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J.W. Sellers

Thursday, April 18, 2019

FORT WORTH- Dr. J. W. Sellers, “Doodah” to his beloved grandchildren, passed away peacefully Monday morning, April 8, 2019. He was 87.

Services were held Thursday in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Dr. Mike Marshall officiating. Burial was in Trickham Cemetery, Coleman County.

Dr. Sellers was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Coryell County to Wert Allen and Ruby Blum Sellers. He graduated from Jonesboro High School and received his undergraduate degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, his master’s degree from the SMU Perkins Theological Seminary in Dallas and his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

He married Gayla Jean McIver Hornell in 1971, along with her children Allen Bruce Hornell and Lori Lagenia Hornell Zachary from her marriage with Alex Bruce Hornell, who died in 1969, and they grew their family with Jorge Wert “Jay” Sellers and Ruby Elizabeth Sellers.

He served the Methodist Church as a camp counselor at Glen Lake Camp and as a minister in the Central Texas Conference of the Methodist Church for 50 years until his retirement in 2002. He then served as a Pastor Emeritus at the Methodist Church in Rio Vista.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Gayla Jean McIver Sellers; and sisters Mary Ann Sellers Burke and Carrahlee Sellers.

Survivors include his children, Lori and Michael, Allen and Lauren, Jay and Angelle and Ruby; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Joel Allen Sellers and wife Shirley; sister Frieda Sellers Wolfe; and nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorials may be made to Glen Lake Camp, Trickham Cemetery Association or to a Methodist church of your choice.

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