Verna Lee Seaberry
Verna Lee Seaberry said goodbye to this world on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Services will be held at Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Interment following will be at the cemetery in Bluegrove. Family visitation was Friday, April 13 from 6-7 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta.
Verna Lee Cowley Seaberry was born June 27, 1935, the daughter of Vernon and Jessie Coker Cowley, and grew up in an agricultural area in Bluegrove, south of Henrietta. She married John Seaberry, known on the rodeo circuit as “Preacher” Seaberry, a venture which took the newlyweds to Illinois while Preacher was working for Shell Oilfield. Daughter, Patricia Seaberry (Dial) and son, Mark Seaberry were born in Illinois during the family’s time out of Texas.
The young family grew after Verna Lee and Preacher moved back to the Bluegrove area, where John Seaberry joined the electrical staff at Wichita Falls Sheppard Air Force Base. They welcomed two other children during this time, sons Doug Seaberry and Will Seaberry. For a time Verna worked from their home, baby-sitting for local families.
In 1971, Verna became manager of Henrietta Dairy Queen, from which she followed her career path through several advancements, moving to Graham with her children in 1975. She continued to pursue her livelihood as general manager of the growing company restaurant group.
Even though she was busy with her career, she maintained a close relationship with her children and family, and encouraged her children in their livestock projects and sports activities. Verna retired in 2001, and enjoyed her children and grandchildren throughout the years.
She is survived by her children, all of Graham: Patricia Dial (Robert), Mark Seaberry, Doug Seaberry (Alesha) and Will Seaberry (Alison). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Bailey Dial Conner (Matthew), Lane Dial (Julie), Jennifer Seaberry Davis (Blake), Ryan Seaberry, Chelsey Seaberry Hobbs (Jeff), Shelby Seaberry, Coy Seaberry and Leslye Seaberry; sister Voudine Keel of Wichita Falls, and other, Wayland Cowley (Johnnie), and 10 great-grandchildren.