Gregory Vance Seaton Sr.

November 7, 1945June 9, 2021

Gregory Vance Seaton, Sr., 75, of Heber Springs passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Born in Little Rock to parents George Vance and Irma Marie Seaton, Greg graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended Little Rock University. He was a member of Kappa Sig. Gregory was a long time resident of Sherwood.

Greg Sr., known as “Senior,” was tall in stature with a big heart. He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and uncle. He was a successful businessman, owning and operating the White Pig Inn for 40 years. He also spent part of his career with Metropolitan Life Insurance and ended his career as a Fly Fishing guide with the Little Red River Fly Fishing Guide Service. He loved spending time with family on hunting trips to the Buffalo Slough Duck Club and on fishing trips with his sons and father.

Gregory was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs and was active in United Methodist Men. He was also active in civic activities such as the John Pickell Fishing Day for Veterans, Annual 4-Day Fishing Class, Little Red River Clean-up, former President of Trout Unlimited and the Fly Tying Class at Sulphur Creek Outfitters.

He was a fierce competitor on the tennis court. Gregory was very involved with the health and conservation of the Greers Ferry Lake Watershed, spending countless hours helping to ensure the health of the beloved Little Red River. He would patiently and meticulously hand tie his own trout flies while in his shop. He also had a love of music and his guitar and was a very talented artist, particularly with pencil sketches.

Gregory is preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Sondra Parker Seaton; sons, Gregory Vance Seaton, Jr. (Angela Ellen Seaton) of Scott, Christopher Lane Seaton (Amie Redd Seaton) of Sherwood and Ryan Courtney Seaton (Elizabeth Anne Gill) of Queens, NY; grandchildren Dylan Tatsuya Seaton, Alexandra Seaton-Marshall (Elliott W.J. Marshall), Morgan Elizabeth Seaton, Joey Christine Staton, Hollyn Raye Seaton, Sawyer Lane Seaton, Lucas Bow Seaton; sister, Sherilyn Marie Venable (Clyde Venable) of North Little Rock.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, June 15 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Rd, NLR. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Rev. Tommy Toombs officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Heber Springs Humane Society @ or the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs Building Fund @ Online guest registry at


  • Shawn Stane, Pallbearer
  • Brent Stane, Pallbearer
  • Dylan Seaton, Pallbearer
  • Elliott Marshall, Pallbearer
  • Brandon Stane, Pallbearer
  • Cameron Marek, Pallbearer
  • Bob Fleckenstine , Honorary Pallbearer


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Greg Fruitt

June 11, 2021

Very sad to hear the passing of Greg Seaton. I spent a few days on the river with him this year. A wonderful human being. Thoughts and prayers to the family that he was so proud of.

Dan Wright

June 11, 2021

Sondra, Greg, Ryan,
I am heart broken to hear about Greg. He was a great friend and we had many long conversations and they all seemed to have something to do with fishing and family. He loved his family and his pride was obvious when he spoke of y’all. My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
Dan Wright

Richard Moore

June 11, 2021

It is so sad to lose such an important childhood friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

Susan Rouse Moore and Richard Moore

Mary Rachel Shankles

June 11, 2021

My heart breaks for you in this loss. I send my prayers, hugs and sympathies to all the family. Love you , my friend and classmate.
Mary Rachel Shankles

Joe Hicks

June 11, 2021

It is hard to believe Greg is gone. I have known him 70 years and have many great memories with Greg. What a great friend. My prayers are with the family today. I know that Greg is with Jesus.

Barbara Bennett

June 11, 2021

This family has always been like family. I have so many wonderful memories over the years with all the Seaton family. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you

Mike & Linnette Pryor

June 10, 2021

Shock and loss. Greg was a true friend and ardent ambassador for the Little Red River.
His presence will be truly missed.