William Elford Selby

November 29, 2023

William Selby Obituary

William Elford Selby, born on August 14th 1931 in Russell County, Kentucky to Lilburn and

Myrtie “Bloyd” Selby, grew up alongside two brothers, Orvis and Herlon Selby and had a

sister who passed away in infancy. His roots were deeply planted on the Selby family

farm, shaping his values and character.

During the Korean War, he honorably served in the Navy aboard the Destroyer USS

Hale and fatefully met the mother of his children during shore leave in Boston. In 1955,

like many others, he transitioned to city life, securing a job with General Electric in

Louisville. Then he married Caroline Bennett twice! Once in Kentucky and again in

Massachusetts, they had 2 daughters and a son.

After experiencing life’s twists, including divorce, he retired from General Electric

after 30+ years and returned to the family farm thereafter. This rustic haven remained

his home until just a few weeks ago, a testament to his deep connection of his origins.

William believed in God and displayed a profound love for every creature on Earth,

refraining from causing harm even to a mouse. He dearly loved his pets, everything

from a pet box turtle to his late dog and kitty cat “Tiger.”

On 29 November 2023 he returned to his maker, leaving behind cherished memories

for his daughters, Linda (Tom) Caldwell, Teresa (Steve) Scherffius, sons David Selby,

William (Ashley) Kinnaird, Kasey (Kinnaird) Meece, like a daughter to him, six grandchildren and nine great

grandchildren, as well as many other friends and family.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8, 2023 from 10AM until 11:45 CENTRAL TIME at Wilson

Funeral Home, 391 East Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, Kentucky,  followed by graveside Military Honors at 1:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME at Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky

In honor of his compassionate spirit, the family suggests donating to your local animal shelter in lieu of sending flowers.

Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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December 8, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Wilson Funeral Home
391 E. Steve Wariner Dr.
Russell Springs, KY 42642

Funeral Service
December 8, 2023

12:00 PM
Wilson Funeral Home
391 E. Steve Wariner Dr.
Russell Springs, KY 42642


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