John Wesley Sellers December 4, 1937 -December 1, 2012 An hour of meditation will be held Sunday 12/9/12 at 5pm at Forest Lawn, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Hollywood Hills, CA. The funeral service will be held at 12:30pm burial will follow at Forest Lawn for John Sellers 74 born December 4th, 1937, who passed away December 1, 2012 in Beverly Hills. John Sellers was a native of Birmingham Alabama. He was a U.S. Air force Veteran. He was a member of the Church of God Evening Light Saints of Bakersfield where his father in law Elder Isaac Chandler was his Pastor. John and Edith lived in Bakersfield immediately after marriage. John played Football and Basketball for Bakersfield College and was drafted by two professional teams NFL & AFL. Coach Vince Lombardi recruited John for the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers recruited him as well while playing at junior college level. Which is very rare. John was All-American, All Conference, Coaches Award, Football Honor Roll and Letterman. John's team was annually one of the strongest junior college teams-Renegades second nationally in 1962 and the last junior college to go to the Junior Rose Bowl. John moved with his young family to Los Angeles to further his education and began working for Farmers Insurance where he worked for 20 yrs in management. John taught company classes and developed a subrogation program to collect for uninsured motorist that was implemented throughout the company which increased the company's revenue. In 1972 John and Edith moved to Fountain Valley CA and raised their 5 children. For the last 5 yrs John resided in Beverly Hills CA. John was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, he was a man of honor and dignity who always put family first. John would take maternity leave to assist his wife Edith at the birth of each child. John always looked to the future and planned holidays and birthdays for the enjoyment of his family and would take vacation to do all the holiday cooking. John will surely be missed this holiday season. Survived by his wife Mrs. Edith Sellers; children John P Sellers of Oxnard CA, Suzanne M Sellers of Santa Clarita CA, Jonette W Sellers of Beverly Hills CA, Jason W Sellers of Beverly Hills CA; Grandchildren Justin W Sellers of Visalia, Gregory, Nina, Jordan, and Nicole Holsome of Oklahoma, Davanna A.G Edwards of Beverly Hills CA, Savannah D.N Wright of Santa Clarita, and Tyler W Sellers of Oxnard CA. Johns siblings: Ola-Mae Sellers; late sister Mary (Sellers) Thomas & children Jan and Blanchard(Pete) Thomas; late brother Ernest(Jack) Sellers brother Obrie Sellers Jr. & child Gerald Sellers; late sister Rosa(Sellers)Smith & children Jaqueline (Smith) Watkins and Marlin Smith. Paul Bearers: John Sellers, Jason Sellers, Justin Sellers, Marlin Smith, Alonza Thomas, Durwin Phillips, Timothy A Chandler Jr., Obrie Sellers. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 7, 2012