Kevin Seal

Published 1:39 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Kevin Jacob Seal, 47, of Franklinton, died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday March 27, 2016, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

Kevin was born July 15, 1968. He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1986 and was a correctional officer at Rayborn C.C. for over 20 years. Kevin worked in radio, at WBOX and others, where his booming, animated announcer voice was heard by many. (Because of his beautiful radio voice, Kevin was always invited to MC events on the U.S.S. Saginaw, at the prison, and community events).

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was in active duty from 1989 to 1992, where he was assigned to the U.S.S. Saginaw in Little Creek, Va., and traveled the world. Kevin served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

It was during that time that he received many honors: Navy Unit Commendation ribbon, Kuwait Liberation medal, Southeast Asian Service medal, National Defense Service medal, SRA Service Deployment ribbon. Kevin received an honorable discharge and then served four years in the Naval Reserve from 1992 to 1996 as BMSA Kevin Sea.

He began a career at Rayborn Correctional in 1993 and is currently ranked Master Sergeant. He is in charge of a DOTD Crew and serves as a CPR instructor for the prison.

Kevin met his wife Tonja in 2008 while she was principal at Byrd Avenue in Bogalusa. Kevin and a crew of inmates were assigned to Byrd Avenue to complete repairs around the school. Kevin and Tonja began dating in 2009 and were married on July 14, 2010 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and haven’t really left their honeymoon.

He is survived by: his wife, Tonja Varnado-Seal of Franklinton; his parents, Houston Seal Jr. and Brenda Duncan Seal of Varnado; his daughter, Malarie Jenkins of Covington; his son, Coley Varnado Jenkins of Franklinton; an aunt and uncle, Debbie and Bobby Potter of Bogalusa; his mother-in-law, Peggy Varnado; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold Varnado Jr. and Rhonda Varnado, Michael and Debbie Varnado, and Tammy Ingram, all of Franklinton, and Ruston and Shelly Varnado of Covington; special friends, Dennis “Archie” Andrews and Trish Andrews of Virginia Beach, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Melvin and Evelyn Duncan, Houston Seal Sr. and Elizabeth Seal; first cousin, Jessica Potter; father-in-law, Harold Varnado Sr.; and brother-in-law, Alan Varnado.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home on Thursday, March 31, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and after 9 a.m. on Friday. A funeral service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Leon Hickman, Dr. Gene Richards and the Rev. Andrew Voss officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Seal Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his coworkers and friends Pat Campo, Daryl Grant, Damon Smith, Jonathan Chaisson, Chris Ladner and Josh Goff. Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Brumfield, Darrell Miley and Tim Crawford.

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