Services for Dr. Jackson Wiley Selman, 83, Jacksonville, will
be at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at Jacksonville First United
Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Etheridge officiating. The family will receive
friends at the church, from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will be at
Jacksonville City Cemetery. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary is in charge of
arrangements. Dr. Selman died on Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Brookwood Medical
Center in Birmingham.
Dr. Selman was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Young Selman; two
brothers, Martin Vanoy Selman and Thomas Kern Selman; and one sister, Melba
Survivors include three sons, Thomas Lee (Deborah) Selman, of Gulf Shores,
Scott Young (Diane) Selman of Birmingham, and John Irvin (Penny) Selman, of
Signal Mountain, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Jackson Lee (Chastity) Selman,
Wendy Anne Selman, Benjamin Thomas Selman, Brian Andrew Selman, Kate Elizabeth
Selman, Sydney Jane Selman, and Allie Charles Selman; one great-grandchild,
Nikolas Matney; and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Selman was a native of Gadsden and the son of the Rev. Thomas Lee Selman
and Sallie Sims Selman. He was Professor Emeritus of political science at
Jacksonville State University and served as chairman of the Political Science
Department for many years prior to his retirement in 1986. Dr. Selman was the
faculty sponsor of SCOAG (Student Conference on American Government), an annual
event for many years on the campus of Jacksonville State. Dr. Selman earned his
bachelor of science, master of arts, and law degree from the University of
Alabama, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North
He taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Georgia State University
before coming to Jacksonville State University in 1958. Dr. Selman was a World
War II Veteran, serving in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation.
After World War II, he joined the reserves and was active for several years. Dr.
Selman served on the Jacksonville City Planning Commission for ten years and was
chairman for the last seven years. Dr. Selman was a member of the Jacksonville
First United Methodist Church since 1958. He previously served as the Chairman
of the Board of Stewards (Church Council) and was a member of the Friendship
Sunday School Class.
Dr. Selman frequently taught various adult Sunday school classes. He held
memberships in the National Education Association, the Alabama Education
Association, the Calhoun County Education Association, the Alabama Retired
Teachers Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, and Southern
Political Science Association. Dr. Selman was very interested in environmental
issues and wildlife conservation. He was a member of the Audubon Society, the
Sierra Club, the World Wildlife Fund, the Wilderness Society, the Nature
Conservancy of Alabama, the Humane Society of the United States, the National
Parks Conservation Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Great
Smoky Mountains Association, and the Anniston Museum.
Pallbearers will be Glen Browder, Wayne Dempsey, Jerry Gilbert, Gene Rhodes,
Peter Robinson, and James Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the
Friendship Sunday school class and members of the Jacksonville State University
Political Science Department.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jacksonville First United
Methodist Church (P.O. Box 1025, Jacksonville, AL 36265), United Methodist
Pastoral Care and Counseling (1313 Alford Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35226), or the
charity of your choice.