Jean Seymour West

July 6, 1930 - May 24, 2012
Jean Seymour West

Lily Jean Seymour West 81, of Wilmington passed away peacefully with her family at her side Thursday May 24, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jean was born July 6, 1930 in Greene County the daughter of the late Lum C. and Lena Turnage Seymour. She was an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed attending services and singing along with the hymns. Her professional career began over 50 years ago at West Shoes in Kinston and ended in 2010 when she retired from Shoe Shak in Wilmington. Jean found a way to make a pair of shoes special to whomever she sold them to, earning a very loyal following. Her greatest joy in life was attending the annual family gatherings, where she could spend time with her brothers and sisters, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her brother Raymond Seymour, an infant brother and sister.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, William R. “Bill” West of the home, son Bill West Jr. and wife Beverly Lem of Carolina Beach; daughter Laurel W. Lambert and husband David of Carolina Beach; brothers Fred, Leonard and Ben Seymour; sisters Jewell Harris, and Violet Boyd; two grandsons, Colton West of Winnabow and Collin Norris of Carolina Beach; two great-grandchildren Na’lia and Jada West; and God son Craig Husketh and wife Vickie.

The family will visit with family and friends Monday May 28, 2012 at 10:00 am at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where services will be held at 11 AM. A service of Commendation and Commitment will be held at Rainbow United Methodist Church, NC 58 S. Snow Hill, NC at 3:30pm. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff of New Hanover Regional Medical Center 10th floor nurses, Sharon, Gabby, Leigh, Asheena and Sheila for their kindness, and loving care.

Memorials may be directed to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 1401 South College Road Wilmington, NC. 28403.

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  • May 27, 2012
    Pat Boyd & Family says:
    We are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Jean. Our prayers are with you and our hearts feel the pain of your loss. We love your family. Pat & Family

  • May 29, 2012
    Angie Askew says:
    Gary & Angie Askew Family

  • May 25, 2012
    Pamela Hart Hunter says:
    Some of my most treasured memories include Mrs. Jean. Our families spent many vacations together as well as just everyday occasions. She always had a flair for fashion and nobody knew shoes like she knew shoes. I feel very lucky to have been brought up in small town Kinston and to have had a second family like the West Family. I am sad that my present health issues won't allow me to travel to the memorial service. My love, support and prayers are with you always.

  • May 26, 2012
    Cindy Boyd says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I have a memory of Aunt Jean fitting Jacob (now 23) for his first pair of shoes. She wanted to make sure that he had a proper pair of walking shoes so we went to the shoe store where she worked in Rural Hall, NC. She fitted him and gave us his first real shoes as a gift. I will always treasure that memory. I'm praying for comfort and peace for you all.

  • May 26, 2012
    Mary Ella says:
    Dear cousins, My heartfelt love and sympathy. I k now how sad you all are and how much you will miss Jean. I hope to see you mon am at the church. Love to William, BIlly, Laurel and all your family. Mary Ella