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Woodbury ‘Woody’ Seamans Jr., 72, affectionately known as ‘the mayor of 16th Street’

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Woodbury “Woody” Seamans Jr. died Oct. 9, 2015, at his home in Virginia Beach. He was 72.

Affectionately known as “the mayor of 16th Street,” he was part of four generations of Seamans who all called Virginia Beach home. Born May 7, 1943, as the only child of the late Woodbury Seamans and Katherine Darden Seamans, he was a member of London Bridge Baptist Church and served in the 29th Infantry of the Virginia National Guard.

Woody was a well-respected asphalt professional in the Hampton Roads area and throughout the state in the road construction industry. Employed with the Ames and Webb Company, Central Atlantic Company and Contractor Paving Company, many of the roads we drive on today were actually paved by Woody and his work crews.

Woody truly loved Virginia Beach. His late grandmother, Alice Seamans Hodgson, owned and operated The Breakers Hotel at 25th Street and Atlantic Avenue. His late grandfather, Louis Darden, served as justice of peace for London Bridge. Woody’s father owned a dime store on 17th Street named Seamans and Thompson. Woody truly had a wonderful childhood growing up along the oceanfront swimming, surfing and later becoming a lifeguard as a teenager.

Woody is survived by his wife of 47 years, Edith Everett Seamans; son, Everett Woodbury Seamans; and daughter, Emily Seamans McCain, all of Virginia Beach. He dearly loved his twin grandchildren, Hayden Lewis McCain and Hannah Grace McCain, whom he spent many hours watching over and caring for once he retired. In addition, Woody loved his many cousins and friends, all of whom made his life more meaningful.

His granddaughter, Leslie Orine McCain, preceded him in death.

A memorial service to remember the life of Woody Seamans, Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Steven R. Gupton from First Baptist Church of Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorial donations consider the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23452, or the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Altmeyer Funeral Home.

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