Collis Dixon Sellman was born in Dallas Texas on March 20, 1934 to Collis Fred and Marguerite Sellman. He graduated from Bridgeport High School and attended North Texas State University. He also served two years in the U S Army and received a honorable discharge. On May 15, 1955, he married Billye Sue Kelley.
Collis came from a newspaper family, and he followed that profession. Between the years of 1961 and 1998, Collis and Billye owned The Valley Mills Tribune, The Crawford Sun and The Progress newspapers. Collis said his most satisfying times were publishing The Progress; his favorite aspect of the newspaper was covering sports. He only missed four George West Longhorn football games in 21 years. Collis was a 25 year member of the Three Rivers Lions Club. During the 21 years he was in George West, he received numerous awards and recognitions for his service to the community. He received the Citizen of the Year award in George West. The couple were also named Community Builders by the George West Masonic Lodge. The Live Oak County Fair Board annual fair catalog was dedicated to him before his retirement. Following retirement, Collis wrote "From Acorns To Live Oaks," which was published by the Grace Armantrout Museum. He was a member, Sunday school teacher and deacon of the First Baptist Churches, Valley Mills and George West. He later became a member of the Holly Lake Church of Christ.
Collis was proceeded in death by a son, Collis Michael and parents, Fred and Marguerite Sellman.
Left to cherish his memory are son Steve Sellman and wife Susan, daughter Kelley Rogers and husband James; granddaughter, Hillary Sellman; sisters, Nancy Dugan and husband Jim, Sue Womack and husband Gilbert; brothers, Bob Sellman and wife Linda, John Sellman and wife Pam; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Collis will be remembered for his love and devotion for his family, his enthusiasm for football, his service to his communities and his passion for reading.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.