Services held for Isaac Seals, III
Family and friends celebrated the life of Isaac Seals III on Saturday, July 20. Services were held at E.F. Boyd and Son Funeral Home on E 89th Street. The Rev. Donna Hurt, Associate Minister, Bethany Christian Church, officiated.
Program participants included Irby Trimble, Karen Pope, Rhonda Small and James R. Billups III.
Isaac Seals’ parents were Isaac Seals II and Victoria Lucille Johnson-Seals. He was the first born to that union. His younger sister, Bertha Lucille Seals-Bishop preceded him in death.
Isaac had 10 brothers and sisters from his father's remarriage.
He attended Cleveland Public Schools, where he played the saxophone in Central High School's Marching Band. This is where he developed a thriving interest in jazz. An extreme influence of music and entertainment was prevalent in his extended family.
After graduation, Isaac was employed at J&L Steel. He was drafted into the Marines and was honorably discharged in January of 1954. His path led him back to J&L.
Ike and Yvonne Carmen Ball married April 16, 1954. To this union two children were born, Isaac Seals IV and Paula Yvette Seals.
Isaac Seals’ many accomplishments include: Vice President of the union at J&L Steel, board member of his Credit Union, and Co-owner of Ike & Son Salvage Yard.
He had a passion for cars and would often visit car lots just to look at what was available.
To the amazement of many, Isaac drove his family through Mexico to Acapulco – Thru Bandit Territory! This was one of many cross-country family road trips.
Ike was well accomplished as a family man that enjoyed conservative haberdashery and fine dining. He knew how to LIVE and did so with class, style and dignity.
He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Seals; siblings, Johnathon, India, Renee, Joyce, Gwen, Micheal, Karl, Kirk, Jerome and Frank. His spirit lives on thru his children, Isaac Seals IV (Bernadette) Atlanta Ga., and Paula Yvette Seals; grandchildren, Adrienne Chevonne Seals, William Christopher Seals, Dominic McKinley Seals, Stephan Sebastian Seals, Julian Luciano Seals, Isaac Seals V and Jeanelle Carmen Seals; and five great-grand children.
He is also survived by nieces, Victoria Marie Mockabee (Robert), Rhonda Chante Small, Washington, D.C. and Eris Deadwyler; brother-in-law Jack Bishop, sisters-in-law Delores English (Charles), Joan Hampton (David); and many other relatives and friends.
Isaac Seals III’s no nonsense demeanor earned him much respect and a match up to the James Brown song, "Papa Don't Take No Mess"... and PAPA really didn't take no mess.
Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery.