State Rep. Sellier passes away at 65

Rep. Tony Sellier, R-Fort Valley, died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure at a Peach County hospital.

seillerSellier, 65, represented parts of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Lamar, Monroe, Peach  and Upson counties in District 136.

First elected in 2006, Sellier was recently elected to a third term. He served on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Defense and Veterans Affairs, Education and Health and Human Services committees.

A former auditor with Burlington Industries, Sellier moved to Fort Valley in 1975 with Blue Bird Corp., where he served as manager of audit and special projects. Before retiring in 2006, he was corporate director of financial services.

Sellier was a volunteer interpreter, educator and cultural liaison through his church’s migrant ministry.

Born in Point-a-Pierre, Trinidad in the West Indies, he was raised in the oil camps of Venezuela, where his father worked for Mobil Oil Co.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Sellier earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. He is survived by his wife, Judye, and three grown children.

16 comments Add your comment

Rep. Douglas Collins

December 1st, 2010
10:53 am

This state has lost one of its finest! Tony will be missed.

C

December 1st, 2010
11:00 am

His name is spelled “Sellier.”

sarah

December 1st, 2010
11:23 am

wow, glad you could spell his name right AJC. I had the pleasure of meeting Rep. Sellier and he was a very nice man. Hope he is in a better place and that his family finds peace.

Drew10

December 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

A genuinely nice guy I had the pleasure of meeting and working with a while back. He fought a long battle with cancer. A great public servant

Peter L. Banks

December 1st, 2010
1:48 pm

Tony was always ready to help all of us in Barnesville even though he represented only a portion of Lamar County. He was highly regarded here and we will miss his unselfish service to our State. Deepest sympathy to his family.

Justin Mullis

December 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

This is a big loss not just for Tony’s family, but a big loss for the state of Georgia. In a sea of sometimes questionable individuals under the gold dome, Tony’s was always one that you could count on to do the right thing. He will truly be missed, and my prayers go out to Judye, and the rest of his family.

Jerry Gonzalez

December 1st, 2010
4:24 pm

At GALEO, we appreciated State Rep. Tony Sellier’s public service to our state and to our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his family.

Rep. Melvin Everson

December 1st, 2010
9:47 pm

Georgia lost a great public servant and statesman in Rep. Tony Sellier. I served with him on the Education,Defense and Veterans Affairs Committees. He was one of the best. Tony will be greatly missed. I will keep Judy and the family lifted up in prayer.

rjfromrockdale

December 2nd, 2010
12:06 am

By chance, I had the great opportunity of getting a shoe shine next to Rep. Sellier at the statehouse. Other than some good-natured ribbing about my party affiliation, he shared some great pearls of wisdom about GA politics. Most importantly, you could tell that he was a decent and caring man. May he rest in peace, rj

Mac Collins, Former Member of Congress

December 2nd, 2010
9:35 am

Rep. Sellier, was a Friend, Statesman,and Patriot. Many of us will miss his friendship, Georgia will miss his Statesmanship and his Colleagues will miss his respect for our Republic.
Our prayers are with Judye and his family.

Rep. Billy Mitchell

December 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

I will certainly miss Tony’s leadership in the legislature, but I will miss his friendship even more.
May God bless his family!

Zach Johnson

December 2nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Tony was a great man. He will be missed. We need more like him.

Reid Blalock

December 2nd, 2010
1:48 pm

To the family of Tony Selliers may god bless you at the time of loss
Mr Reid Blalock

Rep. Margaret Kaiser

December 2nd, 2010
5:50 pm

Tony was not only my colleague, but we became instant friends from the day we met. I loved watching Judye put his office in order and see after him when he returned to the Legislature after his illness. He will be sorely missed, and my prayers go out to Judye and the rest of Tony’s family. I hope his family places one of his ‘bluebird’ buses in the Chamber for us to remember him daily!

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JAMES

December 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

HE WAS A FINE MAN AND A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT. PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE BECOMING EXTINCT !!!!