Joel Allen Sellers
October 22, 1942 – October 7, 2019
Joel Allen Sellers passed away with family by his side on October 7, 2019. He gave cancer a good fight, but in his own words, "he had to lose this battle to win the War". Joel was born on October 22, 1942 in Hamilton County to the late Wert Allen Sellers and Ruby Blum Sellers. He grew up in the Lanham Community with his parents and four siblings. He graduated school at Jonesboro ISD. He played basketball there under coach PT Lemons, whom he admired greatly. His nickname on the court was "hoss". He met Shirley Annette Braun in 1961 and they were married three years later on February 8, 1964. They worked side by side for 55 years. They started their life out together in a rent house in Hamilton but moved to the country and bought the family farm in 1967. They were blessed with three children, Joanna Lynn, Mark Allen, and Joel Wayne. After marriage Joel joined the trucking business with his father and they hauled grain from all over Texas to the local grain elevators. In the 1970's, Joel and Shirley started their own business, Sellers Grain Co. Inc. This business originated in Lanham, Texas in a small scale house he built behind his Daddy's house. Sellers Grain provided many services to the local farmers and ranchers. In 1977 he expanded the business to a rail site in Meridian, Texas with a partner and Sellers & Courtney Ag Services was born. He later bought out his partner and this location became a part of Sellers Grain. In the 1980's he once again got the opportunity to expand into Gatesville Texas by buying out Gatesville Farm and Ranch. This business even grew more as he added the Gatesville Coop to the business a few years later. His business thrived with many good employees and the hard work of his wife and family. Once again an opportunity presented itself, in 1988 he purchased the Gerald Feed Mill in Hamilton, Texas. Throughout his forty years of business Joel made many friends. He often prided himself on the advice he was able to give other entrepreneurs like himself. He had many employees over the years and so many of them looked him up later in life and told him thanks for giving them a chance. The entire time his business was growing he was adding to the family farm and ranch. In 2002 Joel and Shirley retired from Sellers Grain and focused their attention on their ranch. Joel was more than a businessman, more than a father, more than a rancher, he was often called bigger than life. Joel was instrumental in starting a Lions Club in Jonesboro to help the small community. He pushed to get the first computers in the classrooms at Jonesboro ISD. He served as a director for the National Bank of Gatesville, a director for the Hamilton Farm Bureau, and was a member of the Texas Grain and Feed Association. Joel was always a thinker. Joel loved history, especially Texas history. He loved to tell a story, whether it was to a friend at the barber shop, a salesman in his office, a customer in his store, or a grandkid on his lap. Joel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dr. Rev J.W. Sellers, and two sisters, Carrahlee Sellers and Mary Ann Sellers Burke. Joel is survived by his wife Shirley, his daughter Joanna Lynn and husband David Wasson, his son Mark Allen Sellers and wife Sabrina, and son Joel Wayne Sellers and wife Lisa. One sister Freida Sellers Wolfe. He has eight grandchildren Chris Wasson and wife Emily, David Allen Wasson, Cheyenne Sellers Tanner and husband Ryan, Joel Wyatt Sellers, Tyler Sellers and wife Madalynn, Jacob Dossey, Jessica Dossey Key, and husband Jimmy, and Trevor Sellers. He also was blessed with five great grand daughters, Raelynn, Holly, Ralie, Zaylie, and Hayzlie with a sixth one, Wrenley, on the way. He was also survived by many numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
- Shirley Sellers, Wife
- Joanna Lynn Wasson, Daughter
- David Wasson, Son-in-law
- Mark Allen Sellers, Son
- Sabrina Sellers, Daughter-in-law
- Joel Wayne Sellers, Son
- Lisa Sellers, Daughter-in-law
- He has eight grandchildren Chris Wasson and wife Emily, David Allen Wasson, Cheyenne Sellers Tanner and husband Ryan, Joel Wyatt Sellers, Tyler Sellers and wife Madalynn, Jacob Dossey, Jessica Dossey Key, and husband Jimmy, and Trevor Sellers. He also was blessed with five great grand daughters, Raelynn, Holly, Ralie, Zaylie, and Hayzlie with a sixth one, Wrenley, on the way. He was also survived by many numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
- Wyatt Sellers, Active
- Christopher Wasson, Active
- David Allen Wasson, Active
- Ryan Tanner, Active
- Trevor Sellers, Active
- Tyler Sellers, Active
- Jimmy Key, Active
- Jacob Dossey, Active
- Visitation Service Friday, October 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
Joel Allen Sellers
Donald & Cecilia Young
October 9, 2019
He was a great man and will truly be missed. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
October 9, 2019
Jim and I were sorry to hear of Joel's passing. He was bigger than life and will be missed, but he is whole again in the Lord and we can rejoice in that, though we grieve. Shirley, I know you are drawing comfort from your children and their children that live because you and Joel fell in love. Family is the most important support in times like these. Jim and I are keeping you all close in heart and prayer. We love you.