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January 4, 2014
Sellers Stough, Jr. passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014, one week short of his 91st birthday.
Sellers was born in Dothan, Alabama in 1923 and reared in Birmingham, Alabama during the Great Depression. A highlight of his early years was spending summers in Horse Cave, Kentucky with his grandfather, Cyrus E. ("Tripp") Foster, a reporter for a local newspaper.
Sellers attended the University of Alabama from 1940 to 1943, when he joined the Army as an officer. While crossing the English Channel on December 24, 1944, his transport ship, the S.S. Leopoldville, was sunk by a German submarine near the French coast. Although many were lost, he was pulled him from the icy Atlantic by a French fisherman. While later serving in Europe, he was awarded the Silver Star for bravery.
Upon leaving the Army, he attended the Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar in 1949. He then joined Standard Oil of California, later Chevron, where he worked for 38 years and retired as CFO in 1988. He had many cherished friends at Chevron, including some he saw regularly until his final days.
Shortly after coming to California in 1949, he met Virginia Ruth Somerville and they were married in 1950. They settled in Piedmont, where he lived for over 50 years, and reared a family. Nothing delighted Sellers more than visits from family and neighbors, and he was thrilled upon the arrival of his two great-grandsons in his last years.
Sellers is survived by his wife, Virginia Stough, sons Sellers III ( wife Christine Jessup Stough), Brooks (wife Jean Kovacs) and Tripp, grandsons Sellers IV (wife Christine Dauphine Stough) and Russell (wife Kelley Coleman Stough), granddaughters Madison and Paige and great-grandsons Sellers V and Coleman Foster.
Sellers will be remembered for his love of family, generosity, intelligence and independence as well as for his wonderful lemon pies. He will be missed by many.
No memorial service is planned.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2014