David Timothy "Tim" Sellers

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David Timothy “Tim” Sellers, 62, entered peacefully into eternity Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 12:43 p.m. surrounded by family at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after a nearly two-year fight with cancer and related medical complications. He leaves a legacy of love, deep faith and trust in God and Jesus Christ, dedication to family, and doing everything in life with the utmost excellence, recognizing it is ultimately for the Lord. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11 a.m.at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Gathering Hall prior to the service in the Sanctuary.

Tim was born July 6, 1955 to Norman and Peggy Walters Sellers of Fayetteville, and he was the third of four children. He is survived by his brother, Don Sellers of Siler City; and sisters Kathy and Edie Sellers of Fayetteville.

Tim graduated high school from Reid Ross High School and spent his entire 45-year career working for The Fayetteville Observer. He started out in composing as a printer trainee on on his 16th birthday. Throughout his career, he held the following positions: Printer Trainee Computer Typesetter Computer Cameraman Camera Room & Ad Makeup Foreman/Supervisor Retail Account Sales Executive, Imaging Coordinator in the newsroom photo department, and Imaging Coordinator/Page Technician in the production pre-press department. Tim retired only for medical reasons and hated to leave his newspaper family behind. Affectionately referred to by many people as “Big Daddy”, he was dedicated to excellence at his job, and he was a confidant to many people who needed a listening ear or advice.

Tim married his high school sweetheart, Linda Lassiter, and they were happily married for 37 years. Tim and Linda had one daughter together, Jennifer Lynn, whom they lost as an infant in January 1975. They had one son, Jason Timothy on July 1, 1977. As a family, they loved to play tennis and golf together. Over the years, they attended Carroll Memorial Baptist Church, Hillside Baptist Church and Southview Baptist Church together. In those churches, Tim served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, and youth director. Tim and Jason were best friends, talking daily, often meeting for breakfast before work. They even went on a mission trip to South Africa together. Tim also loved being a grandfather and spending time with Jason's three children, attending their ballgames and other events. Madison, 11, Chase, 9, and Reagan, 6, adored their “Papa” and would snuggle close when they saw him. Before Linda's passing, Tim lived in a mother-in-law suite of the home of Jason and his wife, Emilie, where he also helped care for Linda's mother, Eleanor Lassiter Couch. Tim admired Emilie as his son's devoted wife and as a mother, and spoke highly of her behind-the-scenes service to their church. Linda passed away Sept. 6, 2010 after a long struggle with Muscular Dystrophy, and Tim was her faithful and loving caregiver for many years.

When Tim lost Linda, he was devastated, but he received a second chance for a loving wife when he met Sue Cook and they married March 13, 2011. They celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary last month, and still felt like they were newlyweds. Tim embraced Sue's fun-loving personality and adapted to life with her. They would spontaneously dance in public when they heard good music, and Tim loved when “Susie” played piano and sang to him. Once married, Tim joined Sue and became active at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. He served as a greeter for part of that time and was active in special church activities when his health allowed. Due to the church's live streaming of services, he and Sue stayed connected during his illness and would stream the Sunday service.
Tim and Sue's marriage joined two families, and Tim's family welcomed Sue and her grown daughters with open arms. Sue's daughters, Jennifer and Christina Cooke, also live in Fayetteville and were so blessed to have Tim as their new father. They lost their biological father 21 years ago to cancer, and Tim embraced them as his daughters, fretting over them and watching out for them. They appreciate and love him for how he treated their mother just as the Bible instructs a man to treat his wife. He also embraced Jen's daughter, Austyn Plotnick, 15, as his eldest granddaughter. She was spoiled right along with the younger grandkids, and he was so proud of the young woman she's becoming.

When Tim learned he had cancer in fall 2016 and needed a stem cell transplant, his younger sister Edie turned out to be a perfect match. Once he had her blood and DNA, they referred to each other as twins and had an even closer bond than before. He and Sue spent the better part of a year living at the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill in between hospital stays, and are so grateful for that amazing program and the wonderful donors and volunteers who make it possible. They are also grateful for the Be The Match program that connects stem cell donors to necessary recipients. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to SECU Family House,123 Old Farm Rd., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27517 or to Bethematch.org.

Tim's greatest wish in life was for everyone he knew and loved to come to a real and saving faith in Jesus Christ, realizing there is but one way to Heaven, and one God, and that we must recognize we cannot ever be good enough to earn a place in Heaven, thereby depending on Jesus as their personal savior. His favorite Bible verse was Jeremiah 29:11, which says: “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Tim clung to the truth of that verse with all his heart. He will be dearly missed by all, but we know anyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior will see him again one day in Heaven.