Beatrice, who was called Bea by her family and friends, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 8, 2017, after a
long struggle with dementia.
Bea was born in Chesterfield, South Carolina, in March of 1927, to John and Lillie May Sellers. After high school,
she worked locally at Springmaid Mills and helped to support her eight siblings.
In 1952, Bea met a handsome young sailor, Jerry Myers, from Decatur, Illinois (Bea’s family fondly refers to him as
“the Yankee”), who swept his beautiful Southern belle off her feet. Bea and Jerry were married six months later at
White Springs Baptist Church in Lancaster, South Carolina. They soon moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where Bea had
their first child, Sandra, while her young husband was deployed. Two years later, Jerry moved Bea to his
hometown, Decatur, Illinois, to start their life together. They had two more daughters, Linda and Vicki, while living
Bea trained as a cosmetician at Merle Norman Cosmetics, and later joined the Luzier Cosmetics sales team as a skin-
care consultant. Bea was also an excellent seamstress who copied designs she saw in local dress shops so that her
girls could wear the latest styles. The family attended Riverside Baptist Church, where Jerry was a deacon and Bea
sang in the choir. At the time of her death, Bea and Jerry had been married for sixty-four years.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patricia Snipes of Charleston, South Carolina, and Ruth
Griffin of Pageland, South Carolina; and three brothers, John Sellers of Clinton, Tennessee, and Aaron Sellers and
Delbert Sellers, both of Lancaster, South Carolina.
Bea is survived by her husband Jerry; a sister, Ann Dobson of Alexandria, Virginia; two brothers, Howard Sellers
of Lancaster, South Carolina, and Thomas Sellers, of Charlotte, North Carolina; three daughters, Sandra Long
(Allen) of Raleigh, North Carolina; Linda Bowman (Barry) of Glen Burnie, Maryland; and Vicki Dewiel (Dale) of
Prospect, Ohio; four grandchildren, Justin and Brandon Bowman and Isaac and Megan Dewiel; and one great-
granddaughter, Alyssa Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear family friends.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Macon Cemetery, where Bea will be
interred. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association. Tanzyus Logan
Funeral Service and Care. Please sign family guestbook www.tanzyuslogan.com.