Foster Hugh Selman, Sr.

February 25, 1929July 4, 2018
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Foster Hugh Selman, Sr., Lt. Col. (Ret.) US Air Force, age 89, of Texas Valley, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Redmond Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Lt. Col. Selman was born in Floyd County, GA, February 25, 1929, the son of the late Foster Selman who passed away March 30, 1964, and Myrtle Brown Selman, who passed away July 4, 1980. He was a graduate of Armuchee High School, Jacksonville State University, and Peabody College, Nashville, TN. He taught and coached at Armuchee High School from 1953-1980. After retiring, he taught and coached golf at Riverside Military Academy.

He began as an Army recruit and retired as Lt. Col. in the Air Force with over 38 years of combined service. He served on the Wing Commander's Staff (Maj. General) where his unit was awarded the "AF Outstanding Unit Award" for seven consecutive years.

He was a Mason and a member of New Armuchee Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon Emeritus, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.

He was a life member of the National Association for Uniformed Services, Military Officer Association of America, Air Force Association (first president of Coosa Valley AFA), Reserve Officers Association, Floyd-Rome Retired Teachers Association, and Georgia Retired Teachers Association.

The North Floyd Softball Complex was named in his honor July 28, 2011, and he was also inducted into the 2013 Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement, February 25, 2013, his 84th birthday.

He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Bettie Polston Selman, and infant grandson, Samuel Tribble Hale Robison.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia McDermont Selman; a daughter, Leigh Selman Robison and her husband, William H. Robison, IV (Robbie); a son, Foster Hugh Selman, Jr. (Trip) and his wife, Karen Smith Selman; grandchildren, William H. Robison, V (Quinn), Ian Tribble Robison (Tribb) and his wife, Teresa Pieklik Robison; Foster Hugh Selman, III (Trey), Sarah Louise Selman, great-grandson, Ian William Robison, and nephew, Joseph Albert Early, III (Jae).

Visitation will be Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Daniel's Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 8, 2018, at New Armuchee Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Mikel Garrett and the Rev. Horace Stewart officiating. Mr. Mac Eubanks will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Armuchee Cemetery in Texas Valley with full military honors.

Pallbearers will be his son-in-law, three grandsons, nephew, and Dr. Kenn Griffith. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to New Armuchee Baptist Church, 5385 Martha Berry Highway, Armuchee, GA 30105.

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  • Foster Selman, Father
  • Myrtle Brown Selman, Mother
  • Bettie Polston Selman, Wife
  • Samuel Tribble Hale Robison, Grandson
  • Patricia McDermont Selman, Wife
  • Leigh Selman Robison, Daughter
  • William "Robbie" H. Robison, IV, Son-in-law
  • Foster "Trip" Hugh Selman, Jr., Son
  • Karen Smith Selman, Daughter-in-law
  • William "Quinn" H. Robison, V, Grandson
  • Ian "Tribb" Tribble Robison, Grandson
  • Teresa Pieklik Robison, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Foster "Trey" Hugh Selman, III, Grandson
  • Sarah Louise Selman, Granddaughter
  • Ian William Robison, Great-grandson
  • Joseph "Jae" Albert Early, III, Nephew

  • William "Robbie" H. Robison, IV, Pallbearer
  • William "Quinn" H. Robison, V, Pallbearer
  • Ian "Tribb" Tribble Robison, Pallbearer
  • Foster "Trey" Hug Selman, III
  • Joseph Albert Early, III, Pallbearer
  • Dr. Kenn Griffith, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Sunday, July 8, 2018

Foster Hugh Selman, Sr.

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Vickie Mathis

July 12, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the Selman family. I am honored to have had Mr. Selman as a teacher, coach, and friend. He had a great sense of humor and genuinely cared for the students and players in his care. I'll always remember how he would wack the side of his desk with a yard stick to alert the sleepers that class was in session.
I appreciate his encouragement, friendship, and commitment to his family, students, and church.

Gretna Mathis-Soltis

July 9, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the Selman family. I always smile when I think of Mr. Selman as my softball coach, trying his best to make a ball player out of me! What a compassionate, dedicated, and determined coach he was as he taught me so many more lessons than playing ball. Fond memories of him calling to me, “Get this one, Gret-er!” as he repeatedly hit pop-up fly balls for me to catch. His funny, kind, and wise spirit will always hold a special place in my heart. Thoughts and prayers for your family as you grieve the loss of a well-loved and great man.

Charles Lumsden

July 7, 2018

I have known Coach Selman since 1956 when my family came to the Armuchee community. He was my high school basketball coach and I was privelidged to be a member of the inaugural Armuchee High School football team when he served as head coach in 1962. He was not only my coach but a mentor and true friend. His sense of humor was his trademark, as I recall he once described our football team to a reporter for the newspaper, “Our Armuchee team is small but we are slow.”
Coach will be missed by all who knew him and the world is a better place because of him...

Tim Keasler

July 6, 2018

Hugh as been a part of my family's history from teaching and coaching my sister Pasty to teaching me in high school and sitting next to him in the church choir. I have always admired his dedication to God and his humility. He always had a good word to say and was encouraging to me when we sang in the choir. He loved God, his family, and his church. It was a privilege to have know Hugh.

Jim Chambers

July 6, 2018

Mr. Hugh was a long time horse client of mine and I always enjoyed being with him. He dearly loved his horses and they loved him. Mr. Hugh was a kind and gentle soul who will really be missed. Our condolences and prayers go out to his beloved family.

Dr. Jim Chambers DVM

Elaine Chambers