Thursday, January 7, 2021

Seavers in the News -- Carter W. Seaver Dies at 54 in Gate City, Virginia

 It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Kingsport [Tenn.] Times newspaper dated 8 December 1960:

The transcription of the article is:

"Carter W. Seaver

"GATE CITY -- Carter W. Seaver, 54, died at his residence at 12 p.m. Tuesday.

"He was a life-long resident of Scott County, Va., and a member of the Gate City Methodist Church.

"He had been a barber by trade for most of his life.  He was employed by the Cross-Vermillion Barber Shop of Gate City, Va.

"Survivors include his wife, Ova Gilley Seaver, Gate City; one son, Billy Seaver, Gate City; his father, A.P. Seaver, Gate City; five sisters, Mrs. Roy E. Rose, Mrs. Belt Quillen, Mrs. Grace Maness, Mrs. L.B. Ferbrache, and Mrs. P.M. Elliott, all of Gate City; two brothers, R.E. Seaver  and Jamie Seaver, Gate City.

"Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Gate City Methodist Church with Rev. Ray P. Hargraves and Rev. Kenneth Williams officiating.  Burial will follow in the Holston View Cemetery.

"Pallbearers will be Ray Quillen, Jack Quillen, Jerry Seaver, Harold Seaver, Euel Elliott, O.F. Pendleton, Pat Gilliam, Pat Quillen, Byrd Quillen, Jim Rose and Joe Baker.

"The body was removed from the Gate City Funeral Home to the residence of his father, A.P. Seaver, in Gate City at 7 p.m. Wednesday."

The source citation is:

"Carter W. Seaver,Kingsport [Tenn.] Times newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 8 December 1960, page 25, column 1, Carter W. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 7 January 2021).

This death notice provides only an age, an approximate death date, his occupation, and the names of his spouse, one child, parents, siblings and pallbearers.  

William Carter Seaver (1905-1960) was born 30 March 1905 in Gate City, Virginia, the son of Ap Percell and Lillian (Hutchins) Seaver.  He married (1) Maude Ethel Stewart (1907-1988) in 1927, divorced in 1944, and they had no children.  He married (2) Ova Marie (Roberts) Gilley (1924-2012) in 1959, and they had one child:

*  Ray William "Billy" Seaver (1959-????).

I am not related to William Carter Seaver since he is descended from Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver who migrated from Germany to Virginia in the 1760s.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a man lives his life surrounded by family and dies early. I am glad that I can honor William Carter Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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