Valdosta Daily Times

December 27, 2012

William Boyd “Bill” Selph


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — William Boyd “Bill” Selph, 89, died Dec. 25, 2012, at Lake City Veterans Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, with burial in Cherry Lake Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Beggs Funeral Home.

He was born on March 12, 1923, in Citra, Fla., to his parents Paul G. and Elmer Sawyer Selph.

He spent formative years in Valdosta, Ga. As a young man, he worked in the flatwoods of North Florida as a cowboy. As a late teen, he drove trucks for Tennessee Produce. He was drafted into the Mounted Calvary and sent to Moody Air Force Base to gather cattle. He was then transferred to Army Air Corp and served in North Africa, Sicily and Grotagalia, Italy. After World War II, he became buyer for Hall Commission Company and Swift and Company in Moultrie, Ga. In 1947, he started auctioning at Livestock sales in Georgia and North Florida. From 1966 to 1980, he owned and operated hog buying station in Cherry Lake. He retired in 1980, and spent 21 years fishing and enjoying life in Suwannee, Fla. He was a lifetime member of VFW in Moultrie, established Elks Club in Madison and was a lifetime member of VFW, ELKS, Moose, American Legion 32nd Degree Mason, Shrine and Charter member of “Cherry Lake Crossroads Club.” He was auctioneer for charity events, including Ducks Unlimited, Boys Ranch, Youth Livestock Sales. He was a member of Cherry Lake Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Opal P. Selph of Cherry Lake; two sons, Billy Selph (Barbara) of Valdosta, Ga. and Jerry Selph (Carol) of Suwannee, Fla.; grandchildren, Traci Davis (Terry) of Hahira, Ga. and Cristina DiTomasso (Michael) of Hahira, and Leigh Ann Flowers (Mike) of High Springs, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Dominic and Jayden DiTomasso of Hahira, Ga.; brother, T.M. “Rusty” Selph (Louise) of Hawthorne, Fla.; and sisters, Ida Gerald of Cherry Lake, Fla., and Melba Barrs (Robert) of New Home Community, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Guy Selph.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children Home. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 850-973-2258. — Beggs Funeral Home