Nelson Sellers, Sr.

Nelson Sellers, Sr., age 88, of Cleveland, formerly of Cornelia, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.

Born on July 24, 1935, in Banks County, he was the son of the late George Lawrence Sellers and Otis Cash Sellers. Mr. Sellers served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force for eight years and went on to retire from the Army National Guard. He also worked for a number of years at Chicopee and Habersham Central. Mr. Sellers was a member of Hillside Baptist Church and the Grant-Reeves VFW Post #7720. Those who knew him best knew he had a big heart and helped many who were struggling over the years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Dover Sellers and daughter, Nancy Lawson.

Survivors include his son, Nelson Sellers, Jr.; daughters and son-in-law: Loretta Futch (Tony) and Barbara Patton; stepson and his spouse, Steven Benfiel (Debra); grandchildren: Joshua Higdon, Anna Higdon, Daryl Harrelson, Jessie Patton, Juanita Patton, Alisa Patton, and Nicholas Benfiel (Trinity); and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff at Gateway Health and Rehab for taking such good care of Nelson.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am on Friday, December 1, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart, with military honors provided by the Grant-Reeves Veteran’s Honor Guard. Interment will be held in Yonah Memorial Gardens. All family and friends should meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hillside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 726, Cornelia, Georgia 30531, or to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, Georgia 30511.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

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