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P.O. Box 319, 101 N. Second Street
McGehee, AR 71654
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William (Billie) Joshua

May 22, 1921 – September 16, 2018

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Obituary for William (Billie) Joshua Seamans

William Joshua Seamans (Billie J. Seamans), 97, of McGehee, AR died Sunday night, Sept. 16, 2018 in Dermott, AR. He was born May 22, 1921 in Dermott to the late Pinckney Samuel and Zura Mae Brannon Seamans, of McGehee as one of seven. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Dorothy Louise Barrett Seamans, who he met in 1944 following his return from the war and was married 2 weeks later. He was a good father to his 3 sons, grandfather to his 11 grandchildren, and great grandfather to his 15 great-grandchildren. He loved nature and loved children, to which he devoted much of his professional photography. He was also one of the men who were instrumental in establishing the first Pee Wee football league in McGehee. He was member of the First Baptist Church of McGehee and was a member of the Desha Lodge 643 FAM.
After setting his mind on photography as a young man, he took advantage of an opportunity in World War II, to become a bombing raid photographer, flying 50 missions in the 301st Bomb Group from North Africa and Italy. After his first 13 missions as the B17 Ball Turret Gunner, he volunteered to become a photographer for the remaining missions. When he returned home in 1944, he began establishing a photography career that began with family portraits and pictures of McGehee, and developed into free-lance agriculture photography for International Harvester Company for 20 years, traveling throughout the Southern U.S. and was involved with the development of the Cotton Picker for the company. When the company went out of business in the late 60’s, he restarted his local business as a studio photographer and worked until retirement at the age of 87, having won numerous photography awards, including a National Award in 1985 recognizing his outstanding service to professional photography, serving as President of the Arkansas Professional Photographer’s Association in 1977, and receiving the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorothy; children, Jerry Lee (Gail) Seamans of Lake Village, Harry Don (Maria) Seamans of McGehee, and Billie Glen (Jane) Seamans of Laurinburg, North Carolina; and one brother, Harry Earnest (Priscilla) Seamans, Mountain Home. His brothers Jack Brannon Seamans and Glen Guy Seamans, and his sisters Brooksie Mae Seamans Hays, Ena Grace Seamans Birch, and Carolyn Ruth Seamans Ryals preceded him in death.
Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at the Griffin Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Funeral services will be 10am on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of McGehee, and burial will be at the McGehee Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McGehee Boy’s and Girl’s Club Pee Wee Football League at P.O. Box 495, McGehee, AR 71654 or to the First Baptist Church of McGehee at P.O. Box 133, McGehee, AR 71654. The family thanks the Dermott Nursing Home for their loving care.

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When Friday, September 21st, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service MC
101 N. 2nd St.
McGehee, AR 71654

Service Information

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 10:00am
Dr. Ed Balducci
First Baptist Church
312 W Seamans Dr
McGehee, AR 71654

Interment Information

McGehee Cemetery
Crooked Bayou Rd
McGehee, AR 71654