Seaton Poe Fairless, Jr.

July 23, 2009



COLERAIN – Seaton Poe Fairless, Jr., age 70, of the 100 block of Buncomb Road, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Fairless was born in Bertie County, a son of the late Josie Harrell and Seaton Poe Fairless, Sr. He was a former member of Colerain Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent; and was currently a member of Cashie Baptist Church where he had also served as Sunday School Superintendent and member of the Praise and Worship Team.

Seaton was a graduate of Colerain High School and East Carolina University. He taught in Bertie County Schools before becoming a full-time farmer, and served on the Bertie County School Board for 16 years, serving as chairman for the last term, and receiving the All-State School Board Award in 2005.

Mr. Fairless was an avid lover of the outdoors and hunting and was a member of the Roanoke/Albemarle Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, serving many years as District Director and receiving the Director‚??s Award in 1996.

Seaton was also a former member of the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department and an Eagle Scout.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Sue Ruffin Fairless of the home; his daughters, Kimberly Fairless Williamson and husband Mac of Winterville, NC, and Mary Jo Fairless Whitley and husband, Rob of Colerain, NC; four grandsons, Phillip Williamson, Andrew Williamson, Noah Whitley and Daniel Whitley. He is also survived by two sisters, Brenda Fairless Edwards and husband, Oscar of Greenville, NC and Annette Fairless Wood and husband, Gilliam of Edenton, NC.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2009, at Cashie Baptist Church, Windsor, NC, with the Rev. Reese Blanchett and Rev. Shelby Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Colerain. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, and other times at the home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Cashie Baptist Church, 221 S. Queen St., Windsor, NC, 27983, or to the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department. The family would also like to ask people to honor Seaton‚??s life by being a blood donor with the Red Cross.

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Shirley Whichard Cullipher (West Bertie)
14 years ago

Know that my prayers are with the family during this time of having to experience the loss of a loved one. It was an honor to have worked in the Bertie Schools with Mr. Fairless as a board member and under Mrs. Fairless as one of my supervisors. I will always be indebted to them for the integrity, hard work and love they gave to the staff and students. I wish to Mrs. Fairless and the family the peace of knowing that you are not going to go through this time alone because prayers, friends, family and most of all God is there for you.

Linda Cowan Warfford
14 years ago

Sue and Family,

I saw in the Raleigh N&O today about Seaton. Wanted you to know I was thinking of you. You have so many great memories. Take care and May God bless. Linda

Pat Nelson
14 years ago


I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. I know this has been a long and difficult time for you. Just know that you and your family are in my prayers. Trust in God to carry you through and think on the wonderful memories you have.

Love in Christ,

Pat Nelson


Claudia Todd Jackson
14 years ago


I was saddened to see Seaton’s obituary in the News and Observer. I remember that when I met him years ago, I felt like the two of you were a wonderful match. I know you have many precious memories.

I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you.

Give my love to your family.


Gina Lewis Smith
14 years ago

Sue, Kimberly & Mary Jo~

When mom & dad told me about Seaton’s passing I was speechless. I just sat & thought about so many wonderful memories…Know that my thoughts & prayers are with you.

Pastor Wallace Phillips
14 years ago

Just a note to express our concern for you as you face your lives without Mr. Seaton. He was a great man. I will always remember that he was the one who allowed Zach to hunt with Rob on his property to kill his very first deer. Zach and I watched the video today. Our hearts are with you as you grieve the loss of your loved one.

Kristina Runfola Barrett
14 years ago

Dear Kimberly, Mary Jo, Sue, and family,

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss…I know Seaton Poe will be greatly missed, but that we’ll see him again in a better place..What I’ll most remember about Mr. Fairless is his great attitude and sense of humor! I remember laughing alot when visiting Kimberly. I have so many warm memories of spending time with Kimberly and her family. God bless you all as you remember all the good memories…Sorry I couldn’t be there to tell you in person..



Larry & Martha Hope Smith
14 years ago

Seaton, I know that where you are, you will see bigger bucks and heard the gobble of the wild turkey everyday. Thanks for what you have done for wildlife, and thanks for being my friend.

Sue and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Jeanette White
14 years ago


You and your family are in my prayers. Bertie County and our schools have lost one of their biggest supporters with the passing of Seaton. Through the years, he never lost his passion for doing what was best for our schools. When I worked for the newspaper and went to all the Board of Education meetings, never did I see Seaton vote in any way other than with the students’ best interests at heart. He was a man who voted his convictions, even when he knew that he could not win some issues. We need more people like Seaton and he will be missed.