Maj. Charles Harley Sellers, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), age 94, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, with his son, Charles Jerry Sellers, and daughter-in-law, Karen M. Sellers, at his bedside, as he peacefully joined his wife of 70 years, Mary Beatrice Sellers, and son, James David Sellers, both preceded him in death.
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Major Sellers was born and raised in the north Georgia Mountains, near Ellijay, Ga. There he met his loving wife, and later his two sons were born there.
In 1941 he heeded the call of his country, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was later selected into the U.S. Army Air Corps as a heavy bomber pilot. Serving in the Pacific Theater, he flew numerous missions, in the Pacific campaign, ending with many missions over Japan. He and his crew were returning from a mission, over Tokyo, when they saw the bomb cloud over Hiroshima. After the surrender, he served in the first wave of occupation forces in Japan.
In 1946, he returned to civilian life, and his family in North Georgia, as a carpenter and gas station owner. In 1951, his country called again, and he rejoined the now United States Air Force. For the next 16 years, various assignments took him around the U.S. and the world. In 1967, he returned to Fort Walton Beach, where he became a realtor, and hot house tomato grower. Later he ventured into commercial bee keeping, which he enjoyed until recently.
He is survived by his son, Charles Jerry Sellers, and wife, Karen, of Sarasota, Fla., and Mary Ellyn Sellers, widow of son, James David Sellers, of Mansfield, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 12 to 2 p.m., at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, NE, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Service to begin a 2 p.m., with a committal service to follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, with the rendering of military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Apr. 2, 2014