Photos: MS Coast Memorial Service of Lineman Cayce Seal


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Bay St. Louis City Councilor Doug Seal kneels and prays by the coffin of his son, 28-year-old Cayce Seal, an entergy lineman who died after being electrocuted while working on power lines. Cayce’s memorial service took place on July 1, 2021 at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Waveland.

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“It’s incredible.”

While his parents stood next to a handcrafted pine box filled with roses, calla lilly, and other blue and white flowers, Cody Seal looked out the corner window of the side altar of St. Clare’s Catholic Church.

He watched three American flags and a wooden cross flutter in the wind as the snake outside grew and twisted so long and twisted that he and the priest had never seen it before.

And people kept coming back. At one point the line extended almost to US 90.

They parked in the grass along Vacation Lane, taking every spot on the beach nearby. They wore suits and dresses, work uniforms and jeans and T-shirts. They waited in the heat and sunshine to say goodbye to Cayce Seal.

The 28-year-old Bay St. Louis native and lineman of utility Entergy died last week after being in shock while working on power lines.

At church, Seal’s family hugged the necks of every person who came to pay their respects – about 2,000 total – while Ross Grisham and his band played music that brought gasps and tears from the crowded benches.

“Take my hand, dear sir, lead me home,” Grisham sang.

Doug and Michelle Seal laughed and cried, while Seal’s friend Cassie Lassabe often turned her head from the line to look at her partner in his final resting ship filled with signatures from friends, family, loved ones, and members of the Hancock County community. There was a flower-filled box nearby with a power line interrogator, and many of Cayce’s crewmates paused to pat the top and wiped away tears when they found a seat.

Cayce is the father of 2 year old Declan Seal and stepfather to 8 year old Anistyn Hoda.

Guests at the service included hundreds of first responders and Entergy staff, many of whom gathered outside the church near the bucket carts that lined US 90.

An overflow room in the church was filled with memorabilia that shaped Cayce’s life. He was the football and soccer coach of St. Stanislaus, King of the Nereids, competitive fisherman and bull rider. A slideshow played showing videos of Cayce dancing with his mother at a recent carnival ball.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam and Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre were in attendance.

Cayce is buried in Lakeshore Cemetery on Thursday afternoon.

Doug Seal, who wore a dark blue suit with matching tennis shoes, had a message for the community when saying goodbye to his youngest son with his wife Michele by his side: “Live like Cayce.”

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Bay St. Louis City Councilor Doug Seal kneels and prays by the coffin of his son, 28-year-old Cayce Seal, an entergy lineman who died after being electrocuted while working on power lines. Cayce’s funeral was held on July 1, 2021 at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Waveland. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Declan Seal, 2, is held by his mother, Cassie Lassabe, at the memorial service for Declan’s father, Cayce Seal, 28, at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Waveland on July 1, 2021. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Anistyn Hoda, 8, looks at the body of stepfather Cayce Seal at his memorial service at St. Clare’s Catholic Church on July 1, 2021. Cayce’s father Doug Seal and uncle Buddy Seal embrace the girl. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Doug Seal (right), son Cody Seal (center) and uncle Buddy Seal (left) view Cayce Seal’s body in a handcrafted coffin at St. Clare Catholic Church on July 1, 2021 during the memorial service for Cayce, a late entergy lineman after working on power lines in New Orleans. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Cassie Lassabe, girlfriend of Cayce Seal, hugs a guest during his memorial service at St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland on July 1, 2021. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Anistyn Hoda, 8, looks at the body of stepfather Cayce Seal at his memorial service at St. Clare Catholic Church on July 1, 2021. Cayce’s father Doug Seal and uncle Buddy Seal embrace the girl. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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A power line poll was placed next to Cayce Seal’s coffin during his funeral service at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Waveland on July 1, 2021. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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At the memorial service for Cayce Seal at St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland on July 1, 2021, guests saw a table full of lineman equipment. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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At the memorial service for Cayce Seal at St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland on July 1, 2021, guests saw a table full of lineman equipment. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Cayce Seal’s coffin was handcrafted in Lakeshore and adorned with blue and white flowers. His funeral was held on July 1, 2021 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Hundreds wait outside St. Clare Catholic Church, including many linemen and first responders, to pay their respects to Lineman Cayce Seal on July 1, 2021. Entergy crews and Bay St. Louis firefighters hoisted three American flags and a cross on the church property. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Hundreds wait outside St. Clare Catholic Church, including many linemen and first responders, to pay their respects to Lineman Cayce Seal on July 1, 2021. Entergy crews and firefighters from Bay St. Louis hoisted three American flags and a cross on the church property in Waveland in. Justin Mitchell [email protected]

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Justin Mitchell is Editor for Retention and Special Projects for McClatchy’s Southeast Region. He also covers LGBTQ issues in the deep south, particularly with a focus on Mississippi.


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