Judge William Henry Seals, Jr. was born in Marion County on August 19, 1961. His parents are the late William H. Seals, USMCR and attorney, and Melba Reid Seals. Judge Seals is married to the former Phoebe Anderson Richardson of Darlington, S.C. and they have one son, William Henry Seals, III.
Judge Seals graduated high school from Pee Dee Academy and from Charleston Southern University in 1982. Judge Seals then attended the University of South Carolina in their MBA program when he decided the law was his calling. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Thereafter, Judge Seals practiced law in Marion with James E. Brogdon from 1990 to 1995 and then as a sole practitioner until 2009. Judge Seals engaged in the general practice of the law with an emphasis in civil litigation. Judge Seals also served as Marion’s Municipal Court Judge from 1996 to 2009. In this regard, he received from the City of Marion The Outstanding Public Service Award given in appreciation for his leadership, integrity and contributions to city government as an outstanding citizen and municipal employee. Judge Seals was elected as South Carolina Circuit Court Judge, At-Large Seat 6, on February 11, 2009, to fill the unexpired term of the Honorable James E. Lockemy.
Judge Seals and his family are active members of The Church of the Advent Episcopal Church in Marion. Both Judge Seals and his wife are coaches of their son’s Sporting Clays Team at Pee Dee Academy, and all three love the outdoors. Judge Seals particularly enjoys NASCAR, canoeing the swamps of the Little Pee Dee River, and hunting, with a special affection for bow hunting and duck hunting. Judge Seals also enjoys spending time on his farm in the Zion Community of Marion County along with his German Shepherd, Gus.