Son of the late Rev. Walter and Nelda Sellars, he was a 1961 graduate of Lebanon High where he was elected President of his senior class, captain and Most Valuable Player of the Blue Devil football team.
Mr. Sellars attended a year of post graduate school at Castle Heights Military Academy where he played football.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the USS Saratoga.
A champion Golden Gloves boxer, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in physical education with a minor in history.
Mr. Sellars was a member of the Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Donelson, and Hermitage Chambers of Commerce, the Sertoma Club and Lions Club and was heavily involved in coaching youth football.
An avid golfer and tennis player, he attended the Mt. Juliet Worship Center and the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. Mr. Sellars was a loyal University of Tennessee Vols fan and he completed the Music City Half Marathon in 2009.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 5 between the hours of 2-8 p.m. at the Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon; and from 11 a.m. until the funeral at the Mt. Juliet Worship Center.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Danny Sellars with burial at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: wife Barbara Hensley Sellars; children Michelle (David) Henslee, Vonda (Greg) Paris and Eddie (Kristi) Sellars Jr.
Also surviving are grandchildren Brittney Henslee, Kelsey and Chloe Paris, Addison and Blakely Sellars; siblings Patsy (Hayward) Phillips, Evon Adkerson, Donna (Bobby) Thompson, Billy (Jan) Sellars, Ron (Beverly) Sellars and Danny (Kathy) Sellars, many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins as well as his Hermitage Fitness Center Family.
Pallbearers: Steve Shehane, Jeff Lasater, Woody Geisler, Ed Appleby, Jimmy McDowell, Dale Armstrong, David Paris, and Mike “Partner” Rutledge. Honorary pallbearers: Hermitage Fitness Family. Memorial contributions: Walter Sellars Life Center (495 Mt. Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet TN 37122).
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.