Stephen E. Seard, N.C. university student

January 16, 2009|By JACQUES KELLY

Stephen A. Seard, a Polytechnic Institute graduate enrolled in a university engineering program, died of heart disease Saturday while playing in a church-sponsored league basketball game. The Randallstown resident was 20.

Family members said Mr. Seard had a coronary artery defect that contributed to his death.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown, he graduated in 2006 from the Polytechnic Institute, where he played varsity football. At his death, he was a junior at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where he was majoring in engineering. He was also an offensive lineman for the Golden Bulls, the school's football team.

Mr. Seard had been a member of the Berea Tribesman Pathfinder Club, the drum corps and drill team. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Services will be held at 11:30 today at the Berea Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1901 Madison Ave. A 10:30 a.m. wake precedes the service.

Survivors include his parents, Sidney and Leslie Rolls of Randallstown; his father and stepmother, John E. and LaNora Seard of Hyattsville; three brothers, John Hines of Greenville, Miss., Sedrick Rolls of Baltimore and Jovante Seard of Hyattsville; and two sisters, LaKiyah Seard of Hyattsville and Ajee Rolls of Randallstown.

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