William T Sellers


August 6, 1921 - July 9, 2013

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William T. “Bill” Sellers, Lt. (jg) U.S.N.R., 91, passed away July 9, 2013, at home in Murfreesboro.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 12, 2013 Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. Visitation will begin 1 hour before the service. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker and Pam Pilote of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Born on August 6, 1921, in Keene, Virginia, he was the son of Theodore Epps Sellers and Sallie Thomas Sellers. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nancy Smith Sellers, son William T. “Ted” Sellers, Jr., and sister, Margaret Preston. Survived by sons, Ewing and wife, Kathy Sellers, Alan and wife, Janet Sellers of Murfreesboro, and daughter, Cindy and husband, Tom Forrester, of Nashville, and seven grandchildren, Rachel Sellers, W. Ewing Sellers, Daniel Sellers, Nathan Sellers, Phillip Forrester, Meredith Forrester and Emily Sellers.

A veteran of World War II, he was a naval aviator flying Hellcats off the Carrier USS Independence as a member of Air Group 27. On August 10, 1945, he shot down what is believed to be the last Japanese Zero downed by a carrier pilot in WWII.

While serving as Postmaster of Keene, Virginia, he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1946 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1950. Mr. Sellers married his law school classmate, Nancy, on the same day that they both graduated from law school. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar and the Virginia Bar in 1950. He began practicing law with Nancy in Murfreesboro in 1950 and soon joined Nancy’s father, Ewing Smith, and founded the Smith & Sellers law firm. He practiced law for 54 years and was a member of the Rutherford/Cannon Bar Association and was the Rutherford County attorney for 25 years. He also served as attorney for the Industrial Development and Health and Education Facilities Boards of Rutherford County. He was a charter member of the Exchange Club, and served on the Rutherford County Nursing Home Board.

Mr. Sellers was a contributing author of “Missions Remembered” and a Middle Tennessee Fighter Pilots Association. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.

Friends and relatives will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.woodfinchapel.com