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Services to honor and remember the life of Brandon Ray Sellers will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at the Foyil High School Gymnasium. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with Brandon's Care. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening, Feb. 25, 2016 from 3-7. Family will receive visitors from 5-7 that same evening. Brandon passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at the age of 40. Brandon was the eldest child of Bobby Ray and Jackie Lynn (Walkingstick) Sellers. He was born Sept. 10, 1975 in Tulsa but spent all of his growing up years in the rural community of Foyil, Oklahoma. He was quite the big brother, keeping Justin in line and protecting little sisters Andrea and Autum. He was both highly intelligent and athletically gifted. It worked very well to be able to complete all your homework before school was out-leaving much more time to practice and participate in sporting events. When just a young boy, he wanted to learn to catch a football just like the pros. So his dad, who a pretty good athlete in his own right, and Brandon went to the back yard. Before long the “good hands” of Brandon Sellers made catching those passed second nature. In junior high and high school, Foyil had quite the football team-two Sellers boys taking the field on Friday nights. Brandon was an All-State Athlete. And his skills weren’t just limited to football. When he graduated from Foyil High School with many scholastic awards and a football scholarship, he attended the Bethel College in Kansas. Since he was so close to his family, he only stayed away a year before returning to Oklahoma. He worked for Coca-Cola and then joined the Army to serve his country for the next two years. Brandon was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State when he met Kaycee Gilliam. The two began a courtship and decided to marry just two months later. They married July 30, 1999 in Portland, Ore. Oregon was home until 2003 when they moved to Oklahoma. In the late 2000s they returned to Oregon to be near Kaycee’s family once again. In 2013 they chose to move to Oklahoma and made the quiet, family oriented area of Sequoyah, Oklahoma the place to rear their two children. Brandon was full of endless energy and worked tirelessly to provide well for his beloved family. In recent years he has been employed by Graybar Electric Company. At the same time, he attended college, earning a bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and was progressing toward a doctorate. He was also focused on earning a degree in education so his passion of teaching and coaching young people could become a full time effort. When son, Kellen and daughter, Peyton began to participate in sports-something that came naturally for both, Brandon was coaching. With such a heart for young people, he loved nothing more than mentoring and teaching. Brandon wanted to help each child grow and develop into all they could be as individuals. He was never too busy to give into the lives of “his kids.” Every parent who had a child on Brandon’s teams felt grateful for the strength of character he exemplified to their child. The world is better because of the loving, giving, nurturing and protecting heart which was Brandon Sellers. Though forty years is little time, he positively affected the lives of so many. He will be forever loved and remembered by both his many friends and his beloved family. Those family members who survive are his wife, Kaycee of their home in Claremore, his children, Kellen and Peyton Sellers also of the home in Claremore and Illiana Sellers of Sand Springs, parents, Bobby and Jackie, siblings Justin Sellers and Kelli, Andrea Davis and David, Autum Vandenameele and Brandon all of Claremore, nieces and nephews, Abby, Avery, Lauren, Connor, Chase, Ciara, Melianna and Toa, grandparents Linden and Lorene Walkingstick of Chelsea and Anna Mae Sellers of Claremore, mother and father-in-law, Ron and Marilyn Gilliam of Oregon, Brother and sister-in-law, Shawn and Leaha Gillium of California. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Calvin Sellers.
Published on  February 25, 2016
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