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Stephen Ray "Steve" Seymore, 57, of Johnson City, husband of Jennifer Rose Seymore, died at his home on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, following an extended illness. He was the son of Margaret Shipley of Bristol and the late Charles Seymore. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Michelle Seymore. Steve was a loving husband, father, and granddaddy. His devotion to Jennifer contributed to the strong bond of love in their union. They share the belief that their marriage to each other was a gift from God. His children remember his fairness in disciplining them when they were young. He was both loving and firm. He had a special affection for his grandchildren and they generously rewarded him with love and respect. He was a loyal and trusted friend, a kind person who was sensitive to the needs of others and willing to help. His magnetic personality won him many friends who loved him dearly. Steve was a thirty-three year employee of Sprint where his work ethic was exceptional. He enjoyed learning new things and earlier in life he was involved in a wide variety of activities which included playing guitar in a band, serving as a local auctioneer, and working with intricate wood designs. In addition to his wife and mother, Steve is survived by daughters, Stephanie (Rob) Wick of NC and Mindi Ricker (Casey Bragg) of Johnson City; sons, Jonah (Brandy) Seymore and Terry Ricker (Stephanie Grindstaff) of Johnson City; and six loving grandchildren, Caroline and Jackson Wick, Dakota Bragg, Macey, Ashlyn and Abby Seymore. He is also survived by his brother, Dick Seymore, and sister, Debbie (Kenny) Kerr of Bristol; special father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Nora Tweed of Telford; brothers-in-law, Ricky (Pat) Tweed and Timmy Tweed; sister-in-law Darlene (Wayne) Goodman and a number of nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all. Several persons were instrumental in Steve's care and the family extends a special thanks to them. Included are the Nicewonder Cancer Center, Wellmont Hospital, the doctors and nurses at Dr. Fincher's office, Dr. Prill, Heather Greene, Dr. Ashiam and staff, Dr. Dewit and Blue Ridge Medical. Deep appreciation is also extended to the Wellmont Hospice Family who cared for him and showed so much love. Their support and encouragement helped sustain us through Steve's last days. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Saturday at Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Knob Creek Road. A celebration of Steve's life will follow at 8:00 PM with Pastor Curtis Hurt officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday at Washington County Memory Gardens. Pallbearers include Ed Adams, Frank Allara, Jackie Broyles, Maynard Duty, Kippy Huffine and Sam Kite. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 to go in procession. In lieu of floral tributes, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to Grace Freewill Baptist Church Youth Program Fund, 2110 Knob Creek Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604 or the Nicewonder Cancer Center, 1 Medical Park Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177. Arrangements for the Seymore family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.