Glenwood Thomas Sellars, 96, of Wilmington, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Davis Health Care Center.
A lifelong resident of Wilmington and the last of eight children, Glenwood was born on May 28, 1920, in Wilmington, the son of the late Richard Cass Sellars and Nancy Wright Rivenbark Sellars.
Also remembered are his beloved wife of 67 years, Audrey Powell Sellars; Joseph of Wilmington, Pearl Sellars Parker of Durham, Fitzhugh Lee of Wilmington, Allison Buster of Wilmington, Richard Norwood (Tot) of Wilmington, Ruby Catherine Sellars Redd of Portsmouth, Va., and Garnett Paul of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews, Nell Parker Jones of Durham, Paul Sellars, David Sellars, Lanier Sellars and Norma Sellars Grabenstein, all of Wilmington, and all of whom preceded him in death.
Surviving are his beloved daughter, Diane Sellars Young of Wilmington; nieces and nephews, John Redd of Portsmouth, Va., Dickie Redd of Suffolk, Va., Bobby Redd of Louisiana, Patsy Redd Seale of Suffolk, Va., Shirley Sellars Norris of Wilmington, Mary Sellars Hammond of Athens, Ga., and Jean Sellars Rawls and Sue Sellars Hammonds, both of Wilmington; many great-nieces, great-nephews and friends; and special pet, his dog, BooBoo.
Glenwood attended William Hooper Elementary School, Tileston, and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1938. He joined North Carolina National Guard 120th Infantry his last two years of high school. Because of a baseball injury to his eye during his youth, he was not selected for military duty in the Army. He was, therefore, assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve to guard the gold at Fort Knox, Ky. It was here that President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited and said to him, ‘How are you, soldier?’ To which he responded, ‘Fine, thank you, sir.’
Glen worked with Merita Bakery in Wilmington, and then owned and operated Sellars Accounting Service until his retirement. He was an enrolled agent to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Glen studied finance and accounting at UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University.
He was a former member of N.C. Society of Accountants; Wilmington Optimist Club, where he served as president from 1994 to 1995, and a volunteer with Optimist Little League Baseball. He was also a member of the American Legion. Glen was a faithful Carolina Fan. He spent many happy days playing his favorite sport of golf at Municipal Golf Course in Wilmington. He enjoyed travel, music, playing the piano, and he and his wife danced on several continents on their vacations.
As a young boy, he would ride a barge up the Cape Fear River to Fayetteville with his PaPa to deliver dry goods to businesses along the way. When arriving in Fayetteville, they would send carrier pigeons to his mother to let her know of their safe arrival.
He and his sisters and brothers grew up in the Church of The Good Shepherd. After he married, he joined Sunset Park Baptist Church, where he was baptized.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Church of The Good Shepherd. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. A reception will be held after services in the fellowship hall at the church.
Glen’s family sends humble and heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers at Davis Health Care Center and Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
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