Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA


Janice W. Seavey

1 August , 194313 May , 2019
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Janice Whitson Pierce Seavey died Monday, May 13 at Hospice of the Golden Isles, after an extremely brief bout of cancer.

Jan or Granny, as friends knew her, was born August 1, 1943 in Cookeville, Tennessee to Vin and Ina Whitson and grew up in Savannah. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Dawn Pierce Wooten, in 2017 as well as both of her parents.

She attended the University of Georgia and earned a degree in Secondary English Education at Armstrong State College. She was an educator for the Chatham County School System, then began her second career in the federal court system in Savannah for Henry R. Crumley, Jr., Clerk of Court of the Southern District of Georgia. She was hand selected in 1991 to become the Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Judge Anthony A. Alaimo, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. She retired after nearly 20 years of service in the Glynn County Federal Court system.

In Savannah she volunteered at St. Mary’s home and the Union Mission homeless shelter. As a 28-year resident on St. Simons, she was involved in many activities and charitable organizations. She volunteered at Hospice of the Golden Isles, the Manna House, and the St Marks Thrift Store and attended her long-time Book Club, the Knitters Club, her group of friends from The Bereavement Group she joined after her daughters death, and finally her WOFF group (Women Out For Fun)!

Jan was a devoted volunteer at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in Darien. She gave many hours of her time and much love to the Nativity church family. Jan served as a Eucharistic Minister, Reader, and visited the home bound with Communion. She often communicated with parishioners and community members who experienced difficulties. Her kindness had an impact on all. Jan often helped in the administrative side in the church office and faithfully prepared the church for the weekend Masses. Jan served as a member of the Nativity Parish Council and Liturgy Committee. She was the Religious Education Director and also enjoyed being a religious education teacher. Often from her classroom there were the sounds of laughter and happy children. Jan had a gift in sharing God's love to all.

She is fondly remembered for her genuine smile and laughter. Jan was a cheerleader and encourager to all she met, giving wisdom with humor and grace and changing many lives for the better. She was an amazing mother who lovingly taught her two girls about developing a strong faith, work ethic, and the importance of education.

She is survived by her loving daughter Dionne Pierce; her son-in-law Charles Wooten; her grandchildren, Sarah (Stephen) Schwaner of Atlanta, Michael John Hogan of Bluffton, SC, and Travis Wooten of San Diego, CA; two great-granddaughters, Lily Grace and Anna Jane Schwaner; her brother Ricky (Carol) Whitson and nephew Ricky Whitson; and her husband Jim Seavey and his children and grandchildren whom she adored and loved as her own.

A rosary will be held on Friday, May 17th at 10:30am followed by a funeral mass at 11am at St. William Catholic Church, St. Simons Island. The Funeral Mass will be officiated by life-long family priest and friend Fr. Patrick O’Brien of Savannah. Visitation and reception will be held in the Parish Hall after the mass.

Arrangements are being handled by Edo Miller Funeral Home, and notes for the family may be left at edomillerandsons.com. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Georgia where she adopted Pepper, her companion until his death in April.


  • Dionne Pierce, Daughter
  • Charles Wooten, Son-in-law
  • Sarah (Stephen) Schwaner, Grandchild
  • Michael John Hogan, Grandchild
  • Travis Wooten, Grandchild
  • Lily Grace Schwaner, Great Granddaughter
  • Anna Jane Schwaner, Great Granddaughter
  • Ricky (Carol) Whitson, Brother
  • Ricky Whitson, Nephew
  • Jim Seavey, Husband
  • Mrs. Seavey is preceded in death by her parents, Vin and Ina Whitson; and her beloved daughter, Dawn Pierce Wooten.

  • Manna House of Brunswick
  • Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia


  • Rosary Friday, 17 May , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, 17 May , 2019
  • Reception Immediately Following The Service Friday, 17 May , 2019


Janice W. Seavey

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Phyllis Alford

17 May 2019

Dear Dionne,
Tommy and I were so sorry to hear about your Mother.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Pamela Betz Ryals

15 May 2019

Janice we grew up together in thunderbolt. My parents lived behind you all. Ricky i am so sorry on your loss you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Libby Miller

15 May 2019

I’m so sadden for the family of Jan/Granny. She had such a fun loving zest for life...That smile! That laugh! So contagious!
She, along with her beautiful daughter, Dawn are missed daily. So glad they have been reunited in peace.
Until we see each other again...much love.

Ellen Caldwell

15 May 2019

Condolences to Jan’s family. We were neighbors for many years and were in the same book club. I have many fond memories of Jan and I will miss her.

Merry Geer

15 May 2019

Love and miss u so much Jan. I’m
sorry that I can’t be there for your service, but I’m out of the country. Love and blessings to your family and friends.
And I am proud to have been one of those!
Love, Merry

Karen Burnsed

15 May 2019

Jan and I were good friends many years ago at Jenkins High School in Savannah. I last saw her at our 50th reunion. Although we lost touch over the years I still remember her big bright smile. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Birney Bull

14 May 2019

Words fail. I had known Jan since about 1983, her dear daughter Dawn lavished much appreciated love on our daughter Amy, and Jan joined in that too. Amy still prays for Dawn now.

It is dreadful to be facing this again, and so soon, but it was a delight knowing each of them. God's love to all of you.

Keith Harn

14 May 2019

I remember Ms Jan coming to Cathedral Day in her little Honda car... she always had a smile on her face ... she smiled with her eyes... she was always so nice to me as a boy... Rest In Peace Ms Jan

Jacqueline Grant

14 May 2019

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Granny. She was such a wonderful, soft-spoken person. Her beautiful smile was contagious, and would illuminate any room she entered. I will forever remember her.
Dionne, Chuck, Sarah, Travis, and other family members, hold on to God's unchanging hand. He will give you strength. Love to you all.
Jacqueline H. Grant


Pregnant with Dawn.


Jan with daughter Dawn.


Left to right: Ina H. Whitson, Dawn Pierce, Jan W. Seavey.


Jan with daughter Dawn at the beach.