William Arnold Sellars, M.D.

Dr. William Arnold Sellars passed from this life to life eternal on April 28, 2009 with his beloved wife Joyce at his side. Dr. Sellars, born Nov 22, 1927 in Dallas, grew up in the Oil Fields of East Texas. After serving in the US Army, he earned his bachelor's degree at UT Austin. He graduated from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed his residency in Rhode Island. He returned to Oak Cliff, where he specialized in allergy and immunology for nearly fifty years. His passion for medicine was evidenced in the medical advancements, publications, and inventions he made. His concern for the well-being of others was evidenced in his personal relationships as well as his volunteer activities at Scottish Rite and Parkland Hospitals. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Dr. Sellars lived his life as one determined to leave this world a little better place for having passed this way. He thoroughly enjoyed being a scout leader alongside each of his sons. A musician at heart, he learned to play a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, and the mandolin. Dr. Sellars, aka Wild Bill or Buddy to family and friends, loved hunting, fishing, and racquetball along with a number of other sports. Dr. Sellars is survived by his devoted wife, Joyce Minhinnette Sellars, son Dean Sellars and wife Judie of Moss Point, MS, daughter Jodi Sellars Smith and husband Steve of Celina, TX, son John Patrick Sellars and his wife Szilvia of Dallas, TX, and brother Rodney Sellars of Waco, TX. He is known as Granddaddy Sellars to seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, William A. Sellars, Jr., brothers Victor and Richard Sellars, and his parents Rodney and Vera Arnold Sellars. There will be two services celebrating his life and legacy. On Friday, May 1st, a funeral service will be held at Wilson Orwasky Funeral Home in Emory Texas at 2:00 PM, followed by internment at Smyrna Cemetery. First Baptist Church of Dallas will host a Memorial Service in the Heritage Chapel on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

I met Bill during the time I served as a house officer at Dallas Methodist Hospital.  We had many common interests and had the pleasure of sharing them over a period of many years.  We hunted quail, talked about life and sang many songs.  He introduced my wife Jane to quail hunting on several occasions, both before and after our marriage in 1974.  He and Jane sang together often and he lovingly named her "Song Bird," much to my pleasure.  He introduced her to the joy of selecting and collecting red wines.  In later years, he offered sage investing advice.  Our paths did not often cross in the last few years, but when they did, we seemed to pick up where we left off.  We considered him a great friend and he will be sorely missed.

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