Arthur G. Seymour, Jr. (Sign Guestbook)

Arthur Gloster Seymour, Jr., age 74 died at his home on March 11, 2019. The son of Evelyn and Arthur G. Seymour, Arthur grew up in Knoxville and graduated in 1966 from the University of the South, where he was Grand Master of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and in 1969 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He and his beloved wife, Susan Thomson Seymour, began a full well-traveled life together while Arthur served two years in the U.S. Army in El Paso, Texas. Following that tour of duty, they returned to Knoxville and Arthur began practicing with Frantz, McConnell and Seymour, LLP, the law firm founded by Arthur’s grandfather, Charles Milne Seymour. For nearly five decades, Arthur maintained and broad and diverse practice, having tried civil cases of almost every description in state and federal courts. Passionate yet practical, Arthur had a genuine affinity for law and was a fervent advocate for his clients, who appreciated his vast knowledge and his ability to find the most sensible solutions for their legal issues.

He was recognized as one of the 150 best lawyers in Tennessee and was a member of the Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations, the International Association of Defense Council, the National Association of Railroad Trial Council, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was a member of the Men’s Cotillion Club; president, board member, and attorney for the East Tennessee Historical Society; board member of the Knoxville Symphony Society; board of trustees of the Knoxville/Knox County Public Library System; president and board member of commissioners of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority; and board member of the Episcopal School of Knoxville. Additionally, he was appointed to the board of trustees of the University of the South. At St. John’s Cathedral, he served as senior warden and lay reader, as well as delivering communion to parishioners who were unable to attend services.

Arthur is survived by his wife Susan; brother H.M. (Max) Meredith, M.D. and wife Mimi of Knoxville; brother Ward Seymour of Atlanta; sister Elizabeth Eschbach and husband Philip (Nik) of Winter Park, Florida; nephew Randy Meredith of Hudson, North Carolina; nephew Charles Seymour and wife Ellen of Denver, Colorado; nephew Andrew Seymour of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; nephew Arthur Eschbach of Winter Park, Florida; and niece Anna Eschbach and husband Jeremy Katalenic of Orlando, Florida.

Interment will be private in St. John’s Cathedral Memorial Garden. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Cathedral at 3:00 P.M. on April 5, 2019 with the Very Reverend John C. Ross officiating. The family will receive friends in the Great Hall of the Cathedral following the memorial service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the University of the South and St. John’s Cathedral.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Seymour family and invites you to view and sign below.


36 guestbook entries for “Arthur G. Seymour, Jr.”:

  1. James A.H. Bell says:

    We offer our deepest sympathies to the family. Arthur was a good friend. This community will miss him for many years. We pray the family finds peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Karen and Sid Taylor says:

    Dearest Susan, I am still right here for whatever you need or want. I am here for you, even if you need nothing, or just want an ear to listen or someone to sit quietly in the room with you. I can be there in less than one minute.

    Sid and I will miss Arthur’s comforting presence and we will really miss being able to call out to him just across the yard. We miss him already, just knowing he is not there.

    We love you and are praying for you, my friend!

  3. Mark williamson says:

    A good man. A man of great integrity who was honorable and could always be trusted. He will be missed.

  4. Joel Piper says:

    Arthur was an incredible attorney but an even better person. I am so saddened and shocked by this news. He helped us at a critical time for our business and we are very grateful for the lunches we shared together. When you hired Arthur you knew you hired the best. He was an advocate without compare. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  5. Steve Webb says:

    Arthur was such a great guy he will be missed by all

  6. Art & Cammie Catr says:

    Arthur will be missed by many, many people. Our condolences to the family.

  7. robert moyers says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  8. Terry Basista says:

    Arthur was a superb attorney and a fine gentleman. And, a really great nice guy. He will be missed.

  9. Lucian M Abernathy says:

    Arthur’s curiosity, humor and optimism were highly contagious and shared with all.

  10. Joe and Posey Congleton says:

    Posey and I tender our condolences to Susan and our sympathy to his family. Arthur was born a lawyer and was a man blessed with a keen mind, a wonderful sense of humor and very special lady in Susan. As a lawyer and a human being he was in select group of the finest people we have ever known.

  11. Wendell Moore says:

    My deepest sympathy to Arthur’s family and friends. The few times I had the pleasure of sharing his company will always be treasured.

  12. Robin Joyce says:

    Arthur was a great guy. He made me laugh regularly. I will miss dealing/working with him. He was a giant among the legal community and was truly an honor to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take comfort in the fact that you will have an angel watching over you.

  13. Patti Smith says:

    The only true Southern Gentleman I have ever known.

  14. Letty Anderson says:

    Susan and family. I am so sorry to hear about Arthur. I have known him since we moved in next door to the Seymours in 1963. He will be so missed by everyone who knew him. Such a great guy. Prayers for you all.

  15. Judy Pinkston McCarthy says:

    A gentlemen and a scholar. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  16. Ben and Bonnie Williamson says:

    Our dear, sweet, funny, perfect southern gentleman friend will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to his family and our dear lovely friend Susan.

  17. Donna Hannah says:

    Rest In Peace Arthur and deepest sympathy for the family. He was always so friendly and down to earth. He will be missed!

  18. Sen. Ken Yager says:

    How sorry I am to learn of Arthur’s death. He and I got to know one another when I practiced law in the seventies and eighties. He was the consummate attorney with a passion for the law and doing the right thing. Later, when I got into politics, he was always good to support me. Arthur is a rock of integrity who will be missed. I am glad to have known him. God bless you.

  19. Joe O'Brien says:

    With deepest sympathy for the family. It was an honor and privilege to have known him.

  20. Paul and Linda Mingie says:

    Susan, Was so sorry to hear of Arthur’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  21. Darryl Smith says:

    Arthur was a true gentleman, and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.

  22. Oliver Smith says:

    Arthur was a man of great integrity and will be sorely missed by our family. He was an integral part of my career as a real estate professional and a wonderful mentor to me and others. His contagious positive attitude was something that we can all strive to obtain.

  23. Oliver Smith iv says:

    Arthur was a man of great integrity and will be sorely missed by our family. He was an integral part of my career as a real estate professional and a wonderful mentor to me and others. His contagious positive attitude was something that we can all strive to obtain.

  24. Joseph Smallman says:

    Katherine and I, along with all of our children, are so sad about Arthur’s passing. He was the best cousin a man could have, a brillant lawyer and the quintessential southern gentleman. Susan, our deepest condolences to you.

  25. Frank Cagle says:

    Knoxville has suffered a great loss and we mourn Arthur’s passing.

  26. Scott Bishop says:

    Knoxville is poorer for Arthur’s passing. He was a credit to his profession, a real gentleman, and a joy to know.
    Susan—if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

    Scott Bishop and Tim Bridges

  27. Joseph Winkelman says:

    I am so sorry to learn of Arthur’s death from our fraternity brother, Jerry Kizer,and I send this transport of sympathy to Susan and family wit my deepest regrets. Arthur was a dear and loyal friend and brother, faithfully attending our Sewanee Homecoming reunions over many years. He was always good fun and will sorely be missed.

  28. Skip Elefante says:

    Condolences from California. I spent a brief time with Arthur and really enjoyed his unique personality and his innate ability to size a person up and make them comfortable. I don’t see how anyone who met him could have an ill word to say about this fine Gentleman. He will be missed.
    God Bless

  29. Mary Sue Miller says:

    So sorry to hear of Arthur’s passing. My sympathy, thoughts and love are with you at this time.

  30. Cal Mayo says:

    On behalf of the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers, please accept my sympathies. We enjoyed having Arthur and Susan with us last April for our Regional Meeting. Arthur embodied the true meaning of a trial lawyer through his law practice.

    Cal Mayo
    State Chair

  31. Kathy Whitt Howard Ellis says:

    Susan – I often saw Arthur in the City-County Building and at City Council Meetings. He was the truest example of a genteel southern gentleman. His love for you and life was exuberant and his wittiness was heartwarming. He will be monumentally missed by all. You sweet lady are and will remain in my prayers.

  32. Gilbert Levison says:

    Susan, Elizabeth and Ward:

    My sincerest and deep condolences. I feel like a member of the family since Bud and Evelyn moved next door many years ago. Over the years Arthur and I became good friends and traveling companions to many sporting events.

    Arthur was also a huge help to me and my family on many of our real estate problems. He was a huge presence and a real GENTLEMAN. He will be missed.

    Gilbert Levsion

  33. Terry Igoe says:

    Send our condolences to Susan and family. We enjoyed our many airport trips. Love and prayers. Trisha and Terry Igoe

  34. John Sibley says:

    It was an honor to have known Arthur, if only for a brief period of time. Always the gentleman, always the scholar. God’s peace and comfort be with the Seymour family. John Sibley, member, ETHS Board

  35. George and Betty Kelly says:


  36. Robin Joyce says:

    Arthur was a gentle giant and always a pleasure to work with. His presence will be greatly missed. Take comfort that he is now singing with the angels and keeping a watchful eye from above.

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