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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cancer takes Former Marianna City Manager Louie Seay Jr., at Age 61

Well Known Marianna Resident Passes After Battle With Cancer

By Sid Riley

Louie Seay Jr. a 1965 graduate of Marianna High School died on Saturday after an extended battle with cancer. He leaves behind a loving family including his son, Charlie Seay, his daughter Brandie Seay, his mother Juanita Seay, brother Jim Seay, sisters Julie Hatcher and Lynda Gause, his former wife of many years, Debbie Seay, two grandchildren, and many many friends.
After high school Louie attended Chipola and then the University of Florida. However he interrupted his studies to enter the U.S. Marine Corps to serve in the Viet Nam War which was then raging in the Far East. He served heroically, receiving the Purple Heart for combat injuries.
After his discharge from the military, Louie resumed his college studies. Using his VA benefits, he earned a BS degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of West Florida. After graduation from college, Louie Seay wanted to return to Jackson County, his home.

His first local job was as Assistant Director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, working as an assistant to Bill Stanton who was then the Director. After one year in that position, his capabilities were recognized by the Marianna City Commission, who offered him the position of City Manger. Louie accepted this new role, and served for several years under the terms of then Mayors, Bob Pforte and J.D. Swearingen.

When asked about Louie’s service to the community during that phase of his career, Bill Stanton stated, "Louie demonstrated great personal motivation by returning from the Viet Nam War, returning to college to earn his MBA, then returning to Jackson County to serve the community he loved. He was the first formal City Manager, and the benefits he demonstrated as an effective manager has led to the unquestioned justification for that position after his service. He performed a lasting service to our community."

Louie was enticed away from the City Manager’s position by the opportunity to enter the management group of Baxter’s Asphalt. He later worked in management for several asphalt companies in the North Florida area.

Louie Seay’s full obituary is presented in the obit section of this paper on page A8. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to his family. Louie will be missed.

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