Judy P. Hatley Seawell, age 73, passed away peacefully at her home in Carthage on Saturday, April 16, 2022 after a long and courageous battle.

Born on December 27, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee, Judy was the only daughter of the late  George and Rachel Hart Hulen.

Judy obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Memphis University and her Master’s from UNC Pembroke. She worked for Montgomery and Moore County Schools as an ESL teacher for 20 years. Prior to her teaching career, Judy had numerous exciting experiences, one of the most notable being that she served as a volunteer missionary in Japan where she taught the Bible and English to Japanese families.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her two brothers, Max Tubbs and Danny Tubbs.

She is survived by her devoted, tender and caregiver husband of almost 14 years, Richard Seawell of Carthage; two sons, Preston and Brian Hatley both of Tucson, AZ;  stepson, Jonathan Seawell of Carthage; brother, Jerry (Holly) Hulen of Reagan, TN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Judy is remembered by family and friends as a beautiful, talented, fun-loving, “Lady of Class” who could always laugh at a joke on herself. She brought charm and beauty, laughter and love to the home she and Richard shared. An appreciation for art, reading, music, dance, her Christian faith and family – all are reflected in the personal artifacts with which she decorated their home. Various family members remember her with the following words:

  • “bright, brilliant, one who taught the total child;”
  • “a devoted Christian who conducted Bible study even when she was too sick to turn the page or change the CD”;
  • “‘a God-send when my granddaughter was pre-K”;
  • “a sister, mother, best friend, the life of the party, a trouble-maker – one with whom I struggled through good times and bad times but bonded!”

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Yates-Thagard Baptist Church at 2 PM with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Carthage. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage from 6-8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make memorials to Liberty HomeCare and Hospice Services, 300 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387 or to the memorial of choice.

Online condolences may be offered at www.PinesFunerals.com.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Seawell family.


Visitation: April 19, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: April 20, 2022 2:00 pm

Yates-Thagard Baptist Church
3820 Vass-Carthage Road
Carthage , NC 28327


Committal : April 20, 2022 3:00 pm

Bethlehem Baptist Church
1838 Bethlehem Church Road
Cathage, NC 28327


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  1. Richard I’m so sorry for your loss … I am praying for you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 You have my deepest condolences.
    Debbie Thomas Coleman

  2. My aunt Judy was simply phenomenal. Wonderful sister. Amazing aunt. The best person. I am a better person because of the love and guidance she bestowed upon me. Save me a seat. I will be there shortly. I love you and will miss you terribly.

  3. Richard, Jody and I are so sorry for your loss but so happy for Judy’s gain. She was a sweet friend and Will surely be missed. Love, prayers and sympathy to you and all the family.

    Jody and Melva Phillips

  4. Richard so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the time and laughter we shared as co workers at Star Elementary. Judy really loved her job and the children. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for you and her boys

  5. Sorry to hear about the passing of Judy. I enjoyed working with her at Star- Biscoe Elementary School. She was always so sweet and kind. May God Be Your Strength Now and the Days Ahead!!!!
    With My Deepest Expression of Sympathy,
    Ms. Robin Williams

  6. Richard and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I taught with Judy at Green Ridge Elementary. She was such a kind lady and a good friend. Judy lived life to the fullest and was such a fun-loving person. I’m sure she has the angels laughing. May God grant you strength and comfort.

  7. Richard and family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Judy and I taught together at Green Ridge Elementary. She was a joy to be around. Judy was a kind lady and a good friend. She lived life to the fullest and was a very fun-loving person. I’m sure Judy has the angels laughing. May God grant you strength and peace.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Vivian King

  8. So sorry for your loss. She sounded like a beautiful soul. Prayers for the family and friends she leaves behind.

  9. Richard,
    I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Words can not adequately express my love for Judy and for you. God certainly made a way for you and Judy to meet and to marry and to have a beautiful life together. Judy will forever be a shining star for anyone who had the privilege of meeting her. She was loving and kind and caring. She was beautiful inside and out and she never stopped loving or caring for anyone that came in to her heart and life. I will forever love Judy and appreciate her kindness, her love and her joy she so freely shared and gave to me. She will live forever in our memories, and in photos and in the great stories we share with one another. I love you Judy and I certainly love you too Richard. May God continue to bless you today and everyday. ❤


    Coal sends his deepest sympathy! ❤

    🐾Coal 🐾

  10. I’m so sorry to hear about Judy’s passing. She and I became good friends while teaching at Star-Biscoe Elementary. We got our Master’s degree together and I attended your wedding! I’m glad she had so many wonderful years with you. God bless you during this difficult time.

  11. Condolences to the family. A funny wonderful person. It was a pleasure to work with her at Candor Elementary school.

  12. To the family of Mrs. Judy. I worked with your wife and mom in Montgomery County. What a joy she was with such a positive approach with the way she loved kids and everyone she met. She was a special encouragement to me as I filled in as interim principal at a couple schools. I loved her. We love you.She will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms and in the days to come. Bruce and Kim Williams

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