Mrs. Ruby V. Sellers
Ruby Virginia Barnes Sellers was born in Collins, Mississippi on January 16, 1920, to the late Reverend Dr. Dewey B. and Virgie Posey Barnes. She was the eldest of six children: three sisters Ruthie Barnes Lee, Lois Barnes Thurston, and Callie B. Barnes; and two brothers, Oree Barnes and O.C. Barnes, all of whom preceded her in death. She was called to her heavenly home on Monday, April 22, 2019, in Collins, MS.
Ruby accepted Christ at an early age at Shady Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Collins MS. She followed her father, the Rev. D.B. Barnes, faithfully as he ministered at churches throughout the region.
She completed high school in the Rankin County School system and attended Piney Woods College. Due to her mother’s illness, she could not continue. However, she never lost her zeal for learning. She continued her education at Wesley Biblical Seminary completing several theology courses and programs. Education remained at the forefront of her life. It was such a priority that she and her husband made sure that all of their children completed college degrees.
In April 1942 she married the love of her life, William Casey Sellers. From that union, five children were born. Three children, William Casey Sellers Jr., Zara Sellers White, and Aaron Dewey Sellers preceded her in death. After marriage, Ruby joined Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church and continued her work serving her Lord and Savior.
Ruby Sellers’ love for God and his people was evident in her daily walk. She served her church and community and was an organizer who knew how to bring people together. Her life was a shining example of what it meant to be a Christian.
She was an active leader and servant in the church. She sang in the choir, worked in pastors’ aide council, supported church education including BYTU, and hosted a women’s prayer circle that met at members’ homes weekly. Mrs. Sellers worked tirelessly championing innovative church programs discovered through her missionary travels - including the Christian church flags that yet stand in many churches including Mary Grove MB Church. She led many building fund projects over the years from adding classrooms, purchasing new pews, Bibles and hymnals for the pews to one of many remodeling efforts at the church. She invested much time and effort in organizing one of the first vacation bible school sessions in collaboration with what was then a new program called Voice of Calvary Ministries. Mary Grove Church was her life.
She served in a variety of leadership roles in the church. She was a Sunday teacher for over 50 years and served until her health began to fail. No one ever left her class without being inspired, enlighten and encourage. Even as the church expanded, she taught her Sunday School class in the same location: the front far-left corner of the church. She was the president of Mary Grove’s Mission Society for decades and had a long tenure as president of the Simpson and Adjourning Counties’ Mission Association. While in that role, she was a part of the leadership in the Mississippi Baptist General Convention Women’s division. Mrs. Sellers traveled for many years to the National Baptist Convention with her father and served in various capacities.
Further, she was a noted Bible scholar and speaker. She served as Women’s Day speaker at churches throughout Mississippi. Not only did she serve in the church, she ministered outside the walls of the church. When she was not speaking formally, studied the word daily. Should you happen to stop by while she was studying, you’d receive the word for the day from the “porch”. She always spoke truth thru scripture.
While Mrs. Sellers never worked outside the home, she was a hard worker. So selfless… always placing other’s needs above hers. Her work was never done. She had a few hobbies that she was passionate about. Farming, gardening, reading, and quilting were among her favorites. Attending to flowers was her passion; she loved planting, nurturing and watching her plants grow. No one could grow a fern quite like her. While she said she grew her vegetable garden because it made her happy to have her own food, the truth was that her happiness came from giving the harvest away. She was also an avid reader, enquiring and knowledge seeking. She would read anything informative, especially religious materials and the Readers Digest.
Mrs. Sellers (or Madea, as her family called her), had the loves in her life in the proper alignment -- God, her husband “W.C”, and her family. She loved her children and their children. But she also loved the children of the greater Mary Grove community. She made it her duty to make sure they had food, clothing and knew God. On Sundays, she would have her husband pick up children and transport (because she didn’t drive) to church. She loved people and knew how to show them that they mattered
Visitation hours will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home, located at 886 N. Farish Street Jackson, MS 39202
Mrs. Sellers will Repose at Mary Grove M.B. Chuch Monday, April 29, 2019, from 11 a.m. - 12::50 p.m.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Mary Grove M.B. Church located at 602 Mary Grove Road - Mendenhall, Mississippi
Interment will follow at Mary Grove Church Cemetery