OBITUARY

James D. "Big Jim" Selvey

December 9, 1936July 20, 2014

Selvey, James D. “Big Jim”, age 77, of Brandon, entered into eternal rest July 20, 2014. The son of Col. Eston & Mary Selvey (deceased) and a native of Tampa, Florida, Jim was the husband of Cheryl to whom he was married over 37 years. He was the father of Roy Elden Selvey (deceased) and Maylyn Patricia Selvey (deceased), James Dennis Selvey and Jessica Roberts-Atkins. He has one grandson, Ely Roberts, and six granddaughters, Katie, Barbara, Anna, Maylyn Rose, Jayme Christine and Emily Grace. He has two great grandchildren. He was known in a wide range of circles due to his many interests in life. He never stopped studying as he would often say you can learn something new everyday. Jim was a person who enjoyed meeting new people, making new friends, and extending a helping hand wherever possible. Jim’s life allowed him to travel extensively due to his father’s military career. He lived in or visited every state in the union including Alaska and Hawaii. He went to school in Germany and after graduation from Auburn University spent eight years in Central America running a plywood manufacturing facility. In the Canal Zone he again became involved with the Boy Scouts. This led to his participation in the annual ocean to ocean canoe race where he rowed a canoe from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean through the Panama Canal. He has been involved in Scouting for over 68 years, having served as Scout Master, Ass’t. Scout Master, Troop Committee Chairman, District Committee, District Chairman, and Council Executive Committee. He was awarded the Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, the St. George Medal, the William D. Boyce award, and the Daniel Carter Beard award. He has served Troop 111 of Brandon as its Committee Chairman since its inception. Jim’s activities as a public servant include service in South Carolina as a City Council Member and in Hillsborough County as a County Commissioner. He served two terms before stepping down due to term limits, but later volunteered as a Special Magistrate to hear cases involving Code Enforcement and Red Light Camera infractions. As a County Commissioner he wore several hats, serving as Chairman of EPC for four years, Chairman of the Transportation Commission four years, Sport Authority two Years, Airport Authority two years, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for one year. After he went off the Board, he became heavily involved in the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors serving as its Centennial President in 2011. He was an active, outgoing, and friendly person who will be missed by many. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Stowers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Monday 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607, or to Boy Scout Troop 111 of Brandon, 3802 Treadway Drive, Valrico, FL 33594 in James' memory.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 28, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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James D. "Big Jim" Selvey

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Barbara Lucier

October 7, 2014

Cheryl, I just read about the passing of Jim. I am so sorry to hear. My prayers are for you and your family. You and Jim were my neighbors when we lived in Brandon on Village Court. I babysat Jimmy and Jessica when they were very young. I think of you often and remember all the goods times we had.


Barbara Lucier

Charles Sansone

August 14, 2014

"Big Jim" was just that in every way. He will be more than missed. Julie's and my hearts go out to Cheryl and the family.

Chuck Sansone

Vicki Spence

July 30, 2014

Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Vicki Spence

July 30, 2014

Cheryl and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My Family and I shared many good times with you and Jim, I feel your loss! RIP Brother and Friend!

Gene Halsey

Janet Swilley

July 28, 2014

Janet Swilley

July 28, 2014

Jim was like a granddaddy to me. Always full of wonderful advice and stories. After my Daddy died I told him I wouldn't have anyone to talk to about the BIG decisions anymore. He assured me he would be there for me and he was true to his word. We made many trips together to Tallahassee and Washington DC with Greater Tampa Association of Realtors to speak to the legislators about real estate issues. We also attended many conventions, committee meeting and political events together. he and his wife Cheryl were always a joy to travel with as well. We always laughed and had a good time even though we were out working hard. I will always hold my memories of Big Jim near and dear to my heart.

Ed Turanchik

July 28, 2014

Serving with Jim on the County Commission was an honor and extraordinary pleasure. Though we had different views of the world and politics, Jim embraced me as a friend and colleague on my first day on the County Commission. In a world where few sterotypes ring true, Jim was the epitome of a southern gentleman. Courteous, cheerful, charitable and jocular, Jim could bring a smile to friend and opponent alike. We shared many quiet, humor laced moments during our two years of shared service. To him, potholes knew no politics, and he always worked hard to serve his constituents and our community. The world would be a finer place if all public work was undertaken with such spirited and well meaning service. I shall always cherish our many shared experiences and many private jokes and stories. Big Jim shall occupy a big place in my memories, not because of his physical size, but because of his huge heart and unshakeable spirit. Rest in Peace, Big Jim. We will miss you.

July 28, 2014

We will miss Jim very much at EPC as he was a frequent visitor, well known by staff, and very friendly. He always had a good suggestion for improvements and demonstrated a caring attitude. He was lately a member of our Business Feedback Group, never missed a meeting and always contributed to the discussions. May Jim rest in peace and blessings to his family.

Rick Garrity

July 28, 2014

It was an honor to work with Big Jim on the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board and Special Magistrate. He served on both with distinction and rendered fair and just decisions. He was always friendly and a pleasure to work with. We also loved his ties. He will be sorely missed.
Friends and Staff of Citizen Boards Support of Hillsborough County.

Henry Brosnaham

July 28, 2014

Big Jim was a friend,former partner, and always a kind person. He always seemed to see the "Brighter" side of things.He will be missed by many, but never forget that if we live long enough, we'll all join him one day! Rest In Peace, Big Jim! :)