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610 S. Duncan St.
PO Box 487
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405) 372-5608
James Seals

James Madison Seals

Saturday November 2, 1935 - Sunday July 28, 2019
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James Madison Seals, 83, passed from this life on Sunday, July 28, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, OK. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements.
James was born November 2, 1935 to Willian D. and Nadine (Morris) Seals in Gilmer, TX. He graduated from Belton High School, Abilene Christian University – B.S., Southwest Texas State University – M.A., and Texas A&M University Commerce -Ph.D. A professor at Oklahoma State University from 1968 - 1998, Dr. Seals taught Applied Behavioral Studies in the School of Educational Studies. He was twice named the College of Education Teacher of the Year, received the OSU Outstanding Faculty Award for Extension and Public Service, as well as several other awards. He was a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.
Jim was an advocate for children, a generous giver of his time, treasure and talent to ensure his children, grandchildren and Godchild were successful in their lives and educations. He enjoyed watching people succeed and put great effort into helping those who sought his counsel and assistance both in the educational realm and in his personal life. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Jim was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law, Ben Neman, brother, Bill Seals, grandson, Samuel Farrow, MJ’s son Shane Rine.
Jim, or Papa Jim to his grandchildren, is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (MJ) Seals; his daughter, Ann Farrow, her husband Mark and their sons Jake and Pete; his son, James N. (Jim) Seals, his wife Judy and their sons Benny, Baxter and Zach; MJ’s daughter, Mychaelyn Stanart and her wife Tracey; Michael Rine, his wife Heather and their children Brayden Rains, Alexyss Rains and Charley Rine; and his Godson, Tommy Tran. He is also survived by his sister, Deanna Meredith of Belton, TX; Betty Bell of Dallas, TX; numerous beloved nieces, nephews and extended family, as well as his first wife Caryl, her daughter Jessica, husband Scott and their children.
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  • Service

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    First Presbyterian Church
    Address
    524 South Duncan Street
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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Jeanne Barrett

Posted at 11:58am
It seems impossible that I won't be seeing Jim Seals and having spontaneous conversations that were like we had no time passing since our last. It was probably about a year ago as I entered to have my hear aids adjust--there he sat as well. Wonderful memories of a committed, interested, advisor for my graduate program and profession. He touched so many lives through his commitment. God's Blessings to you all as you put one step in front of the other during this time.
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Greg and Shirin Nordick

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We are so sorry for your loss and will miss Uncle Jim! We love you! Love, Greg, Shirin and Ethan Nordick
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Gail Webb

Posted at 05:41pm
Dr. Seals was my advisor and instructor when I was a graduate student at OSU in the mid 80's. He was a wonderful person who generously gave of his time to help his students succeed and become they best they could be in their profession. He had an open door policy and I always felt welcome. I loved his laid back attitude and jokes!! He would laugh at himself and make his classes so much fun. Dr. Seals was my role model and I wanted to be like him when "I grew up". I will forever remember him and all that he represented. My sympathy goes out to his family.
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Kerry & Michael Champion

Posted at 07:34am
Jim, Judy, Ben, Baxter & Zack - so very sorry for your loss. May your memories sustain you during these difficult times.
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