Owen Murphy Selby, Jr.

February 18, 1947November 27, 2013

Owen M. Selby, Jr., 67, of Bartlett, TN, passed away November 27, 2013. He retired as Captain of the Memphis Police Department after 31 years of service. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a U. S. Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and a member of Eastside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Owen M. Selby, Sr. and is survived by his wife, Gina Selby and son and daughter-in-law, Trey and Lauren Selby and grandson, Quaid Selby of Fayetteville, AR; his mother, Peggy Selby of Memphis, and brothers, Johnny Selby of Louisiana and Tommy Selby of North Carolina. There will be a gathering of family and friends with light refreshments on Tuesday, December 3, from 10 a.m. until the service time at 12 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue with burial to follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville, MS. Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warriers Project. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Owen Murphy Selby, Jr.

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Tami Bartholomew-Moore

December 7, 2013

A true Memphis legend, you will be missed. My heart goes out to the family.

Ernie Lancaster

December 5, 2013

When we lost Owen, we lost one of a kind. He met every tour of duty with a twinkle in his eye that fit him well into the Wild West Coneheads. Owen stood small in stature, but he was a giant among his peers. Ernie Lancaster

Alan Schell

December 4, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Memphis is a better place for Owen having been a part of the community. We are thankful for his service and sacrifice to our country and this community!!! May he rest in peace. Semper Fi

Jim Beach

December 4, 2013

Signal C Owen. I learned a lot from him and the rest of the coneheads early in my career. It was an honor to have known him.

December 3, 2013

Deepest sympathies to the family, friends,and other loved ones in the passing of Owen. Heaven is rejoicing at his homecoming! He will be missed by many.
Love in Christ,
Freeda R. Bowers.

December 2, 2013

Gina - I was sorry to hear about Owen. I know this is an especially difficult time since your family is dealing with your mother's health issues also. I went by to see her last week and she seemed to be doing better. I will continue to pray for her progress. I will keep you, Trey, Lauren and Quaid in my thoughts and prayers also. I have a lot of good memories of times with Owen and the family that I will cherish forever. I am sorry I won't be able to attend the services but you will be in my thoughts. Jo and I will make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project in Owen's honor. Wil High

Vernell Stepter

December 2, 2013

I saw Selby for the first time on March 31, 1975. I was in the same class room with him, but did not get to know him for several days; only because it took several days for the shock of being members of the 40th Session of the Memphis Police Training Academy, and everyone began to relax and fellowship.
After getting to know Selby, I learned that he had already been a member of a Police Department that I had never heard about. It was called the Memphis International Airport Police Department. Owen was one of the Original Members. During the Academy days, we all had a stressful twelve weeks that made us sometimes think if we could handle much more. We were a very close knit class. When things seemed bad, we pulled together and found humor in it, when Class Counselor Frank Strausser was not around.
Owen retired a few years ago, but I always ran into him by and by. It was only a few weeks ago when our class mate Jeff Todd came by my office to let me know about Owen's condition and I had to pause and remember all of our 40th Session class mates who had already passed before us. Owen had the virtuous-will of a man of faith and the strength of a lion. I was proud to see a passage on Facebook that said "Owen fought the good fight". Owen will be truly missed.

December 2, 2013

Gina and Trey, sorry to hear of Owen's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lorie Gammel and family

December 2, 2013

Your husband was a sincere family man. He stopped me numerous times I got tickets, but we became friends during filming of The Firm when he was at Lausanne and my daughter was a senior there. He was a gentleman and no more tickets! My sincere sympathy and prayers
Sherri Steiger

Brooke Sanders

December 2, 2013

I crossed paths with Officer Selby numerous times as a reporter. He loved his job and did it well. There is a special place in heaven for those who so selflessly give of themselves.