Seay Named Grand Marshal of Rector Christmas Parade

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Reuben Seay will serve as grand marshal of next week's Rector Christmas parade.
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Rector will come to life with the sights and sounds of the season the evening of Thursday, Dec. 13. Beginning at 6 p.m. the Rector Christmas Parade will originate from the corner of Main and Third Streets. As in recent years, the Rector High School Marching Band, under the parade direction of drum major Jacob Holmes and band director Kyle Kempf, will entertain the crowd with traditional Christmas tunes as they lead floats and marchers down Main Street and on to the community center.

In keeping with tradition, the Rector Community Center is the end spot for the parade. Afterward, everyone will gather in the Crockett Multi-Purpose Room where the Rector High School band and choirs will perform for the audience. Hot chocolate will be served and a visit from Santa may always be expected. As usual, Santa will arrive from his sleigh in the parade and occupy a place of honor for children to visit and give him their wish list--as long as they have been good little boys and girls.

The Christmas Parade and Reception have been a Rector tradition for years, offering a chance for the community to join together during one of the most wonderful times of the year.

The Rector Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that long-time public servant Reuben Seay has been selected as grand marshal for this year's parade.

Serving Rector as mayor from 1987 until 1994 during which time the Rector Community Center was built, Seay has recently worked at the center in the capacity of greeter, attendant and ambassador of cheer. In fact, any project involving the City of Rector and its people, Seay and family have been an active participant.

The Labor Day Picnic events were chaired by Seay for three years and he supervised the Labor Day kitchen for an additional three years. Those who know him will agree that Reuben Seay is found wherever his good personality and winning smile take him.

Proudly hailing from a farm family and raised around the Blue Cane community where he attended school for seven years, Seay graduated from Rector High School in 1954. From there, service became a primary objective for his life. He volunteered as part of the Rector Fire Department for 23 years and served on the REA board of directors for 48 years. Seay adds to his accolades by being a member of the National Guard in Rector for 10 years. He has also been a member of the Dannely Masonic Lodge, F&AM, for 61 years.

No single area of service, regardless of the number of years involved, provided the reason for the Rector Chamber of Commerce to select Seay as Christmas Parade Grand Marshal. They note it was his attitude toward that service, the attitude that comes from the heart, that elevates him. He has a love for Rector where he and his wife, Carolyn, raised their son John and daughter Ellen Meadows. Seay says he is proud to be a part of a community that works together and accomplishes much – the Labor Day Picnic, the Christmas Parade and Reception, events that bring everyone together in one spirit.

Though Reuben Seay has been chosen as Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, he could be Santa, the epitome of love for children and the love of home and family.

“I love the people here and I try to be friends with everyone. When I’m working at the community center, I’m friendly and like meeting people,” he explains. “I really like seeing people I wouldn’t see ordinarily. It’s when they come home for their reunions and other events that I get to visit with them.”

Seay also points to his involvement in building the center as a great source of community pride.

“I’m especially happy to have been Rector’s mayor when the community center was built,” he explained. “Everybody who worked down there has wanted to take care of that building. That’s another reason I worked there.”

A member of Rector First Baptist Church, Seay has made a difference for Rector in his genuine love for its people. Always a champion for city, Reuben Seay represents the Christmas Spirit of generosity, love, and good-will.

With this in mind, he was chosen to lead the parade through the streets of the city to the community center as this year's grand marshal.

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