Seagle received his license from the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in December 1938, allowing him to take over the funeral business started by his father, Thomas Mason Seagle.
A native of Pulaski, Seagle was born Aug. 4, 1915 to Thomas M. and Blanche Hurst Seagle. He graduated from Pulaski High School in 1933.
During his years at Fork Union Military Academy, Seagle was known to be an expert pianist and won the state tennis championship. Deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps, he graduated from Cincinnati School of Embalming in 1938.
Seagle was a licensed funeral director in Virginia and Tennessee for more than 60 years and, in the 1970s, was appointed by Gov. Mills Godwin to the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He was later elected president of the board.
He maintained ownership of Seagle Funeral Home until 1982 and continued to work there after its sale until his retirement in 1999.
A lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church, Seagle also was a life member and trustee of Pythagoras Masonic Lodge 239 A.F. & A.M., where he was an active member during the construction of its building. He assisted in the preparation of the lodge’s history.
He also was a member of Pulaski Elks Lodge 1067; a veteran of World War II, having served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navyl president of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, and a chairman of Pulaski County Library Board during the construction of the library building.
His funeral will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home.