Theodore G. ‘Ted’ Seawell
Theodore G. “Ted” Seawell, 78, went to meet his Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He was a member of Winter Park Baptist Church and the Couples for Christ class.
He is survived by his dear wife, Anne Belt Seawell; children, Robin Seawell Glover, Rebecca Scoggins, Alan W. Seawell and Stephen Wyant; five grandchildren, Crystal Flynn, Benjamin Seawell, Erin Bostic, William and Lillian Glover; four great-grandchildren; and many special friends.
Ted graduated from Apex District School in 1958, where he lettered in football, basketball and band. He was selected as All-Conference tackle and a member of the All-State Band. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1962, and worked with his father in the insurance business. He later worked in retail credit as well as the State Highway Commission, where he was involved in billing the federal government for their share of numerous major highway projects.
In 1970, the Seawells brought their family to New Hanover County, and Ted was active in the motel and restaurant businesses. He was the executive director of Pleasure Island Tourist Bureau in Carolina Beach from 1975 to 1980, acquiring state tourism grants for innovative projects. As mayor of Carolina Beach from December 1978 to June 1981, Ted worked tirelessly with Wrightsville Beach Mayor Bob Sawyer to restore state and federal funding for beach nourishment to Carolina and Wrightsville Beaches ($9 million for Carolina Beach).
He moved to Wilmington to operate his Medical Oxygen business and eventually several restaurants in the area. As a licensed real estate broker and general contractor, he owned and operated Custom Construction Company — building condominiums, an office building and various homes, eventually moving into the growing modular home sector.
Ted had a deep love for his country which he exhibited during his 25 years as chairman of the New Hanover Republican Precinct. He was appointed to the Criminal Justice Advisory Board of New Hanover County, participated in the Cape Fear Arts Council and Wilmington Kiwanis, and was an active member of the board of directors of New Hanover NC Farm Bureau since 1994. He served on the Ports, Waterways and Beach Commission, Legislative Committee, NC League of Municipalities; NC Water Resources Congress; New Hanover Emergency Service Committee; Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Tourism Promotion Committee; and Congressional Active Committee; as well as the NC Manufactured Housing Institute Legislative Committee.
Ted was a devoted, loving husband to Anne for 50 years and a caring father to all of their blended family. He naturally gave of himself, working hard for a living and solving problems. He seldom complained and was almost always joking and smiling — even in his years of bad health. Ted cared about helping others and leaving the world a little better by being there. He did!
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, May 20, at Winter Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
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