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Roy Herbert Seay, Jr. confidently entered into eternal life with faith in his Lord Jesus Christ on September 14, 2023.
Born to Sara Monts and Roy Herbert Seay on July 25, 1942 in Charleston, Roy was a dedicated son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, husband, father and grandfather. He was a loyal friend to many and was quick to befriend strangers and include others. Always willing to offer a positive perspective, witty one-liner, sage advice or a word of encouragement, Roy was commonly known as “Big Dog”. He inspired many not only in his youth and prime, but most importantly in his valiant fight against cancer and related issues in his senior years, overcoming multiple challenges against tremendous odds and building a fan base along the way. A true family man and patriot, Roy set a positive example at home, at work and out in the community with countless reports of quiet mentorship to so many he cared for or anyone that simply asked for help. A charitable giver of his time, talents and treasure, he was famous for humming and whistling his way through the most challenging of situations with his calm and patient demeanor.
He fell in love with Martha Bolick from Columbia in 1965 while he completed his education at the University of South Carolina, where he found his passion for The Gamecocks and the brotherhood of Alpha Tau Omega. Martha and Roy were married in 1967 and set an example of Godly and faithful marriage for 55 years. They moved home to North Charleston to start a family where they had Jennifer (Seay Raines) in 1972 and David (Herbert Seay) in 1975.
Roy worked as a “Stock Broker” who evolved into a Financial Planner who was promoted to a Partner and Manager for Nashville based J.C. Bradford & Co. His love for company, leadership and people development led him into a Branch Manager and Top Producer. Roy ran the North Charleston office and became very active in the North Charleston Business, Church and Civic Communities through organizations he loved such as The Rotary Club of N. Charleston, The Gamecock Club and St. Thomas and St. Peters Church. Roy’s well-rounded success ultimately led him to Mount Pleasant, where he built a new location for the company in 1985 and completed a 50 year career concluding at Raymond James. Roy helped build Christ Episcopal Church (now Christ Church Anglican), where he loved the men’s group, his life group, and the fellowship he found there. There are plenty of other accolades to mention, but Roy wouldn’t brag to you about a single one.
Roy’s greatest joy was his season as a grandfather. He took pride in each and every grandchild, attending countless events to offer his support, even completing many carpool runs where he loved educating the children about history, secret snacks and of course, country music.
Roy would be the first one to tell you that he was far from perfect, but he didn’t see anything wrong with trying to get better each day and have a lot of fun in the process.
Roy leaves behind his faithful wife, Martha (Bolick) Seay; daughter, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Raines; grandchildren: Reeves, Harrison, Gracyn Raines; son, David (Amanda) Seay; grandchildren: Emma, Evan, Hayden and Stella Seay; sister, Shelly (Kenneth) Dandridge; nieces, Amy Dandridge and Keri (Madison) Powell; sister-in-law, Jeannie (Steve) Sparrow; brother-in-law, Gene Bolick; sister-in-law, Nancy (Walter) Kohn; niece, Stephanie Sackel; nephews: Alex Walters, Chandler and Lennox Kohn; and many other beloved family members.
The family will receive guests on Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home at 1520 Rifle Range Road in Mount Pleasant and the service for Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 22 at 11:00 AM at St. Andrews Church at 440 Whilden Street in Mount Pleasant, followed by a graveside burial at Christ Episcopal Church located at 2304 Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Christ Church Anglican Building Fund located at 3022 South Morgans Point Road #274, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 or to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center online https://giving.musc.edu/ways-to-give or by mail c/o MUSC Foundation 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425 in memory of Roy H. Seay, Jr. for the benefit of Hollings Cancer Center.
Proud Graduate of North Charleston High School, Proud Graduate of University of South Carolina, Proud Brother of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Saint Thomas Church Building and Grounds Committee, Vestry and Warden, Honorary Degree Wharton School of Business, Proud Member Rotary Club of North Charleston (Paul Harris Fellow Recipient)
Past Member of the Carolina Scholars Selection Committee – Univ. of S. Carolina
Past Member and Secretary North Charleston Citizen’s Advisory Council, Past Director and Treasurer of Junior Achievement of Greater Charleston, Past Director of I Care of Charleston (POW-MIA), Served on Senate Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Education in Charleston County, Member N. Charleston Steering Committee for the Trident Chamber of Commerce, Past Board of Directors for the Pastoral Counseling Center, Christ Church Men’s Group, Christ Church Finance Committee, Christ Church Capital Campaign Chairman, Christ Church Cancer Survivor Group, Gamecock Club Lifetime Member, Bone Marrow Candidate Mentor.
Themes from Roy’s Life that equipped him that he would like carried forward:
Be Humble. Be Kind.
Do The Right Thing. It Always Wins.
Attend And Tithe At Church.
Keep Growing Yourself. Take Others With You.
Be A Champion of Charities.
Look Out For Women And Children.
Champion Women In The Workplace And On The Field Of Competition.
Network And Connect Others To Help Them.
Be An Involved Husband, Father and Grandfather.
Don’t Miss School Events.
Measure Twice, Cut Once.
Save For A Rainy Day. History Repeats Itself.
Be Patient And Let Time Help You Make Decisions.
Always Seek Resolution, Don’t Lead With Conflict.
When You Are Angry, Think And Pray Before You Act.
Love Your Neighbor And Get To Know Them.
Celebrate The Victories Of Other People.
Plan Ahead And Help Others Do The Same.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcalister-smith.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home - 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, 843-884-3833.