By Cheryl Brown
By Cheryl Brown
The last day of James Seay’s life signified what he had been doing with his life… helping family and friends. This time he was helping his mother.
It was May 22, 2006 James and a friend were cleaning the garage, something he had promised his mother he would do as soon as he could. He was finishing up the chore and had just sent his mother in the house when terror struck. He was accosted by one or more people who wanted to destroy him and in the process destroyed his loving family, church family and all who cared about him. He was shot several times while in the family’s backyard and the reasons have not been revealed. Police are working on the case and there is no information on the suspects at this time. He had been shot and his femur bone was shattered last year.
At his funeral service, held at Ecclesia, person after person stood to give testimony to the love of this strong mother, many times referring to her as mom. One person saying that Mrs. Seay had to sit her down and tell her she was not her mother. She felt comfort in being there with the large family that has dwindled considerably with this latest tragedy.
James Arthur Seay was born to Elvin and Helen Seay on October 25, 1968 in Los Angeles. He was born into a saved, sanctified and Holy Ghost filled household, and had a mother and a father on one accord. His father was the founding pastor of Greater Love COGIC. In a story told at the funeral, as a family they fasted together sometimes for days or weeks. It taught them discipline and obedience but they admitted the sacrifice was not easy.
Some who rose to speak were clearly in pain themselves, as his older brother Elvin, his father Elvin Sr., and close friend Kenny Brown preceded him in death.
James was remembered as the life of the party. He was one of the favorite uncles and Mark Seay his famous brother will miss his long conversations and the special Christian bond that they shared. The family are members of Refreshing Spring COGIC, in Riverside, where Elder Bobby A. Davis is pastor.
The love of the Lord is what is sustaining the family. As the speakers spoke they reminded the family and friends they need to let the police handle the case and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“In a special message to the family on the back of the program a message from James said, “I know you have a lot of questions about the whole situation, but I am alright and I am free….avenge not yourselves but rather give place unto wrath for it is written vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
Left to cherish his memory is wife, DaNette, daughter Galisa Denise, Mother Helen Seay, one brother Mark, two sisters Helen Denise and Mary Marline two brothers-in-law Robert London and Larry Rosborough, one sister –in-law Renee, five nephews, five nieces, one aunt Nancy Jackson one uncle Willie Joe Whitaker and a host of other relatives, friends and extended family members.
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