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Gene Autry “Paco” Sellers, USAFAugust 5, 1941 – February 18, 2017
Gene Autry “Paco” Sellers of Opelika, Alabama was born in Columbus, GA August 5, 1941 and passed away February 18, 2017 at EAMC. He was 75 years old.
He served his country in the United States Air Force from May of 1960 to September of 1971. He was a chopper pilot and a POW from the Vietnam War, and a patriot that always flew the flag that he fought to protect. He later served in the Army National Guard and received a Honorable Medical Discharge in 1986. He worked for the Opelika City Schools in maintenance and as a Certifier at Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
He was a kind friend who had no problem laughing at you and with you. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Effie Mosley Sellers; sisters, Elene Sellers, Elizabeth Broach, Louise Childers; brothers, Frankie Sellers, Curtis Sellers, Tolbert Sellers, Eddie Sellers, and Freddie Sellers;
He is survived by his wife Peggy Sellers; daughters, Christy Sellers Hudmon (Jonathan), Kerri Sellers Mandlekow (Ed), and Gena Sellers; sons, John Sellers (Julie) Craig Perryman (Brenda Peters); brothers, George Sellers (Freida House) and John D. Sellers; twelve grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be in the Parlor at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Funeral service will be in the Chapel at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Brother Ricky Thomaston officiating. Interment will follow at Garden Hills Cemetery.
Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is directing.
~ GUEST BOOK ~
2/23/2017With deep sympathy I’m sorry for your loss. May Jehovah God be with you at this time of grief. He is the God of all comfort. He will wipe away the tears from their eyes, death will be no more, no mourning, no pain, the former things will pass away. Revelation 21:4~DA Frazier
2/20/2017Granddad I miss you, I wish I could be there but distance unfortunately prevents me from doing so. Always be thinking about you. Rest In Peace and out of pain. Love you.~Pell
2/20/2017Daddy: I am doing good. I wish I could be with you, if only I could. But living so far away doesn’t mean you are far away in my heart. I think about when we were a family and we did crazy things, like floating down a creek in flat bottom boats, and bottle rocket wars with Aunt Elizabeth and everyone. I cannot attend your memorial, but I am there in spirit, in love, respect and honor. I love you. Peggy, thank you for taking care of my daddy. I appreciate all you have done through the years.~Gena K Sellers, oldest daughter
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