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Obituary for Mr. William Buchanan Seale

October 18, 1932 - April 22, 2022
Murray, Kentucky | Age 89


Dr. William Buchanan Seale, 89, died Friday, April 22, 2022, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

He was born October 18, 1932, in Middlesboro, Kentucky to Albert Tyler Seale and Edith Buchanan. He was of Christian faith and belonged to First Christian Church, Murray, KY.
Seale graduated from Corbin High School in Corbin Kentucky in 1949. He attended college at Berea College in 1949 and 1950 and served with the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. He served on the USS Bairoko, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

He attended Graduate School at Indiana University in 1955 and 1956 where he got a Master's Degree in Business.

He taught at the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1957 and then attended Graduate School at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for his PhD.

Dr Seale taught a year at University of South Carolina in Columbia South Carolina in 1963 and then a year at University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1964.

In 1965 he started teaching at Murray State University and remained there until his retirement in 1994. He was Chairman of the Marketing Department for 28 years at Murray State.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Alice Pauline "Polly" Seale of Corbin, Kentucky; they were married in Corbin, Kentucky on August 27, 1955. Dr Seale is also preceded in death by one brother, Dr. James Millard Seale of Hopkinsville, KY.

He is survived by two sons, William Tyler Seale and wife Sonia of Deer Park, Texas, Clayton Kelly Seale and wife Victoria of Colstrip Montana; six grandchildren; Virginia Pauline Seale, Rod Seale, Dr. Elizabeth Kelley Seale, Tasha Seale, Trent Seale, Coalton Seale and eight great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. John Dale will officiate, and entombment will follow in the Murray City Cemetery with military honors provided by local VFW Post #6291. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the William B. Seale Scholarship Fund, Murray State University, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, Kentucky 42071

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    Murray State Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall
    Murray, KY 42071

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