John William Seagle

December 25, 1950February 13, 2013
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John "Johnny" William Seagle, 62, of Gastonia, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was born in Gastonia and was the son of the late Thomas and Nell Seagle. Mr. Seagle was a graduate of Holbrook High School, attended Gaston College where he played on the Gaston College Baseball Team. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He entered the Air Force in 1970. He served as a sergeant at Pope Air Force Base at Fort Bragg and was a Technician on a C-130 Hercules. He was inducted in the Belmont Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a member of the 1963 North Carolina State Baseball Team as a member of the Belmont Little League. He was an avid fisherman and sportsman. He was a record-holding largemouth Bass fisherman. Johnny was a loving, kindhearted husband, father, grandfather and brother. The family also wants to remember his special friends, Wilson Johnson and Mike Patterson. Johnny is survived by two daughters, Toni Seagle of Gastonia, Holly Seagle Berger and husband John of Charlotte and their daughter, Julia Berger; his identical brother, Tommy Seagle of Lowell; two sisters, LouAnn Shuford and husband Kenny and Vickie Dellinger and husband Harold of Gastonia; his faithful dachshunds, Brandy and Heidi. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home with Chaplain Bob Adams officiating. Entombment will follow at Gaston Memorial Park with military honors by the United States Air Force. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents; wife and high school sweetheart of 41 years, Diane Newberry Seagle. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Shuford, Wilson Johnson, Moochie Norris, Luke Manlove, Mike Patterson, Morgan Smith. Online condolences may be made at: Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the Seagle family.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2013

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Elizabeth and Wesley Gibson

February 24, 2013

Our deepest sympathies.

Kenny Shuford

February 18, 2013

I don't know how I could put into words, one of the best brother-in-laws a man could ever imagine. Johnny was smart and good at everything he ever did. Johnny and Tommy are more than brother-in-laws, more like true brothers. He even made me a halfway good bass and crappie fisherman. I loved Johnny for 45 years of friendship and adventures. I am certain that he is with Diane now and I pray that Holly and John, Julia, Toni, Tommy, Vickie and my wife Lou Ann will be comforted by God in this tragic loss. Johnny, you will be sorely missed by me. Rest in Peace, Brother..........Kenny

February 17, 2013

Tommy - LuAnn, I am so sorry for your loss...It's hard to believe both Johnny & Dianne are gone. Pls know you and your families are in prayer and thought.
Vanita Harrison (Kings Mtn)

Marilyn Groves Cheely

February 17, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the news of Johnny passing away. We haven't see each other since high school,but we sure did have a blast way back then. I think about you all with such fond memories. Seems like we were a team back then, Johnny , Tommy ,Lou Ann, Vickie, Wilson, and a few more. I'll never forget all our good times and there were many. Rest in peace my old friend. God bless your family at this time. My prayers are with them.

John and Mary Berger

February 17, 2013

We first met John at the groom's dinner the night before John and Holly got married. It was an exciting time in the lives of the Seagles, Bergers and Shifflets. We heard a few fishing stories over the course of time but John was a modest, honest man. He didn't tell "stories" that were hard to believe and he had pictures of trophy fish as proof of his fishing ability. We did talk about this "catch and release" idea. It was difficult for us to imagine not eating the fish John caught. We thought "you catch 'em. You eat 'em." However, within a short period of time, John became a Vikings fan and loved Wisconsin cheese both endearing traits.

We believe that John is with Diane, another special person, watching over all of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Seagle and Berger families. God bless.

John and Mary

February 17, 2013

To all the Seagle Family,
Please accept my condolences. I did not learn about his passing until late Saturday afternoon. Johnny and his brother were fine baseball players.
Coach Phil Tate
Gaston Post 23('67-'68)

Anne Hallman

February 16, 2013

Holly, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

February 16, 2013

Tommy' we r sorry you have lost a family member. We have your family in our prayers . this comes from the bottom of our hearts. The Mitchem family.

Jackie Harbin McSwain

February 16, 2013

Tommy, Lou Ann and family, you all are in my prayers at this difficult time. I think of the Seagle twins often. Love and prayers.

February 16, 2013

I went to Holbrook with Johnny, Tommy and Lou Ann and have many fond memories of those years, especially sports. John played Post 23 baseball with Johnny and I always loved going to those games at Sims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this most difficult time.

Anita Spargo Schwartz and Husband, John