Edwards, Oberia “Obie” Seay Read (2008)

Obituary of Oberia “Obie” Seay Read Edwards ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Oberia “Obie” Seay Read Edwards, 84, of Asheville, passed away Friday, November 7, 2008 at Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock, NC.  She was born in Haywood County to the late Hayes Seay and Gertrude Mull Seay.  Oberia was raised in Bryson City, NC and graduated from Swain County High School in 1943.  She loved Marion and lived here from 1968 until 1997.  She was a Deputy Clerk of Court for McDowell County until her retirement in 1991.  She loved crossword puzzles and the mountains.

She was a devout Christian and read the Bible all the way through two times a year for over 30 years.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband Richard H. Read, Sr, her second husband Tench Edwards; 2 sisters, Hazel Seay Welch and Evelyn Seay Beatty; and 1 brother Buddy Seay.

She is survived by 2 sons, Dick Read and wife Betsy of Goldsboro, and Jeff Edwards of Arden; 2 brothers, Jack Seay and wife Doris and Arnold Seay and wife Christine both of Marion; 2 sisters, Thelma Parker and husband Glenn of Marion, and Lenna Milam and husband Robert of Forest City; a grandson Tony Read and wife Amy of Wilmington; 3 great grandchildren, Jack Read, Ava Read, Lydia Read; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sunday November 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Kirksey-McCall Memorial Chapel in Marion.  The family received friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service.  Burial was in West Court Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to Clare-Bridge of Asheville for their love and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.  Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion will be assisting the family.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday November 12, 2008 Volume 14 # 45