Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Ralph Boyd Seaver Dies in Longview, Texas in 1974

Here is this week's 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 Longview [Texas] News-Journal newspaper dated 10 January 1974, page 27:

The transcription of the article is:

"Ralph Seaver

"Funeral services for Ralph Boyd Seaver, 46, of 817 Travis St., are set for 10 a.m. Friday in the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Max Martin officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Park Cemetery.

"Mr. Seaver died early Wednesday morning in a local hospital.

"A native of Kellogg, Idaho, he had been a resident of Longview for the past six years, having moved here from Monroe, La.

"Seaver was a rate clerk for Red Ball Motor Freight, and a veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Bettie Seaver, Longview; two daughters, Linda Sue Adkins of Gladewater and Mary Ann Seaver, Longview; two brothers, Wilmer Seaver of Forest Lake, Minn., and Cecil Seaver, Portland, Ore., one sister, Mrs. Pyrtle Meadows of Chewelah, Wash.; two grandsons and a number of nieces and nephews."

The source citation is:

"Ralph Seaver," Longview [Texas] News-Journal newspaper, Thursday, 10 January 1974, page 27, column 1, Ralph Boyd Seaver obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 3 July 2023).

This obituary identifies his full name, his age. his wife's name, his children's names and residences, his siblings names and residences, his occupation, military service, and religious affiliation.

Ralph Boyd Seaver was born 20 November 1927 in Kellogg, Idaho, the son of Ralph W. and Lorene Silver (Albright) Seaver.  He died 9 January 1974 in Longview, Texas.  He married Bettie Lula Lunsford (1931-1993) on 30 August 1947 in Miller County, Arkansas.  They had two daughters:

*  Linda Sue Seaver (1953-2011), married 1971 Bruce Alan Adkins (1948-2001).
*  Mary Ann Seaver (1957-????), married 1975 Ricky Del Lenamond (1957-????).

Ralph Boyd Seaver (1927-1974) is my 9th cousin once removed, with the common Seaver ancestor of my 9th great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1608-1683).

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 person dies relatively young.  I am glad that I can honor  Ralph Boyd 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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