Joseph Lafon Sellers, Bus Agent, Volunteer

November 19, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Joseph Lafon Sellers, a retired Greyhound Bus Lines agent and volunteer, died Sunday of complications from an infection at Northwest Hospital Center. The Owings Mills resident was 85.

Mr. Sellers was born and raised in Dillon, S.C. After graduating from high school in 1941, he relocated with his family to Brooklyn Park.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 87th Division in Europe as a radio converter. He earned three battle stars.

Mr. Sellers worked for 38 years as an agent at the former Greyhound terminal on Howard Street until retiring in 1981.

After retiring, Mr. Sellers, who was then living in Lansdowne, became an active member of Lansdowne United Methodist Church, a Mason and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan invited Mr. Sellers to the White House to receive a commendation for exemplary volunteer service, family members said.

Mr. Sellers continued his volunteerism after moving to Lake Park, Fla., where he lived for a decade until settling in Owings Mills.

He joined Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge No. 145 in Reisterstown. He also resumed delivering meals for Meals on Wheels.

Mr. Sellers enjoyed collecting rare coins.

"His real hobby was volunteering," said his daughter, Deborah S. Cohen, of Owings Mills.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

Also surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Eula Ballinger; and three grandchildren.

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