Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Llano Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in First Baptist Church chapel with the Rev. Corky Holland officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
J. V. was born July 24, 1921, in Hobbs, N.M., to Minnie and Frank Selman. He married Burline Seale on Aug. 22, 1942, in Colorado Springs.
He served four years in the Armed Forces in the European Theater in World War II. During one harrowing experience in which his troop ship was torpedoed in the English Channel, he promised to faithfully serve the Lord if he survived. He remained true to that promise all his life. He and his wife, Burline were volunteer missionaries through their church, making 57 overseas mission trips to six continents, as well as many more within the United States. He was widely known for proclaiming Christ with wooden nickels which read: “Without Christ, life isn’t worth a wooden nickel.”
J. V. was in the floral business for 20 years and a member of Gideons International and a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo, where he served as a deacon, a Bible school teacher and several church committees.
Many of his friends called him “Jake.” Referring to his future home in Heaven, he would often say, “We’ll see you down the road Buddy.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Burline Selman, on Oct. 23, 2014.
Survivors include his son, Mike Selman of Garland; two granddaughters, Ginger Zeravica and Melanie Carron, both of the Dallas area, four great-grandchildren, his sister, Frances Scarborough of Lubbock Texas, two Brothers in Law, Richard Seale and Ray Seale, both of the Temple, Texas area, and many nieces and nephews.