John Evans “Jake” Seymour was born Dec. 17, 1986 in Jonesboro, Ark., to Amy Cunningham and John Seymour. He moved to Eureka Springs in 1998 at the age of 12. After high school, Jake worked, played in bands and earned a permanent spot in the hearts of everyone in our village.
If the saying “Only the good die young” was ever fitting, it certainly is now. Because we, his friends and family were not finished loving him. We weren’t ready to give up his warm greetings and friendly smiles, his big hugs, and all the positive energy from our brother, co-worker, and bandmate – our beloved friend.
Jake drank deeply from the cup of life. He has long been the embodiment of the motto: “you have one life, live it.”
He was always generous, thoughtful and a gift-giver, acutely observant and tuned in to the feelings of others.
He was a connoisseur of music and had perfect time as a drummer. He had a beautiful singing voice.
He was an avid reader and gifted writer, penning several beautiful eulogies, poems and songs.
He was a muse.
He loved Frank Zappa.
He was Ruddy J. Turnstone.
Jake was a gifted athlete, excelling at basketball and soccer. He enjoyed going to sporting events and concerts with his dad and Jenny, younger brothers Nate and Patrick, and his friends.
He was a comedian and impersonator with an endless memory bank of movie quotes and song lyrics.
Jake is survived by his mother Amy Samu, father John Seymour, stepmom Jennifer Pile, and brothers Nate Seymour and Patrick Pile-Seymour, and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins.
This new covid world was too confining for Jake. He loved crowds, socializing, and meeting new people, so he got out. On Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, our beloved Jake, 34, left this earth following a brief but vicious battle with cancer.
Now, instead of being isolated, he is mingling with a million stars. He has graduated this school of duality and moved on to new adventures. He is waiting for us to join him on the other side, where we will all swim in the same pool once again.
WE LOVE YOU, Jake Seymour.
Those wishing to leave a memorial, please consider a donation to Flint Street Food Pantry at www.flintstreet.org. A memorial service will be forthcoming, likely in the Spring, when friends and family can gather and celebrate without concern for social distancing. Updates will be provided via John Seymour’s Facebook page.