Lois Seamons Partin, 86, of St. Augustine, Fla., died April 18.
Born April 8, 1931 to Thomas Bryant and Emma Miller Seamons of Warren County, Lois was one of the five beautiful “Seamons girls.” Raised in Tennessee until her early teens, the family relocated to St. Augustine in 1947, where Lois attended Ketterlinus High School. In 1951, she went to work as a telephone operator for Southern Bell, where she worked for more than 30 years. Lois married George H. Partin in 1951 and they made their home in St. Augustine Beach. They owned and operated Partin’s Furniture on St. George Street for many years. Possessing a strong work ethic, Lois worked nights at Southern Bell and weekends at the furniture store. Lois quickly became an astute businesswoman, and Partin’s Furniture developed into the largest carpet and furniture business in the St. Augustine area for over 30 years.
Lois truly enjoyed giving, as was evidenced by her philanthropic lifestyle. She supported numerous Christian charities but was especially fond of charities benefitting children and youth. Lois supported many children over the years through World Vision. Lois also felt it was important to support her local community and supported St. Gerard House, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, and Rodeheaver Boys Ranch. In the 1970s, Lois and George were actively involved in freemasonry through Ashlar Lodge No. 98, where she was appointed Eastern Star Worthy Matron. Lois enjoyed these social and fund raising engagements supporting the Shriner’s Hospital for Burned Children. Lois also enjoyed volunteering as a “pink lady” with the Flagler Hospital Auxiliary.
Although Lois was quite passionate about giving and helping others, her greatest joy was spending quality time with family. Lois believed in making memories and moments count. She considered her brothers-in-law to be brothers and her nieces and nephews to be her children. Sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews have many fond memories of beaches, banana pudding, sleepovers, dancing, laughing, and loving with Lois. She was a great unintentional teacher.
The many who knew and adored Lois would say her greatest aptitude was love. Lois loved deeply as was evident in all of her interactions with others. Many could attest that her love was unconditional and accompanied by extravagant forgiveness. Lois truly lived I Corinthians 13:4, Love is patient and kind.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, and her youngest sister, Patricia Seamons Hughes. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Lorena Cobb of Houston, Louise Seamons Whitlock of McMinnville and Tommie Seamons Coleman (Ralph) of St. Augustine; brother-in-law, Henry “Bud” Hughes of St. Augustine; nephews, Bill T. Whitlock (Patricia), of Clarksville, George O’Neal III (Joe Martinez) of Houston, and Jerry W. O’Neal (Jenifer) of Greenville, S.C.; nieces, Debra L. Coleman of St. Petersburg, Claudia A. Coleman of Boynton Beach, Nancy A. Lewis (Brandt) of Alachua, and Justina H. Burt (David) of Tallahassee; and many great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Craig Memorial Park. A visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to: St. Gerard Campus, P.O. Box 4382, St. Augustine, Fla., 32086.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.