Sechler, Malissa Franklin, d. 1940 - Sexton, Hershal, d. 1985


Sechler, Malissa Franklin (Dukes) 23 Nov 1858 - 16 Apr 1940 CCR 18 Apr 1940 p1

[Note: Daughter of Newton & Artae (Roberts( Dukes; married Henry B. Sechler 8 Feb 1851 - 4 Mar 1922; raised niece Malissa Octavia (Loftin) Rozell 1 Jan 1879 - 28 Apr 1949 after her mother Lucinda (?) Loftin died]

Mrs. Malissa Sechler, 81, passed away Tuesday at the home of her nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Gorman Rozell of Ash Grove. Mrs. Sechler fell some time ago, breaking a hip and that, with complications, caused her death. She was a native of Taney county but for the past 18 years her home has been in Christian county near Chadwick. She was an aunt of Mrs. Malissa Rozell of Chadwick and a great aunt of Mrs. Rex Harris of this city. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Chadwick by Rev. Roscoe C. Harding of Nixa with burial under direction of Brim funeral directors of Ash Grove.


Sechler, Washington  C. 1879 -29 Jan 1963  CCR 7 Feb 1963

[Note: Son of Abraham C. & Mary Elizabeth (Bunch) Sechler; married Ollie McReynolds]

Funeral services for Washington Sechler, 84, of Nixa, were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harris Chapel with the Rev. Earl Sechler and the Rev. Errett Sechler officiating. Burial was in Highlandville Cemetery. Mr. Sechler died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark. He had lived at Nixa since September, formerly living at Spokane and Ponce de Leon. He was a member of Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife Ollie; five daughters, Mrs. Exilee Fincher, Nixa, Mrs. Merle Rhodes, Kansas City, Mrs. Fern Begenich, Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Ruth Pope, Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Marguerite Stewart, Ontario, Calif.; three sons, Raymond, Riverside, Calif., Bill, San Jose, Calif., and Junior, Willoughby, Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Secor, Joe N. 14 Aug 1911 - 3 Feb 1978 OH 9 Feb  1978 p12

[Note: married Mamie Marley]

OZARK - Services for Joe N. Secor, 66, Ozark, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Dieteric Funeral Home, Aurora, Ill. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora. Local arrangements were under the direction of Adams. Mr. Secor died at 5:35 p.m., Saturday in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after a short illness. Mr. Secor, who moved to Ozark in 1974 from Aurora. He was a retired truck driver from Warner’s Truck Co., Aurora, Ill. He was a member of the Selmore Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mamie Marley Secor; two sons, Joe E. and Larry, both of Aurora, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Wingrove and Mrs. Vickie Martin, both of Aurora, Ill.;; four brothers, Eddie, John, Chester and Howard, all of Aurora, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Peterson, Rockford, Ill and Mrs. Ann Souders, Aurora, Ill. and 11 grandchildren. The body was taken in to the Dieterle Funeral Home, Aurora, Ill, for services and burial.


Secrest, David Duane 9 Dec 1969 – 26 Nov 1991  NN-E 5 Dec 1991

[Note: Son of Gary D. & ? (  ) Secrest]

David Duane Secrest, 21, Ozark, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1991 following an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 9, 1969 in Waynesville. He was an employee of B&B Pallet Co. Survivors include his father, Gary D. Secrest; and two brothers, Gary Secrest, Nixa, and Tom Secrest, Ozark. A memorial service was held Saturday in Adams Funeral Home, with the Rev. Russell Heatherly officiating. Following cremation, burial will be in Iberia, Mo.


Sedivy, Felix 19 Feb 1896 - 16 Jul 1980 OH 7 Aug 1980 p10

[Note: married Mary]

Felix Sedivy, 84 of Clever died July 16 in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. Services and burial was held in New Berlin, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Elmer Sedivy of Waukesha, Wis. and Clarence Sedivy of St. Petersburg, Fla.


Sedlak, Dorothy "Dot" (Hartegan) 20 Feb 1930 – 25 Sep 1992  NN-E 30 Sep 1992

[Note: Daughter of David & Lola (  ) Hartegan; married 7 Sep 1947 Franklin Sedlak 30 Jun 1926 - 9 Feb 1993]

Dorothy "Dot" Sedlak, 62, Nixa, died at 2:20 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 1992, in her home. She was born in Mexico, Mo., on Feb. 20, 1930, to David and Lola Hartegan. She was united in marriage to Franklin Sedlak Sept. 7, 1947. Their 45th wedding anniversary was this year. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She always saw the best in each person. Survivors include her husband, Frank; two daughters, Pat Scott, Dear Park, Texas, and Mary Jo Derrick and husband, Ollie, Nixa; a son, Kevin Sedlak and wife Lilly, Nixa; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; her mother, Lola Hartegan, Mexico, Mo.; a brother, Floyd Hartegan, Bossier City, La.; a sister, Peggy Adkisson, Centralia; and many special nieces, nephews and friends. There will be a memorial Mass held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Missouri Inc.


Sedlak, Frank 30 Jun 1926 - 9 Feb 1993 OH 17 Feb 1993

[Note: Son of Frank & Mary (  ) Sedlak; married 7 Sep 1947 Dorothy “Dot“ Hartegan 20 Feb 1930 – 25 Sep 1992]

Frank Sedlak, 66, Nixa, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1993 at Cox Medical Center. He was born June 30, 1926 in Sedalia, the son of Frank and Mary Sedlak. He married Dot Sedlak Sept. 7, 1947. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. with 39 years service. He was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a member of the American Legion Post 676, the Knights of Columbus, and also a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Ozark. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dot, and his father. Survivors include two daughters, Pat Scott, Houston, Texas, and Mary Jo Derrick, and son-in-law, Ollie, Nixa; one son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Lily, Nixa; nine grandchildren, David Derrick, Kelly Derrick, Julie Scott, Jennifer Scott, Gwynny Rippy, Chrystal Sedlak, Eva Smothers, Stephen Smothers, Frankie Smothers; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Derrick and Blake Derrick; his mother, Mary Sedlak, Sedalia; three sisters, Betty Ash, Greenwood, Ind., Rosie Hodges, Sedalia, and Joann Rouchka; nieces and nephews and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Missouri.


Seelig, Louise 1920 - 14 Jan 2006 SN-L 17 Jan 2006

[Note: married Lysle Seelig]

Louise Seelig, 85, beloved mother of Shannon Seelig Harrell, of Springfield, passed quietly away Saturday evening, January 14, at Ozark Riverview Manor in Ozark, Missouri, surrounded by the love of her family. Louise was born in Oklahoma on June 26, 1920. She was the wife of Lysle Seelig and mother of three children, including Shannon who lives in Springfield with her husband Scott, and Louise's two grandsons, Zachary and Sean. Louise was a longtime resident of Sherman, Texas, who moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 2003, where her daughter Shannon, along with the caregivers of Ozark Riverview Manor lovingly made her last two years very happy ones. All who knew her will remember Louise for her deep faith, her love for her family, and her great generosity to others. A large family who will miss her deeply survives her. Burial will be Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations in Louise's name may be made to Ozark Riverview Manor, 1200 W. Hall Street, Ozark, MO, 65725, or to the American Alzheimer's Association.


Seely, Bruce 1958 - 25 Nov 1978 OH 30 Nov 1978 p9

[Note: Son of Wayne & ? ( ) Seely; married Becky; no SSDI found]

FORDLAND - Services for Bruce Seely, 20, Fordland, were at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fordland High School gymnasium with the Revs. Howard Townan and Andy Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Fordland Cemetery under the direction of Marsh. Mr. Seely died at 5 p.m. Saturday in St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Springfield of burns suffered while working on a high voltage line Tuesday near the Logan-Rogersville School. He was a truck driver and a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Becky; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seely, Fordland; four brothers, Charles, Fordland, Robert, Denver, Jerry, Charrolton, Ga. and John, Salt Lake City, Utah; and five sisters, Mrs. Donna Reichert, Kansas City, Mrs. Janice Uchtman, Fordland, Mrs. Carol Smith, Verona, Mrs. Debra Brown, Poplar Bluff, and Miss Kathy Seely, Fordland.


Segars, Mary Frances (Melton) Rice Stewart 15 Sep 1931 – 23 Sep 1995  CCH-N 27 Sep 1995

[Note: Daughter of Ephraim & Pearl Mae (Jackson) Melton;married ? Rice; married Freddie Milo  Stewart;  married J.D. Segars]

Mary Frances Segars, 64, of Ozark, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 1995 in Cox Medical Center, South, Springfield. She was born Sept. 15, 1931 in Highlandville, and was the daughter of Ephraim and Pearl Mae Jackson Melton. Mrs. Segars managed area restaurants for many years.  Survivors include: her husband, J.D. Segars; five children, Rhonda Burns, Corinth, Mississippi, Allen Stewart, Hollister, Kevin Stewart, Ozark, Corey Grider, Selmer, Tennessee, and Robin Johnson, Ozark; fifteen grandchildren: five great grandchildren; three sisters, Lucy Sage, Grand Junction, Colorado, Flora Dublinski, and Nola DePaoli, both of Ozark; a brother, Gene Melton, Fair Grove; and a niece and nephew who were raised in the home, Eula Long, Willard, and Tommy Melton, Springfield. She was preceded in death by: her parents; a son, Darrell Rice; a daughter, Angela Gail Rice; three sisters, Ethel Carney, Jane Nybeck and Martha Brown; and two brothers, Jim and Claud Melton. Funeral services were Tuesday in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor Tommy Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in Spokane Cemetery.


Seigneur, Marcel 1917 - 16 Apr 1981 OH 23 Apr 1981 pB5

[Note: no SSDI found]

Services for Marcel Seigneur, 63, Springfield, father of Mrs. Janis Hopfer, Nixa, were held April 18 in Springfield, Mr. Seigneur died April 16 in St. John’s Hospital after a short illness.


Seitz, Theo May (Blakey) 8 Jun 1920 - 29 Mar 1996  CCH-N 3 Apr 1996

[Note: Daughter of Everett Marion & Bessie (Nash) Blakey; married 4 Jul 1938 Clyde Seitz 22 Jun 1907 - 13 Oct 1987]

Theo May Seitz, 75, Springfield, passed away at 7:35 p.m., Friday, March 29, 1996 in Columbia Hospital South. Theo was born June 8, 1920, in Protem, Missouri the daughter of Everett and Bessie Fletcher Blakey. She was married to Clyde Seitz on July 4, 1938. She was a homemaker. She loved to sew, cook and care for her family. She is preceded in death by: her husband, Clyde, in 1987; her father, one sister, and one brother. Survivors include: three sons, Darrell Seitz, Marionville, Eddie Seitz and his wife, Sandy, Mt. Vernon, Cheyenne Seitz and his wife, Robin, Springfield; five daughters, Shirley Seitz, Golden City, Mo., Thelia Deckard, Pleasant Hope, Mo. Judy James, Springfield, Connie Brymer, Marionville, and Polly Francis and her husband, Rick, Fredricktown, Mo.; her mother, Bessie Blakey, Ozark; four sisters, Evelyn Allen, Rogersville, Goldie Bauer, Sparta, Mary Ann Carsten, Springfield, and Agnes Williams, Urbana; two brothers, Delbert Blakey, Springfield, and Bobbie Blakey, Marionville; twenty-two grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 2, 1996 in Harris, a Heritage Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Rev. Hobo Applegate officiating. Burial followed in the Chadwick Memorial Cemetery.


Sekscinski, Jason “Jake” M. 22 Oct 1977 - 5 Jun 2004  SN-L 6 Jun 2004

[Note: Son of  Terry & Cindy (  ) Sekscinski; married Kristi Paynter d 15 Jan 2002]

Jason M. Sekscinski, 26, Aurora, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born October 22, 1977, in Springfield, Mo., he attended schools in Billings, Aurora, and graduated from Marionville High School. He was currently employed at Brundage-Bone Inc., Springfield, as a concrete pump truck operator. He was married to Kristi Paynter. She preceded him in death January 15, 2002. Jason was a beloved father, son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, and cousin, and a friend to many. One of his favorite pastimes was watching NASCAR racing with his two sons, Dakota and Nicolas. Other survivors include his father and stepmother, Terry and Cathy Sekscinski, Aurora; his mother and stepfather, Cindy and Dale Clayton, Billings; two brothers, Sean Sekscinski, Billings, and Dylan Sekscinski, Crane; four sisters, Ashley Sekscinski, Billings, Shelley Mooneyham and husband, Gary, Republic, Kortney Sekscinski, Crane, and Jordan Wilson, Aurora; grandparents, Charlene and Lynn High, Billings, and Velta Samsuel, Billings; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2004, with Rev. Dave Ellis officiating under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Billings. Please contact the funeral home at 732-2535, for location of service. Burial will follow in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 7, in Meadors Funeral Home, Billings. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Dakota and Nicolas Sekscinski Fund, in care of the First Independent Bank, Aurora.


Selby, Betty (Williams) 26 May 1899 - 22 Feb 1985 OH 28 Feb 1985 p9

[Note: married 20 Oct 1920 Earl Selby 5 Feb 1901 - 27 Nov 1963, son of Alva Rufus & Ollie (Medlin) Selby]

Services for Betty Selby, 85, Billings, were held Feb. 25 in Billings First Baptist Church with the Rev. Melvin Stapp officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Meadors. Mrs. Selby died Feb.. 22 in Ozark Nursing and Care after a long illness. A former resident of the Billings and Clever, She was a member of Billings First Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Earl, Jr., West Logan, W. Va.; four daughters, Helen Loren, St. Louis, Maxine Evans, Inglewood, Calif., Roxie, Dearmore, Zaire, Africa, and Dorothy Ricker, Wheatland, Wyo,; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Selby, Richard Blain 21 Feb 1934 - 2 Nov 2011 SN-L 4 Nov 2011

[Note: Son of Bert & Evelyn (Shepherdson) Selby; no SSDI found]

            Richard Blain Selby, 77, Nixa. Arrangements: Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home.


Selby, Richard Blain 21 Feb 1934 - 2 Nov 2011 Lawrence County Record

            Richard Blain Selby, age 77, of Nixa, Missouri, passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was born February 21, 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Bert and Evelyn (Shepherdson) Selby. He was a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy veteran and worked on oil rigs as a mechanic and later as a supervisor for an energy generation plant. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Corrine Smith and her husband, Louis and his granddaughter, Ciara, all of Crane. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death. A graveside service with full military honors, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Aurora in care of the funeral home.


Selk, Leta Bell (Pope) DeMonbrun 30 May 1919 - 10 Sep 2007 SN-L 13 Sep 2007

[Note: Daughter of David Clarence & Myrtle Elizabeth (Davis) Pope; married W. M. DeMonbrun; married Obert J. Selk]

Leta B. Selk, age 88, Nixa, passed away peacefully at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, on September 10, 2007. Leta was born on May 30, 1919, in Clever, Missouri, to David Clarence and Myrtle Elizabeth Pope. She attended local schools in the Clever area. Leta moved to Southern California in the early 1940s, where she worked as a welder in the shipyards during World War II, then moving on to work for North American Aviation in Downey, California, where she retired from. Her love of Clever, Missouri, brought her and her husband back in the late 1970s. Leta was preceded in death by her husband, Obert J. Selk; and is survived by her children, Michael DeMonbrun (Dianne) of California, Jana Selk (Mike) of Arizona, and James Selk (Tony) of Oregon; grandchildren, Jammie, Karrie, Shara, Kayleen and Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Alec and Alexis; sister, Jackie Little (Gerald) of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. Leta saw the potential in everyone, loved family and friends and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2007, at Meadors Funeral Home, Clever, with Rev. Mary Ann Morris officiating. Online condolences may be made at


Selkirk, Leann Alisa (Wood) 2 Jul 1980 - 30 Apr 2007 SN-L 3 May 2007 & SN-L 4 May 2007

[Note: Daughter of Mark & Linda (Baker) Wood; married Alex Selkirk]

LeAnn Alisa Selkirk, formerly LeAnn Alisa Wood, born on July 2, 1980, passed away on April 30, 2007. LeAnn has been an elementary school teacher with Anna School System in Texas for 3 years. She loved teaching and loved her students. LeAnn and Alex were very excited about expecting their first child in October. LeAnn is survived by her husband, Alexander of McKinney, Texas; LeAnn's father, Mark Wood and his wife, Veronica, of Springfield, Mo.; her mother, Linda Mitchell and her husband, Jim, of Quincy, Ill.; maternal grandmother, Melba Baker of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Lisa Waterman and husband, Lon, of Springfield, Mo.; her brother, Braxton Wood of Springfield, Mo.; special nieces and nephews, Corey, Emily and Parker; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Judy and Tom Selkirk, of Greenwood, Ark.; sister-in-law, Scarlet Selkirk of Fort Smith, Ark.; as well as extended family and many friends. Visitation was held in James River Assembly of God in Ozark, Mo., Thursday, May 3, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the church today, May 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Joe K. Bryant Elementary in Anna, Texas, May 10, 2007, at 6 p.m. A strong desire of LeAnn's was to have a new computer lab at Anna School District. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Texas Star Bank, 402 W. White Street, Anna, TX 75409 (972) 924-5626.



Sell, Linda R. (Finger) 29 Dec 1913 - 26 Jan 2008 SN-L 28 Jan 2008

[Note: Daughter of Joe & O'Tillie  (  ) Finger; married Robert Sell]

Linda R. Sell, 94, died Saturday, January 26, 2008, in the home of her son, Bob Sell, in Forsyth. Born December 29, 1913, in Douglas County, Mo., she graduated from Ava High School and married Robert R. Sell in 1933. She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and O'Tillie Finger of Squires; husband Robert Sell; daughter Janet Haswell of Nixa, and a brother, John Finger of Tipton. She is survived by her son, Bob Sell and his wife, Violet of Forsyth; son-in-law Robert Haswell and wife Susan of Nixa; six grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; three sisters, Isabel Bolin of Lebanon, Flossie Stephen of Tipton, and Hope Butler of Memphis, Tenn.; sister-in-law Dee Finger of Tipton, Mo., and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the direction of Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Ltd., 2001 W. Walnut Lawn St. Springfield, MO 65807, where the family will recieve friends from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2008. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Maple Park Cemetery. An online memorial may be signed at www.walnu In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Campbell United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1747 E. Republic Rd, Springfield, MO 65804, or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1111, Forsyth, MO 65653.


Sell, John J. 1950 - 27 Jan 2008 SN-L 30 Jan 2008

John J. Sell, 57, Nixa, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008, in his home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2008, in the Fraker Funeral Home, Marshfield. Interment will follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time in the funeral home.


Sell, John J. 1950 - 27 Jan 2008 CCH-N 30 Jan 2008

Nixa woman charged in shooting death

By: Chris J. Cluck, CCH staff writer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Nixa woman is accused of shooting a man to death in her home Jan. 27 after initially calling 911 to report his death as an accidental shooting.  Kelly Sue Pardue, 44, is being held in the Christian County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to a complaint filed by Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek's office. Police dispatchers received a call at 1:06 p.m., Jan. 27, that stated a man had accidentally shot himself at 307 S. Texas, Nixa. After arriving, they found Jon Sell, 57, dead as a result from a gunshot wound to the chest. "There were no other weapons within reach of the body, which could have caused the injuries to the victim," an affidavit filed with a search warrant filed by officer Jon Huff said. "The 911 caller indicated that (Sell) died by accident while cleaning a gun...the witness stated she just heard a shot from the bedroom. A gun cleaning kit was found in the living room while the body was located in the bedroom." Pardue told officers that she found Sell "lying on his back beside the bed" in the bedroom after hearing a gunshot, according to the probable cause statement filed by Huff. She said they had a disagreement before he went into the bedroom alone, the complaint said. A single-shot shotgun was found approximately 6 feet from Sell's body and underneath the bed, Huff said. The gun cleaning kit was located in the living room, approximately 33 feet from Sell's body. "Based on the position of the body and location of the weapon, it did not appear that Sell could have fired the weapon," Huff said. Huff also said a blood stain pattern analysis was performed and concluded the shooting was not accidental or suicide. Pardue never admitted to killing Sell, Huff said. "Based on evidence and Pardue's statement," Huff said, "it would not have been possible for Sell to have shot himself." Nixa police were very familiar with Pardue and Sell, after receiving seven disturbances calls from one or both in the past six months, Huff said. He also said Pardue had an active order of protection against Sell at the time of the murder. A preliminary autopsy was performed Jan. 28, but Nixa Police have not released the results. If convicted, Pardue could receive from 10 to 30 years or life in prison for both charges.

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Sell, John Patrick  1950 - 27 Jan 2008 CCH-N 12 Mar 2008
MURDER (cont. from page 1A) By Amelia Wigton
Pardue and Sell, a swab of the trigger of the shotgun as well as a DNA swab of Pardue - will be a big factor when the case goes to trial.
During the hearing, Pardue, dressed in gray striped jumpsuit, bright orange shoes and handcuffs, sat with her head down refusing to look at Judge Waters when he ruled there was enough evidence to substantiate the charges.
Prosecutor Ron Cleek brought the first witness to the stand - Sell’s half-brother, Douglas Gregory Rainwater - to identify the victim. The remaining four state witnesses focused on evidence that Cleek said proved the shooting, which occurred in Sell’s Nixa home at 307 S. Texas St., was murder.
Cleek called Nixa Police Officer Frank Donohue, one of the first officers responding to Pardue’s 911 call when she claimed Sell accidentally shot himself while cleaning a gun.
“We found a body laying on its back with a gunshot wound to its chest,” Donohue said, “The weapon was located on the other side of the bed - the opposite side of where the body was located.”
On cross examination, public defender Paul Duchscherer quizzed Donohue on the details of the scene asking him when and from where he was dispatched, about Pardue’s demeanor and her clothing, whether he checked the victim for a pulse and about the temperature inside and outside the home.
Donohue answered that he was on patrol when dispatched and that Pardue was wearing a bathrobe when he arrived on the scene.
“She was upset, but I don’t remember her crying or not,” Donohue said.
The officer said he didn’t notice blood on Pardue and that he did not check Sell’s body for a pulse. He said the temperature wasn’t bitter cold, but the house was heated, he said.
Cleek objected to the question saying it was turning into a “fishing expedition instead of a preliminary hearing.” Waters overruled the objection.
Cleek then called Nixa Police Detective John Huff, asking him to describe the layout of the house, the distance between the weapon and the body as well as the distance between the body and the gun cleaning kit.
“We measured from the elbow to the trigger, which was 6 foot 8 inches.” Huff said. “(Pardue) had called 911 and said he was cleaning his guns. (The cleaning kit) was about 33 feet from where he was found.”
During cross examination, Duchscherer asked Huff similar questions as he did of Donohue. He also asked if Huff had checked for fingerprints on the gun.
“No,” Huff said, “Because they both lived in the house.”
Duchscherer also asked Huff if fingerprints were taken two other times during the testimony.
“No,” he said, “Because he owns the gun and she’s admitted to touching the gun. So both fingerprints would be on there.”
Gunshot residue tests were also performed on Pardue and Sell. However, Huff said he had not yet received those results.
Duchscherer then asked Huff about things written in the probable cause statement including the shower, which Huff claims had been “recently used” because there was a lot of water on the curtain. Huff also said there was a yellow exfoliator in the shower that appeared to have a red substance on it. The exfoliator had also been sent to the lab.
Duchscherer asked what was under the bed. Huff said a baseball, a fish scale and some electrical cords.
“(Sell’s) arms couldn’t have pushed it under the bed?” Duchscherer asked.
“No,” Huff replied. “It would have hit the baseball or the scale. . . Nothing was disturbed.”
On re-direct, Cleek asked if GSR tests were always accurate.
“No,” Huff said, “Every weapon is different. The amount of powder in a weapon is different. Gun shot residue is removable. You can even wipe it off on your pants.”
Huff said Sgt. Dan Nash with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, took a swab sample from Pardue. Results are pending.
Nash, a certified crime scene reconstructionist, was the next state witness.
He said he noticed a high-velocity blood stain pattern as well as bone and skin tissues, on the ground, on the bed skirt and on the mattress no higher than 18 inches.
“Based upon that and once we moved the body, I noticed a void, a ghosting effect, on the carpet, that told me the victim was kneeling or sitting when shot,” Nash said.
Cleek asked Nash, based on his training, if he could tell if this was a homicide or suicide.
“Yes - a homicide,” Nash said.
Nash said he looked into the possibility of the gunshot being the result of an accident or an intruder but ruled those out.
He said “there’s no way” Sell could have been holding the weapon because there was no blowback effect - high-velocity spatter found on or inside the gun barrel.
“It was my determination that the defendant shot the weapon then hid it on the other side of the room and set out the cleaning kit,” he said.
During cross, Duchscherer asked about the entry would, which Nash said was determined was made less than 8 inches from Sell’s body, but not a contact wound. When asked if the contents under the bed could have pointed to an accidental shooting. Nash said no.
“I used 13 different criteria for why I ruled out accidental shooting,” he said.
He continued saying that if the weapon had been fired under the bed, there would have been high-velocity spatters on the inside of the bed skirt as well as small projectiles from the shot gun under the bed.
“If the tip of the barrel had been outside of the bed skirt, would you find that?,” Duchscherer asked.
“No,” Nash said.
The final state witness, Dr. Keith Norton, chief forensic pathologist with Southwest Missouri Forensics. Described the entry and exit wounds and said the wound was consistent with a close-proximity gunshot.
When asked if he could tell if a gunshot would proved to be from a suicide or homicide, Norton said, “I can’t tell from the findings of the autopsy.”
In cross-examination, Duchscherer asked, based on the would, how long before death and whether the victim would have control of his limbs.
Norton said it takes about 10 to 20 seconds after blood flow stops going to the head for death, “During that time, he said, “theoretically, yes, he could have control of his limbs.”
Norton also said that when someone dies, the lack of oxygen can cause seizures. Although there was no evidence that Sells had an after-death seizure, Norton did say Sell’s body could spasm.
Waters set Pardue’s arraignment for 10 a.m. April 4. Pardue’s bond remains at $250,000 and she remains in the Christian County jail.
Sell, John Patrick  1950 - 27 Jan 2008 CCH-N 12 Mar 2008
By Amelia Wigton Headliner News
Sell’s Family Speaks Out
“It was hard to listen to,” Ann Davis said, “You see it on TV but you just never think you’ll be there.”
Davis, of Fair Play, is talking about hearing details on the death of her brother, Nixa resident, John Sell.
Many of Sell’s family and friends attended the march 6 preliminary hearing in Christian County Associate Court of Kelly Pardue - the Nixa woman charged in Sell’s Jan. 27 death.
Sell’s son, John Patrick Sell, of Kansas City, said the details were very hard to hear.
“I knew about the shotgun would, but I didn’t know about the extent of what happened,” he said.
Family members say they are relieved to see the case is going to trial.
“I was happy with the outcome that it’s going to trial,” John Patrick Sell said, “I was watching Miss Pardue thought the whole trial and I saw her smiling like she wasn’t giving (it) a second thought. I do believe in karma, an I just hope the judge gives a fair verdict.”
Davis said his brother was “trying to get his life back on track,” when it was cut short.
“I feel like he really worked hard to get his life back together,” she said. “He became a Mason and Shriner. He was taken into the electrical union and was a certified electrician.”
Friends Ed Mullen and Pam Tranbarger, Nixa residents, remember Sell as a caring man., In fact, the week before his death, Sell - who they said everyone called Grumpy - had been caring for their animals while they were out of town.
“He was real friendly. Everybody loved him,” Mullen said. “He was a caring man, very caring.”
John Patrick Sell said he wasn’t as close as he would have like to his father, but that doesn’t make his death any easier.
“My father and I weren’t that close, but I understood the choices he made and I always thought of him and loved him,” he said. “All our family is devastated. We may have had our differences, but we loved him”
It appeared that none of Pardue’s family or friends attended the hearing.


Sellars, Donald Barry 1 Feb 1913 - 15 Feb 1952  CCR 21 Feb 1952

[Note: Son of John Thomas & Dora Rmedia (Ghan) Sellars; married Ada Snodgrass]

Word has been received of the death of Donald B. Sellars, 39, formerly of Greene and Stone counties, last Friday in Portland, OR, following a heart attack. He attended Senior high school in Springfield and later moved to Oakland, CA, where he was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Sellars was employed by the government as a construction worker and was located in Guam and Okinawa. He was due to leave soon from Portland for French Morocco on a construction job. He is survived by a son, Honnie and a daughter, Miss Donna Sellars both of Oakland; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sellars of route 1, Clever; two brothers, Melford Sellars of Rockford, IL., and Hobert Sellars of route 1, Clever; two sisters, Mrs. Charley Cox and Mrs. Roy Middleton, both of route 1, Clever. Services will be under the direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Clever.


Sellars, Dora Rmedia (Ghan) 2 Sep 1884 - 25 Dec 1980 OH 1 Jan 1981

[Note: Daughter of  James Allan & Rebecca Jane (Pearce) Ghan; married 28 Dec 1900 John Thomas Sellars 17 Sep 1882 - 18 Oct 1957]

Services for Mrs. Dora Sellars, 96, Nixa, were held Saturday in Harris Chapel, Nixa with the Rev. Hosea Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery, west of Nixa. Mrs. Sellars died Dec. 26 in Springfield Nursing Home where she had been a resident since 1977. A longtime resident of Boaz and Nixa, she was a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church west of Nixa. Survivors include two sons, Milford and Hobart, both of Nixa; two daughters, Mrs. Cleva Cox and Mrs. Elma Middleton, both of Nixa; two grandchildren who were reared in the home, Mrs. Kathleen Frazier, Clever and Mrs. Margie Agan, Nixa; four other grandchildren’ 23 great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren


Sellars, Dorothy Mae (Nelson) Norder Hoshor 12 Mar 1915 - 9 Jul 1990 NN-E 12 Jul 1990

[Note: married ? Norder; married ? Hoshor; married 26 Jul 1952 Milford Roy Sellars 20 May 1906 - 15 Dec 1987]

Dorothy Mae Sellars, 75, Nixa, died late Monday night, July 9, 1990, at Springfield Community Hospital. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Loves Park, Ill., and was a member of Ozark Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melford Sellars, and a granddaughter, Penny. Survivors include one son, Ted Norder, and his wife, Gloria, Jamesville, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Margie Eagan, and her husband, Harold, Nixa, and Kathleen Frazier and her husband, J.L., Clever; a brother, George Nelson, and his wife, Shirley, Beloit, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Delaware Cemetery, today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dick Cerretti officiating. Visitation was from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Colonial Chapel, 205 North Main, Nixa. Arrangements are under the direction of Harris Colonial Chapel.


Sellars, Emma Monte (Harold) 1886 -  17 May 1970  CCR 21 May 1970 p8

[Note: married Rob Sellars]

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma M. Sellars, 83, of Richland, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Moss-Williams Chapel, Richland with the Rev. Ralph Zumwalt officiating. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery near Richland. Mrs. Sellars died at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Lebanon Rest Home after a long illness. A member of the Methodist Church, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Irene Coyne of Ozark, Mrs. Neva Becker, Richland, and Mrs. Mildred Starnes, Bogard; three brothers, two sisters, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.


Sellars, Helen Jean “Sally“ (Masteller) 1 Jan 1922 - 10 Jul 2005 SN-L 12 Jul 2005

[Note: Daughter of Emory Leonard & Artie Mae (Stiffler )Masteller; married 14 Jun 1947 John Russell Sellars]

She loved the flag, the scent of carnations, the taste of peppermints, the legend of King Arthur, the song of birds, the epic beauty of the southwest, swing music, swimming, a good mystery to read...she remembered these things and so many others, when her memory returned and she left us here on Sunday, July 10, 2005. Helen Jean Masteller was born on January 1, 1922, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Artie Mae Stiffler and Emory Leonard Masteller, who nicknamed her "Sally". After her father died, the family Artie, Sally, and young brother Jim moved from Chicago, Ill., to rural Christian County, Mo., where initially dubbed "city kids", Sally and Jim were soon accepted as part of a fun-loving group of friends including many of their cousins. Sally graduated from Nixa High School, where she loved poetry and excelled in basketball. She married John Russell Sellars on June 14, 1947, in Nixa Christian Church. As newlyweds, they lived in Branson, later moving to Springfield where they raised four children. Sally was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a PTA president, a home room mother, a Little League Mom and a dangerous early morning pajama clad wheel woman in a tomato soup colored station wagon with fins. After her youngest went to Junior High School, Sally returned to the working world, first as a clerk at the Kickapoo Farm Store, then as an accountant with James A. Van Camp and H & R Block, retiring reluctantly in the early 90's after over a decade as office manager of Owen Contracting. She was a member and friend of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Jim; her infant sister, Frances Nell; as well as many other beloved family members and friends. She is survived by her children: John Emory and wife, Jane; Jean Marie; Jim David; and Jo Frances and her husband, Jim Johnston; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; her sister-in-law, Ida Masteller; her niece and nephew; her great-nephews and their families; her cousins; her friends near and far including her "favorite child", Iris Treadway Hardison, Iris' husband Steve, and family; as well as her faithful friend, Marge Daniel. She also leaves behind loving friends who cared for her compassionately at Christian Healthcare West. A graveside service, with the Reverend Julie Mercer-Kidd of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church presiding, and special readings by Covenant's Pastor, the Reverend Ward Rudolph, will be held in National Cemetery, Springfield, Mo., at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, under the direction of Gorman Scharpf Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked those who mourn to cherish their memories. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1500 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804.


Sellars, Hobert B. 31 Oct 1915 - 28 Jan 1981 OH 5 Feb 1981 pB4

[Note: Son of  John Thomas & Dora Rmedia (Ghan) Sellars; married   30 Sep 1935  Stepha Sue Crumpley 4 Dec 1917 - 3 Jun 1972; married  15 Sep 1960  Revilla June m/1 Atkinson 12 Sep 1919 - 11 Jun 1986 ]

Services for Hobert B. Sellars, 65, Nixa, were held Jan. 31, in Harris Chapel at Nixa, with the Rev. Hosea Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery, west of Nixa. Mr. Sellars died Jan. 28 in the Missouri State Chest Hospital, Mount Vernon, after a long illness. He had been an employee of Wilson, Co., in Nixa and Del Monte Co. in California. He was a member of Friend Lodge 351 at Ozark, the Scottish Rite of Joplin and Jamesville Baptist Church . Survivors include his wife, June; two stepsons, Drexel Atkisson, Everton and Larry Atkisson of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Cleva Cox and Mrs. Elma Middleton, both of Nixa; a brother, Milford, Nixa; and three grandchildren. Friend Lodge conducted Masonic Rites Jan. 30 in the Chapel.


Sellars, Hollie Emaline (Gibson) 3 Feb 1862 - 4 Feb 1940 CCR 8 Feb 1940 p7

[Note: Daughter of Berry & Sarah Ann (Young) Gibson; married Mayberry R. Sellars 11 Apr 1850 - 17 Sep 1924]

Funeral services for Mrs. Hollie E. Sellars, 78, who died at her home near Nixa Sunday night, were held at 1 pm Tuesday at Delaware Chapel, conducted by Rev. R. C. Harding, with burial in the Delaware cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Gertie Slay and Mrs. Annie Curbow of Nixa, Mrs. Ella Herndon of Ohio, and two sons, Bob Sellars of Marionville, and John Sellars of Springfield; also by one sister, Mrs. Sue Cantrell of Aurora, MO.


Sellars, Hollie E. (Gibson) 3 Feb 1862 - 4 Feb 1940 CCR 15 Feb 1940 p3

Mrs. Hollie E. Gibson Sellars was born in Christian county, MO, Feb. 3, 1862, and departed this life at her home near Nixa, on Route 1, Sunday night, Feb. 4, 1940, having attained the age of 77 years and one day. She was married to Mayberry Sellars and to this union were born five children: three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Gerta Slay and Mrs. Annie Curbow of Nixa, Route 1, Mrs. Ella Herndon of Ohio, Bob Sellars of Marionville, and John Sellars of Springfield and one sister, Mrs. Sude Cantrell of Aurora. Mr. Sellars preceded her in death, September 17, 1924. Besides the children and sister she is survived by 31 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at 1 pm Tuesday at the Delaware Chapel with burial there under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.


Sellars, John Thomas 17 Sept 1882 - 19 Oct 1957 CCR 31 Oct 1957 p4

[Note: Son of Mayberry R. & Hollie Emaline (Gibson) Sellars; married 28 Dec 1900 Dora Rmedia Ghan 2 Sep 1884 - 25 Dec 1980]

John Thomas Sellars was born September 17, 1882 in Christian County, Mo., the son of Mayberry and Emaline Gibson Sellars.  On December 29, 1900 he was united in marriage to Dora Ghan and to this union three sons and two daughters were born. One of the sons, Donald, passed away in 1952 at the age of 39 years. Mr. Sellars worked with the Frisco Railroad 27 years, having retired in 1948. He was a past member of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Nixa. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dora Sellars of the home at Nixa; two sons, Melford Sellars of Rockford, Ill., and Hobart Sellars of Springfield; two daughters, Mrs. Charley Cox and Mrs. Roy Middleton of Nixa; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Keithley of Nixa and Mrs. Gertie Slay of Springfield. Funeral services were held October 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Delaware Chapel with the Rev. Roscoe Harding officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery under direction of Harris Funeral Home of Nixa.


Sellars, Mayberry R. 11 Apr 1850 - 17 Sep 1924 CCR 26 Sep 1924 p1

[Note: Son of John & Salina (Ray) Sellars; married Hollie Emaline Gibson 3 Feb 1862 - 4 Feb 1940]

Mayberry Sellars, aged about 74 years died at his home near the Lone Hill school house west of Nixa, September 17th. Funeral services in charge of the Nixa I.O.O.F. were held September 19th with burial under direction of T. B. Chaffin of the Ozark Undertaking Co. in the Delaware Cemetery.


Sellars, Milford Roy 20 May 1906 - 15 Dec 1987  OH 24 Dec 1987

[Note: Son of  John Thomas & Dora Rmedia (Ghan) Sellars; married first  Oneda Graves; married second  Dorothy  M. Hoshor 12 Mar 1915 - 9 Jul 1990]

Milford R. Sellars, 81, formerly of Nixa, died Dec. 15 at 1:50 p.m. at Primrose Place, Springfield. Services were held Friday, Dec. 18, in the Harris Chapel, Nixa, with the Rev. Richard Cerretti officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery, near Nixa. Mr. Sellars was a retired pipefitter with Frisco shops both in St. Louis and Springfield for several years. A member and past master of Loves Park, Illinois, Masonic Lodge No. 1145, he was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Ozark. Mr. Sellars was an Army veteran of World War II, and had been employed by Borg Warner in Rockford, Illinois, from 1949 to 1971. His survivors include his wife, Dorothy, a resident of Primrose Place, two daughters, Kathleen Frazier, Clever, and Margie Eagan; Nixa; a stepson, Ted. Norder, Beloit, Wisconsin; two sisters, Cleva Cox and Elma Middleton, both of Nixa; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a step great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Sellars, Revilla June (  ) Atkisson 12 Sep 1919 - 11 Jun 1986  OH 19 Jun 1986 p4

[Note: married ? Atkisson; married 15 Sep 1960 Hobert B. Sellars 31 Oct 1915 - 28 Jan 1981]

Services for Revilla June Sellars, 66, Nixa, were held June 13 in Harris Chapel, Nixa with the Rev. Hosea Bilyeu officiating. Burial was in Delaware Cemetery. Mrs. Sellars died of natural causes June 11 in her home. A native of Parsons, Kan., she lived most of her life in Aurora, She was a retired LPN and moved to Nixa in 1977. Survivors include two sons, Drexel Atkisson, Everton and Larry Atkisson, Galena; one sister, Roberta White, Mt. Vernon, and three grandchildren.


Sellars, Robert Harrison 1890 - 2 Jan 1966   CCR 6 Jan 1966 p3

[Note: married Monte Harold; married Emma; no SSDI found ]

Funeral services for Robert Harrison Sellars, 75, Richland, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Richland Methodist Church with the Rev. Vigil Manes and the Rev. Allen Finley officiating. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery near Richland under direction of Moss-Williams. Mr. Sellars, who died at 6 p.m. Sunday in Wallace Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, is survived by his wife, Emma; three  daughters, Mrs. Irene Coyle, Ozark, Mrs Neva Becker, Crocker, and Mrs. Mildred Starnes, Bogard; a sister, Mrs. Lotta Traw, Richland; a brother, Jim., address unknown; right grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.


Sellers, Mary Margaret (Pile) 11 Dec 1917 - 24 Aug 1957   CCR 29 Aug 1957 p1

[Note: Daughter of John Monroe & Berta Mae (Hartley) Pile; married Shelly Eugene “Gene” Sellers, Jr. 10 May 1917 - 16 Aug 2006]

Mrs. S. E. “Gene” Sellers, 39 of Ozark died suddenly Saturday morning at St. Johns hospital, Springfield where she had been a patient about six hours. Attending physicians diagnosed her illness as a brain hemorrhage. The former Mary Margaret Pile, Mrs. Sellers was a graduate of Ozark High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education at Southwest Missouri State College. After several years as a first grade teacher in the Ozark school system, she was employed as a visitor by the Christian County Social Security office and made many acquaintances throughout Christian County Church. Mary Margaret Pile was born December 11, 1917 at Wellington, Kansas, one of twin daughters to bless the home of John M. and Bertha Mae Pile. She departed this life on Saturday, August 24 at 5:20 a.m. at St. John’s hospital, Springfield, Mo following a brief illness.  She moved to Ozark in November, 1926 with her family and had been a resident of Ozark since that time, Her father, John M. Pile, preceded her in death on August 7, 1938. Survivors include her husband, Shelly E. Sellers of Ozark, her mother Mrs. Berta Mae Pile of Ozark, a brother, John L. Pile of Ozark, a twin sister, Mrs. Tillie Dell Berti of Seymour, Mo, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Roberta Pile of Ozark and Miss Mary Margaret Sellers of Springdale, Ark; and two nieces, Mrs. Warren W. Pickett of Oneonta, N. Y. and Miss Connie Pile of Ozark. Aunt Mary’s outstanding characteristic was her unswerving love and devotion to her husband, her home and her family. Her memory will be forever cherished in the hearts of those who knew her best. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 26, at the Chaffin Funeral Chapel in Ozark, with Rev. Bill Broadhurst officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Ozark Cemetery under direction of Chaffin.


Sellers, Michael Shawn Jul 1973 - Nov 1973  OH 6 Dec 1973 p12

[Note: Son of Larry J. & ? (Jones) Sellers]

Nixa - Graveside services for 4-month-old Michael Shawn Sellers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Sellers, of Nixa, were at 2 p.m. in the Cuba Cemetery near Grove Spring. Bill Pringle officiated. Arrangements were under direction of Holman of Lebanon. The infant was dead on arrival at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, at 9 p.m. Thursday after a sudden illness. Surviving in addition to the parents are a half-sister, Lynette Ann of Bolivar; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hermie Jones, Grove Spring, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sellers, Humansville.


Sellers, Shelly Eugene "Gene",  Jr. 10 May 1917 - 16 Aug 2006 SN-L 20 Aug 2006 & SN-L 21 Aug 2006

[Note: Son of Shelly & Mary (Newbold) Sellers; married Mary Margaret Pile 11 Dec 1917 - 24 Aug 1957; married 12 Sep 1959 Doris Chilton]

Shelly E. "Gene" Sellers, Jr., son of Shelly and Mary (Newbold) Sellers, was born on May 10, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan, and passed away on August 16, 2006, in Springfield. Gene served as a United States Army Technical Sergeant, 6th Division 20th Infantry, during World War II, in the Pacific Theater. His men referred to their Sergeant Major as "Gunder Haag" due to his fast marching style. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy on Luzon, Philippine Islands. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. On September 12, 1959, he was united in marriage with Doris Chilton and to this union two sons were born. Gene was a longtime resident of Nixa and Ozark. Active in the community, he was instrumental in the establishment of Little League in Nixa, Missouri, acting as its first President. He was a member of the Nixa Optimist Club, receiving "Optimist of the Year" in 1994. He was also a 50 year member of the Friend Lodge #352, and a member of the Abou Ben Adhem Temple. After forty-one years of service, he retired from Southeran Supply Company. During his free time he enjoyed woodworking and general handyman duties. For 47 years, he has been an active member of the First Baptist Church of Nixa. He is survived by his wife, Doris, of the home; two sons, Shelly Sellers and his wife, Jerri, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Greg Sellers of Dallas, Texas; and four grandchildren, Alexandra, Chase, Caitlin and William. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill, and one sister, Mary. Funeral, followed by Masonic services, will be held at 10 a.m. today, August 21, 2006, in the chapel of Thieme-Shadel Funeral Service at Rivermonte. Graveside services with military honors will follow in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. In his honor, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63131-3597; or to the Friend Lodge, # 352, and may be left with the funeral home. Online personal condolences may be made at


Sellman, Ernestine 26 Apr 1917 - 7 Dec 1972 OH 14 Dec 1972 p4

[Note: married Curtis Sellman]

ROGERSVILLE - Mrs. Ernestine Sellman, 55, of Route 1, Rogersville, died at noon Thursday in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after a long illness. She had been employed the last 13 years by KGBX radio station, Springfield. Mrs. Sellman was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband, Curtis and three sisters, Mrs. Tina Bryan, Route 1, Rogersville, Mrs. Marjorie Filbeck, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mrs. Jeanie Belle Hughes, San Landra, Calif. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Marsh Chapel, Rogersville, with Bruce Veteto officiating. Committal services were at 11 a.m. Monday at the Springfield National Cemetery.


Selvidge, Earl Fulton 16 Apr 1904 - 7 Sep 1993 OH 15 Sep 1993

[Note: Son of William & Mary (Metcalf) Selvidge; married 1951 Nora Ethel Wright 25 Jan 1923 -22 Oct 2002 m/1 Hollon]

Earl Fulton Selvidge, 89, Rueter, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1993 in Ozark Nursing and Care Center, Ozark. He was born April 16, 1904 at Crossroads, the son of William and Mary Metcalf Selvidge. He lived most of his life in Douglas and Taney counties. In 1951 he was united in marriage to Nora Ethel Wright. Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers; and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; two sons, Keith Selvidge, Ozark, and Kenneth Selvidge, Mountain Home, Ark.; a daughter, Melba Jean Holmes, Branson; a sister, Bertha Williams, Hollister; three stepchildren, Earl Hollon, Carterville, Betty Reinwald, St. Charles, and Barbara Martin, Springfield; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday, Sept. 9 in Fairview Church near Rueter. Burial was in Blair Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Selvidge, Nora Ethel (Wright) Hollon 25 Jan 1923 - 22 Oct 2002  CCH-N 30 Oct 2002

[Note: Daughter of William & Mary Jane (Jennings) Wright; married Oran Hollon; married 1951 Earl Fulton Selvidge 16 Apr 1904 - 7 Sep 1993]

Nora Ethel Selvidge, age 79, of Ozark, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 in Ozark Riverview Manor. She was born January 25, 1923 in Rueter, Missouri, the daughter of William and Mary Jane (Jennings) Wright. Mrs. Selvidge worked for several years at Hagale Garment Factory in Forsyth, and also at Forsyth and Mark Twain Schools. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oran Hollon, and her second husband, Earl Selvidge. Survivors include: Five children, Oran Earl Hollon, Jr. and his wife Sue, Carterville, Betty Jean Rienwald and her husband Lyndon, Lake Suzy, Florida, Barbara Ann Martin, Springfield, Kenneth Lee Selvidge and his wife Diane, Mt. Home, Arkansas, Keith Selvidge and his wife Karen, Ozark; a stepdaughter, Melba Jean Holmes, Branson; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a sister, Goldie Smith, Bradleyville; nieces and nephews. Mrs. Selvidge's family would like to extend a special thank you to the employees of Riverview Manor for the loving care she received over the past year and a half. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 26, at 1:00 PM. in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor David Holvick officiating. Burial followed in Blair Cemetery, Rueter.


Selvin, Denver “Tom” 22 Aug 1913 - 10 Jan 1984 OH 19 Jan 1984 p5

Services for Denver “Tom” Selvin, 70, Nixa, were held Jan. 14 in Greenlawn North Chapel. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Selvin died Jan. 10 in Hillhaven Convalescent Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Sue Long, Hartshorne, Okla., and Sherry Allinger, Evergreen, Colo.; one son, Steven Thomas, Lakewood, Col.; and one brother, Joe, Memphis, Tenn.


Sexton, Dixie Rose (Henshaw) 28 Feb 1918 - 16 Nov 1985 OH 21 Nov 1985 p8

[Note: married 16 Nov 1940 Hershel Eulas Hudspeth Sexton 31 May 1911 - 16 Nov 1985]

Services for Dixie Rose Sexton, 67, Cape Fair, were held Nov, 20 in a double service with her husband at the Miller Christian Church with brothers Allen Phipps and Kalvin St. Clair in charge. Burial was in Webb Cemetery, southwest of Miller. Mrs. Sexton died Nov 16 of an apparent heart attack at her lake home at Cape Fair. She was an employee in the Lawrence County Court House for approximately 30 years, and a member of the Miller Christian Church. Survivors include one son, Terry, Ozark; one stepson, Dwayne Sexton, Madras, Ore.; one daughter, Tacy Woodrow, Sarcoxie; one foster daughter, Beatrice Van Dietch, Miami, Okla; one sister, Dorothy Robertson, Mt. Vernon; her stepmother, Fern Henshaw, Mt. Vernon; three stepsisters, Ruby West, Miller, Alta Choate, Mt. Vernon, and Pansy Bingham, also of Mt. Vernon; one granddaughter; and four step-grandchildren. Mr. Vernon preceded his wife in death Nov. 16, the couple’s 45th wedding anniversary.


Sexton, Dixie Rose (Hinshaw) 28 Feb 1918 - 16 Nov 1985  OH 28 Nov 1985 pB13


Sexton, Hershal E. 31 May 1911 - 16 Nov 1985 OH 28 Nov 1985 pB13

Card of Thanks

To the many friends and our families who showed their love and concern for us in the loss of our loved ones, we are grateful. Every gift of flowers, food, money for their memorial, the beautiful service so fitting for them, cards, letters, calls and prayers have helped ease the pain of the shock we are suffering, Just when we need them most, good friends are always near. Just when we need them most, comforting words we hear.  The family of Dixie and Herschel Sexton.


Sexton, Dorothy May (Ravencamp) Hardison 9 May 1915 - 21 Aug 2009 SN-L 23 Aug 2009 & CCH-N 26 Aug 2009

[Note: Daughter of Francis & Mary A. (Menotti) Ravencamp; married 30 Oct 1954 Earl Sexton d 1999]

Mrs. Dorothy May Sexton, 94, Ozark, passed away Friday, August 21, 2009, in Riverview Manor, Ozark. She was born May 9, 1915, in Kansas City, Mo., to Francis and Mary A. (Menotti) Ravencamp. She was united in marriage to Earl Sexton on October 30, 1954, in Harrisonville, Mo. In 1968, they developed the Acres of Shade Mobile Home Park. They were blessed with two children and 45 years of marriage before Earl's passing in 1999. Survivors include their children, James (Dixie) Hardison, Hermitage, Mo., and Jean (Ron) Lugge, Stillwater, Minn; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2009, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Burial will follow in Dishman Cemetery, Strafford. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Tuesday, in the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 815 E. Farm Road 182, Springfield, MO 65810. Online condolences may be made at


Sexton, Georgie M. 1929 - 10 Feb 1989  OH 16 Feb 1989

[Note: married William Sexton]

Georgie M. Sexton, 59, of Springfield, died at 10:53 p.m. Feb. 10 at Cox Medical Center North following a long illness. Services for Mrs. Sexton were held Feb. 13 in the Greenlawn North Chapel with the Rev. John Tranbarger officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Sexton was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, William; two sons, Jody and Tim, both of Springfield; a daughter, Becky Williams, Ozark; and seven grandchildren.


Sexton, Hershel Eulas Hudspeth 31 May 1911 - 16 Nov 1985 OH 21 Nov 1985 p8

[Note: Son of James Alexander & Delma (Hudspeth) Sexton; married ?, ?; married 16 Nov 1940 Dixie Rose Henshaw 28 Feb 1918 - 16 Nov 1985]

Services for Hershel E. Sexton, 74, Cape Fair, were held Nov. 20 in a double service with his wife at the Miller Christian Church with brothers Allen Phipps and Kalvin St. Clair in charge. Burial was in Webb Cemetery, southwest of Miller. Mr. Sexton died Nov 16 of an apparent heart attack at his lake home at Cape Fair. He was a disabled Army war veteran of Word War II, a member of the Miller American Legion Post #120, and a member of the Miller Christian Church. Survivors include two sons, Terry Sexton, Ozark, and , Dwayne Sexton, Madras, Ore.; one daughter, Tacy Woodrow, Sarcoxie; one foster daughter, Beatrice Van Dietch, Miami, Okla; and five grandchildren. Mrs. Sexton succeeded her husband in death also on Nov. 16, their 45th wedding anniversary.


Sexton, Hershal Eulas Hudspeth 31 May 1911 - 16 Nov 1985 OH 28 Nov 1985 pB13


Sexton, Dixie Rose (Hinshaw) 28 Feb 1918 - 16 Nov 1985  OH 28 Nov 1985 pB13

Card of Thanks

To the many friends and our families who showed their love and concern for us in the loss of our loved ones, we are grateful. Every gift of flowers, food, money for their memorial, the beautiful service so fitting for them, cards, letters, calls and prayers have helped ease the pain of the shock we are suffering, Just when we need them most, good friends are always near. Just when we need them most, comforting words we hear.  The family of Dixie and Herschel Sexton.

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