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Thomas Beren/Benjamin "Tommy" Selders
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Birth: May 23, 1884
Wyoming
Stark County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1940
Bloomington
McLean County
Illinois, USA

Thomas B Selders was born the son of John Wesley Selders and Caroline Mefford Selders. Leaving home at an early age, he was befriended and mentored by Will Shelper, the founder of the Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington (still active 2010). Together they had a candy store and a long, close friendship. Tommy married Adra Eliza Ross and they raised 7 children - Mildred (David Barr), Helen (Wallace Calvert), Carolyn (John Mays), Ross (Helen Broughton), Charlotte (Marshall Crumbaker), Paul (Jeanne Bethea)and Elinor (Ralph Troyer). Tom and his father-in-law built the family home at 508 S Moore St, Bloomington IL, around 1917 from a Sears Roebuck kit. "Buddy" Tom was such a strong, positive influence on his family that grandchildren and great-grandchildren who never met him still talk of him as if they spent hours by his side. He was a highly honorable and very well respected Christian family man.


The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington IL, Monday, September 9, 1940
TOM SELDERS, BELL WIRE CHIEF, DIES
Had Been Ill for Some Time
Thomas Benjamin Selders, 56, of 508 South Moore street died at 9:38pm Sunday in the Mennonite hospital where he had been since Tuesday. He had been ill some time.
The body was removed to the Beck memorial home where funeral services will be held at 1:30pm Wednesday and at 2pm at the Centennial Christian church.
Mr. Selders, better known merely as Tom than by his full name, was wire chief for the Bell Telephone company and had been an employe of the telephone company 24 years. Previous to this he had been a partner in a candy store here.
He was born May 23, 1884, in Wyoming, Ill., son of John Wesley and Caroline Mefford Selders. He married Miss Adra Ross May 31, 1905, in Bloomington. He had been a resident of Bloomington since boyhood.
Surviving are the widow and seven children, Mrs. David Barr, Mrs. Wallace Calvert and Ross Selders, all of rural route 2, Bloomington; Mrs. John Mays, r. r. 1; Miss Charlotte, Paul and Miss Elinor, all at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Miss Mattie Selders of Chicago, Miss Almeda of Seattle, Wash., and a brother, Jack of Peoria.
He was a charter member of the Centennial Christian church, associated with G. A. R. post No. 7 and the Sons of Union Veterans No. 29 and its auxiliary organization. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, DeMolay commandery, Knights Templar and Bloomington Consistory.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Wesley Selders (1835 - 1902)
  Caroline Mefford Selders (1854 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  Adra Eliza Ross Selders (1884 - 1965)*
 
 Children:
  Mildred Harrietta Selders Barr (1907 - 2000)*
  Helen Viola Selders Calvert (1911 - 2002)*
  Elsie "Carolyn" Selders Mays (1913 - 1998)*
  Ross T. Selders (1915 - 1992)*
  Charlotte Maude Selders Crumbaker (1918 - 1997)*
  Harry Paul Selders (1921 - 1994)*
  Adra Elinor Selders Troyer (1923 - 2014)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Beren/Benjamin Selders (1884 - 1940)
  John Wesley Selders (1886 - 1961)*
  Mattie Eveline Selders Morris (1889 - 1966)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum
Bloomington
McLean County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Hillcrest Section, Lot 6, Space 6
 
Created by: Margo Troyer Hollingswor...
Record added: May 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52673773
Thomas Beren/Benjamin Tommy Selders
Added by: Margo Troyer Hollingsworth
 
Thomas Beren/Benjamin Tommy Selders
Added by: Margo Troyer Hollingsworth
 
Thomas Beren/Benjamin Tommy Selders
Added by: Margo Troyer Hollingsworth
 
 
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Love you, Grandpa.
- Sharon Frizzell
 Added: May. 26, 2013
Buddy, the big regret of my life is that I never knew you... but you live on the the stories and jokes and memories of the older cousins, so you are very very real to many of us "younger" ones. We try hard to live up to the examples you set fo us!
- Margo Troyer Hollingsworth
 Added: May. 21, 2010
 
 
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