Seaton Fairless, Jr.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Seaton Poe Fairless, Jr., age 70, of the 100 block of Buncomb Road, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Harrisonburg, VA.
Mr. Fairless was born in Bertie County, a son of the late Josie Harrell and Seaton Poe Fairless, Sr. He was a former member of Colerain Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent; and is presently a member of Cashie Baptist Church where he has also served as Sunday School Superintendent and member of the Praise and Worship Team.
Seaton was a graduate of Colerain High School and East Carolina University. He taught in Bertie County Schools before becoming a full-time farmer, and served on the Bertie County School Board for 16 years, serving as chairman for the last term, and receiving the All-State School Board Award in 2005.
Mr. Fairless was an avid lover of the outdoors and hunting and was a member of the Roanoke/Albemarle Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, serving many years as District Director and receiving the Director’s Award in 1996.
Seaton was also a former member of the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department and an Eagle Scout.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Sue Ruffin Fairless of the home; his daughters, Kimberly Fairless Williamson and husband Mac of Winterville, NC, and Mary Jo Fairless Whitley and husband, Rob of Colerain, NC; four grandsons, Phillip Williamson, Andrew Williamson, Noah Whitley and Daniel Whitley. He is also survived by two sisters, Brenda Fairless Edwards and husband, Oscar of Greenville, NC and Annette Fairless Wood and husband, Gilliam of Edenton, NC.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2009, at Cashie Baptist Church, Windsor, NC, with the Rev. Reese Blanchett and Rev. Shelby Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Colerain. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, and other times at the home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Cashie Baptist Church, 221 S. Queen St., Windsor, NC, 27983, or to the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department. The family would also like to ask people to honor Seaton’s life by being a blood donor with the Red Cross.
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