Gordon David Seay, former small business owner and executive vice president of Marchant Real Estate, died July 14 after an extended illness, according to an obituary from Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes.
He was 83 years old.
Born Jan. 6, 1939, in Spartanburg, he attended Paris High School, Furman University and New York University School of Retail.
Seay’s career began with Lees-Wright Clothiers and he later owned his own specialty shops, Gordon’s at North Hills and Gordon’s on Main.
In 1993, he joined Marchant Real Estate, where he worked for 25 years and retired as executive vice president.
“Gordon was a lifelong friend and a 30-year business associate, so it’s a sad day for all of us here at Marchant Real Estate,” said Seabrook Marchant, Marchant Real Estate president and broker in charge. “We send our sympathies and prayers to his family and friends.”
Seay also served as president of the Greenville Board of Realtors and South Carolina Realtors. He was honored as 2016 SC Realtor of the Year and served as NAR Region 4 vice president and national director.
“Gordon was a man with numerous interests and strong community involvement,” his obituary notes. “One constant in Gordon’s life was his love of the outdoors. His passion for running led him to his longtime involvement in the Greenville Track Club and participation in over 26 marathons. He served as a coach for Team in Training for both Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Some of his most cherished moments were spent running, hiking, hunting, camping, and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Gordon’s gifts were many and freely shared with all who were blessed to know him.”
Seay was a longtime member and past president of the Executive Sertoma Club of Greenville and a lifetime member of the Caine Halter YMCA. He also served as a past president of the Paladin Club and former Furman University alumni board member.
He was predeceased by his parents, William Rufus and Ruby Cleveland Seay; and his sister, Juanita Seay Tankersley.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane Hallman Seay; sons, Gordon David Seay Jr. and Britton Michael Seay (Cathleen Wilson); daughter, Elizabeth Seay Russell (Kyle); and five grandchildren, Millie Hallman and Britton Michael Seay, Gordon David Seay III, and William Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Russell.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 123 W. Antrim Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29607 or Furman University Paladin Club, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, South Carolina 29613.