H.L. Skeet Seaton, 95, died September 13, 2020 at home while surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 17, 1925 to William Rube and Opha Mae (Spiva) Seaton in Oklahoma City. He learned hard work alongside his father and brothers from an early age farming, picking cotton, and working the family dairy. Though too busy working to complete the eighth grade, Skeet had an innate business sense, purchasing a service station at a young age. Next he worked for a plumbing company, in new commercial construction for two years, then started Seaton Plumbing Company in 1955, using the trunk of his car to transport tools and supplies. Ultimately, he brought in three of his brothers and that business grew to Seaton Plumbing, Heating and Air, which provided service, retrofit and new construction across the State of Oklahoma with a fleet of trucks and over 100 on the payroll. He was a fair and generous employer who earned the love and respect of many over the four decades he was in business.
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Skeet loved his Lord, Jesus Christ, and his life proved that fact at work, at home, at church, and in the community. He loved worship, singing in the choir, and sharing his story of faith in Christ with others. He was a faithful, cheerful and generous giver, and loved fellowship with his church family—at First Southern Baptist Church 26 years, Union Hill Baptist 3 years, and First Baptist Moore 15 years.
Of tremendous enjoyment to Skeet was just being in overalls, outside his country home, doing anything. Whether riding the tractor, feeding the wildlife, gardening, checking out the ducks at the pond, piddling, or just sitting out under the trees talking to the Lord, he was in the place he loved most.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Evelyn; natural children, Lynn (Janet) Seaton and Tami Seaton; children by marriage, Marcus Gentry (fiancé, Cawana Parks) and Rebecca (Jason) Kernahan; and, son by heart, Randy (Kim) White; 14 grandchildren; and, 25 great grandchildren. Skeet loved each of these with his whole heart, and never used the term “step” family to refer to any child or grandchild. He was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Willard Seaton, Ruby Hall, Coleen Hyatt, MC Buzz Seaton, Jo Maynard, and Gary Seaton; and, daughter, Jessica Lyn Seaton.