prayers are with you. Randy was a joy to know. We shared some classes and graduated together at Tuscola. May God comfort you as only He can.

Mary Proctor
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Please accept my sincerest condolences during this sad time in your lives. My heart goes out to you Judy, Paige, Eleana and Naomi and also to Donna and Regina. I know you will miss him so very much. He will live on in our memories. Much love, Mary

Mary Madama Ward
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Dear Judy and girls,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers today. Praying God's presence and comfort for you. Much Love, Mary

Darlene Melcher
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Dear Dr. Seago,
You and your family have been in our prayers for sometime. I'm so sorry about your loss. I pray that God will hold you very closely and that when the sun starts to shine again you may be able to see His kindness through this all. I pray for hope and healing.
Sincerely, The Melcher family

Kathi McCavitt Watson
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Dear Dr. Seago and family,
What a joy Randy has always been to his friends who knew his sense of humor, and he will be greatly missed for his generous spirit. I went to school with him at Tuscola, worked with him at Brown, Ward, and Haynes, and also at Melrose, Seago and Lay. He left a legacy of Christian values, laughter, and strong advocacy for those in need. Praying for you and your family for God's special comfort.

Buddy & Irene Brooks
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
We would like to extend our sympathy to your family during this sad time. We did not know Randy personally, but we know his mother Naomi, sisters, Donna and Regina. Please know that we are praying for you during the next days and months ahead. May God comfort you and wrap His love around you.

Patti & Rick Harper
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Dear Judy, Paige and Elayna,

We are so sorry for your loss. Randy was someone we greatly respected, both professionally and personally. He was friendly, positive and encouraging; we are thankful to have known him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Patti & Rick Harper

Cheryl Tilley Key
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. I graduated from Tuscola with Randy. He was such a nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

kim deweese
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Dr. Seago ,daughters and Randy's mom. I'm so sorry for your loss. Find comfort in knowing Randy's in heaven today singing with his Dad and Jesus. 1Corinthians 15:54-56. I graduated high school with Randy. We also began playing basketball & football together in the 6 grade. I thought alot of Randy and will miss him too. Again I"m so sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,

Kim DeWeese

Betty Jean Flake Sink
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all of Randy's family. He and his family were special cousins!! I was so saddened when my brother, Jesse, called to tell me Randy had died. May God be very near to each of you and give you the comfort and strength you need; and may your wonderful memories be a blessing to each of you always! Love, Betty Jean

Riverside Cove Camp
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Our hearts break for you. We pray that you would feel Christ holding you close during this time. God allowed us to have Paige and Elayna at camp and you could tell that their daddy loved and cherished them so much. His daughters were a reflection of a great man. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Haywood Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors & Staff
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Paige and family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father.

John Ottinger, Natural Resources Conservation Service
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Paige and family,

I was saddened to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

John

Phyllis Cobb
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Randy was a fine man and will be greatly missed.

Phyllis Cobb

Tom & Beverly Turrentine
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Dr. Seago and family, Our heartfelt prayers are with you all. May God give you strength and peace during this very difficult time. We pray that you will feel the warmth and love of your family and friends and know God's care is surrounding you. Our love and friendship to you, Tom, Beverly & Lindsey Turrentine

Mary Ann Tally
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathies on such a great loss. I worked with Randy on many death penalty cases, and he was so devoted to his clients. He was a great lawyer and a great man. I will miss him

Most sincerely, Mary Ann Tally

Debbie Kinsland
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Randy's passing. I worked with Randy in the court system in Haywood County. He will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed his sense of humor, and enjoyed watching him present his cases before the court. May the Lord be ever present as you and your family go through the days ahead.

Ron Lugbill
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
The fact that Randy was a good lawyer is a minor point compared to the fact that he was a good person. For example, Randy and Judy graciously allowed my wife and daughter and myself to stay with them when we first moved to the mountains right after law school when we were looking for housing.

In an era where it seems that there are few rules of propriety or ethics, Randy was the rare individual who always tried to do what was right. Winning, popularity or making more money were secondary considerations compared to doing the right thing.

He never bullied people or threatened or intimidated others. He cared more about doing what was right than advancing his own career.

As a lawyer, sometimes there is pressure to do something that is not illegal but not what your mother or your God would have you do. Randy resisted the pressure to be less ethical. He wasn't swayed.

He also cared deeply for his family. Among the unique things I learned from Randy was when he said that he wanted his daughters to be on the swim team in order to learn to lose. He felt that it was an important life lesson that you sometimes don't win, but that is ok and you can be gracious both in defeat and in victory. When most other parents just want their kids to win, Randy looked at sports more as an opportunity for his daughters to learn life lessons.

His life stands as an example for me. Thanks for being a great role model Randy.

Vicki Sayer Aldrich
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Vicki S. Aldrich

Laura Bishop
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Dr. Seago and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Although we did not know Randy well, we enjoyed speaking with him at swim meets. I enjoyed timing with him whenever Franklin and Sylva swam against each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Maurice, Laura, Anna, & Matt Bishop

Debbie and Randy Hooper
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Dear Judy and girls, so very sorry to hear about Randy. Our thoughts and many prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. He was a great man, and will be missed by all who knew him. Love and prayers, Debbie and Randy Hooper
Bryson Farm Supply

Debbie Cogdill Silvers
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
I am very sorry to hear of Randy's passing. My prayers are with you and the family at this time. I graduated with Randy. He was a wonderful inspiration to all he came in contact with.

Larry J. Ford
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
I am very saddened to hear of Randy's passing. He was a very respected member of the 30th Judicial District Bar, and, as evidenced by the volume of personal comments, a good person as well.

He will be missed, not only by his family, but by his colleagues as well.

The Gallingers
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Dear Judy, Elena, and Paige,
Although it is comforting to know that Randy is now at peace, we will share your sadness. We will miss seeing his happy face around the neighborhood. Please let us know if we can be of any help.
Cynthia, Roy and family

Ernest "Buddy" Conner
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathies on your tragic loss. For years I admired Randy's work on his capital cases. I admired how devoted he was to his clients, and their causes. He was a great lawyer and an excellent man, who set the example for others to emulate. He saved a great many lives, and we all will miss him.

Thad & Lee Woods
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about Randy. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. May God hold you close during this difficult time.

Judge Dennis L. Howell
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of my good friend and colleague. He was a most respected and distinguished member of the Federal Bar and will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed having him appear in my courtroom and could always depend on him to be greatly prepared and ready to present his cases. He was an excellent and dedicated lawyer.

Pam and Steve Anderson
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Our condolences and prayers go to you, Dr Seago, and your daughters. Randy was a good friend in middle school and high school and we enjoyed seeing him, however briefly, throughout the years. He was so proud of his family. He was an ethical, caring, and intelligent man who will be missed by many.


Phil Woody
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
I have known your family in many different capacities (teacher, coach, friend) and have always admired and respected your spirit and committment to family and our community. For several years, Randy came into my classroom to share a lawyer's perspective on TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He was so well received and I will miss his presentations. As believers with you, Gayle and I are convinced of what lies beyond the veil and know that Randy awaits us.

Bill and Lynne Johson
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Judy, Paige and Elayna - We are holding you tightly in prayer as you walk through this valley. Randy was a joy to know and we count ourselves blessed to have known him. May you feel God's sweet comfort and presence today and in the days ahead.

Pat and Jason Hedrick
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Dear Judy, Elayna, Paige and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to pray for God's comfort today and in the days ahead. I will be forever grateful for Randy's willingess to stand for doing the right thing. I know he will be greatly missed, but certainly never forgotten by those in our home and community.

Beth Carpenter Swanson and family
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Nikki,
So sorry for your loss, I can not even imagine your sorrow. I've been thinking about you. Love Beth

WR Boyd Family
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
We were so saddened to hear of Randy's passing. Our deepest sympathies to all of the family.

Marie Fowlkes
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Judy- So sorry to hear about Randy's passing. You and your family have been in my prayers ever since he was on 2 North. I can only imagine what you are going through. Take care-I hope you and your daughters find comfort in all the people who love and care for you. Marie

Rev. Chris, DeeDee, Christian and Chase Ehrlich
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
Judy,
Please know we are so saddened to learn of Randy's death. We are praying for you and the girls and so wish we could be there to express our love for you and your family. Randy and you and the girls will always hold a special place in our hearts. Love and peace be with you in these days.
God's blessings,
The Ehrlichs

Theresa Dean
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. Randy gave me my first lucky break as a private investigator. It was a privilege to work for him. He was always professional and a great friend. May his family be comforted in this time of grieving. He will truly be missed....

Tom Jones
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
Randy was one of the most learned and compassionate attorneys I have known. I knew him both as an associate on several cases and as a worthy opponent in several others. He was always dedicated to the cause of his client The legal profession will miss his contributions greatly.

Debra F Page
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
Spain, New England, mission trips, hiking across the country, and diving into the waters locally: these are some of the memories you have of Randy. He set the bar high for you girls, and gave so much to so many people.
What a beautiful family you have been and will continue to be. His legacy has not died, just his pain.
God be with you all.

Ginny and Don Patten
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
Dear Seago Family,
Anybody who knew Randy knew how much he loved his family. He was a wonderful father, in addition to being a dedicated attorney with a brilliant career. His loss is a tragedy for all, but especially his family. We pray you will continue to feel his love for you, as well as God's love, through the caring support of your friends and family. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Ginny and Don Patten

RegeMcCauley
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Judy and girls, I have remembered you in prayer so many times over the last few years and will continue to hold you close in my heart and on that wish least for peace and rest. Just know there are so many folks who care for you and stand ready to help in any way you can think of. I hope the love of God and your friends/family will soothe your hearts very soon.
Go well, Rege

Lavonne Casey
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
I was sadden to hear of Randy's passing. He and I were in the same class from our days at Waynesville Jr High through Tuscola. He was always a nice guy, and I enjoyed the few times that I saw him over the more recent years. His time on this earth seemed well spent, so those that knew him can surely rejoice in that. Sending many thoughts of comfort to the family.

Todd Garland
   Posted Thu March 28, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Randy helped coach our football team briefly when I was in high school, and I've always remembered what a great guy he was. He took a few of us to a University of Kentucky scrimmage one weekend on his own dime, then out for burgers afterwards. I remember him as a unique individual with a quirky sense of humor. I am sure he will be missed.

Kay Seibert O'Hara
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
One of the greatest delights I had this past year was to re-connect with Randy and learn of his deep and abiding love for his family, his LORD, his work, his music, and his mountain roots. He was one of the most noble, poetic souls I have ever known, and my life and faith are all the richer for having had the privilege of associating with this humble, gentle man. We may have graduated together from high school once upon a time, but I now look eagerly forward to crossing that final stage into Paradise with a joyous shout and meeting up with Randy again for some excellent tunes and even better storytelling. Godspeed, Brother.