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Franklin Lewis Selders, III.

February 11, 1954 — February 28, 2015

Franklin Lewis Selders, III was born on February 11, 1954 to Wilbert and Zettie Turner Selders in Sparkman, Arkansas. Franklin moved to Nashville, Arkansas when he was 2 years old. He and his mother became members of Williams Memorial COGIC. It was there that he learned to play the bass guitar under the leadership of Elder Leo Williams. Frank was a graduate of Nashville High School where he excelled as a student and as an athlete. He was a “scrapper” football player which earned him the nickname “Ferocious Frank, the Army Tank” because of his size. Frank met and married Karen Kelley in1980 and lived briefly in Little Rock. They later reunited in marriage on June 5, 1995 and moved to Texarkana, Texas. Their union was blessed with four children. Frank received his minister’s license in 2005 and later his certificate of ordination in 2007 in the 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Arkansas COGIC under the former Jurisdictional Prelate Bishop Donnie L. Lindsey. He was always an encourager and spent time spreading the word of God outside of the four walls of the church. In 2006 Frank started a dialysis support group for patients and their families. This group flourished for a few years. Its basis was to encourage patients to remain active in their treatments and to never stop learning about their illness. Frank was a member of the End Stage Renal Disease Network 13 Patient Advisory Committee for 3 years. He was a member of the ESRD Network 14 PAC where he served 3 years. Frank was a nominee to be a speaker at the National AAAKP Convention in 2010 in Tampa, Florida. Frank possessed an entrepreneurial ability that led him to operate several small businesses including; a fish market, burger stand, detail shop, music store, bar-be-que spot. He also was a former cross country truck driver and he lastly operated a transportation service. On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Frank passed into the Lord’s embrace. He was preceded in death by his mother, step-father, father, four brothers and one granddaughter, Arianna Kelly. Precious memories are left with his devoted wife, Karen; sons, Brian (Samantha) Kelley of Ft. Smith, AR, Kevin (Rashetta) Selders of Conway, AR, and Brandon Selders of Jonesboro, AR; his daughter, Krystal Selders of North Little Rock, AR; his beloved grandchildren, Shakedra, Keisha, Kevin, Braylon, Katera, Breshunda, Shaylynn, Elijah, Kaeden, Andrew and Lily Rose; sisters, Iris (MC) Hunter Mobile, AL, Clara (Bernard) Lewis of Lafayette, LA, Barolyn Selders of LaPlace, LA and Mable Selders; one brother, Carl Selders of LaPlace, LA; one god-sister, Tereka Lofton; and one god-son, Kevin Brazil, Jr. He also leaves his special mama’s; god-mother, Missionary Hazel Brown, mama’ Laura Selders and Grandma Willie Lofton. Funeral services will be held at Greater Heights Ministries COGIC in Texarkana, Texas on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 am with viewing one hour prior to services. Pastor Donald Vaughn will officiate and Pastor Ramon Henderson will serve as the eulogist. Burial will follow at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sparkman, Arkansas. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:17, 20-21
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