John Freeman Sellers

January 15, 1952 - February 24, 2023
John Freeman Sellers

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John Freeman Sellers, age 71, a life long resident of Wilmington passed away Friday, February 24, 2023 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCareCenter.

John was born in Wilmington on January 15, 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents  John Kelly Sellers and Janie Elizabeth Craig Sellers and brother Donald A. Sellers all of Wilmington.

John is survived by the love of his life and wife of 42 years Janice Stewart Sellers; his children, John Kelly Sellers II and wife Katie,  James Travis Kelly, and Jason Craig Kelly and wife Laura. Grandchildren, Britney Kelly and Joey, Autumn Kelly, James Kelly II, Curtis Potter, Thomas Buchanan, Robert Sellers and Sarah, David Sellers and Bree, Becky Kelly, Lena Sellers, Hope Kelly, and Evan Kelly; great grandchildren, Alexis Gambrell, Madison Gambrell, Colton Gambrell, Lacey Mae Gambrel, and Luca Sellers.  He is also survived by Sister in Love, Goldie Robinson and John, numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends; especially Chris Berbrick,  who he considered a son, and his lifelong friend and brother Donnie Adkins.

John was a member of the Wilmington First Pentecostal Holiness Church. He had continued the family business, Sellers Furniture on N 4th Street for many years and most recently operated Big Johns Biker Heaven/Leather & Stuff, until his retirement. John loved his family and church family very much, he loved cars, and all music and his Furr Legged “Baby”.

His family will miss him dearly, but know he now rests in the Arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ and is free of his pain and suffering.

His visitation and funeral will be held at The Wilmington First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 29th and Chestnut Street, Wilmington led by Rev Paul Evans and Rev. Libby Webb. Visitation starting at 1 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023 and his Funeral Service to start at 2 PM.  Burial will be in Oleander Memorial Gardens.  His pallbearers will be Kelly Sellers, Jason Kelly,  Travis Kelly, David Sellers, Robert Sellers, Chris Berbrick, Ryan Monroe and Anthony Smith.

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  • March 12, 2023
    Robin Best lit a candle:
    Lit since March 12, 2023 at 3:04:38 PM

  • March 12, 2023
    Robin Best says:
    So sorry for the loss of your husband and your best friend of 42 years

  • March 02, 2023
    Bobby Farrell lit a candle:
    Lit since March 2, 2023 at 3:11:19 PM

  • March 02, 2023
    Bobby Farrell says:
    My grieving so bad. Can you call me sometime. and tell me what happened to my best friend? I've never seen something beautiful without thinking. WOW .. I wish John could see this...Or, I wish John and Janice were here. Or I would randomly just think of the two of you in puppy love ❤️ The two of you had something so rare. Whenever I came to your house, I always thought I was home. John was the most reliable friend I ever had. He was the Father figure in my life that I needed . Every time I talked to him He told me he loved me like a son, and I always responded with the biggest smile, and I was so happy that he truly felt that way. I would call him and tell him he was my only Dad. As far as humans go, John was, if I could choose my father. He would be my Dad. His soul was of that kind. And Momma Jan, You have to know that you are the only Mom I have left in this world. I love both of you.

  • March 01, 2023
    John lit a candle:
    Lit since March 1, 2023 at 3:41:43 PM