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12/23/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Beverly Kline Sellers

Beverly Kline Sellers
(13 Nov 1934 - 20 Dec 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is sad news to report this Sunday morning.       Beverly Kline Sellers, Class of 1952, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the age of 78.  May her memory be for a blessing always.

  Beverly Kline Sellers



NEWPORT NEWS - Beverly Kline Sellers was born on November 13, 1934 to Gerald Bangle Kline and Virginia Arch Kline, the former of Portsmouth and the latter of Newport News.

She is directly survived by her son, Eric Green, his wife, Debbie Green, who reside in Dallas, Texas; and three grandsons, Scott and Adam, who reside in New York City and Brian, who resides in Dallas.

She died on December 20, 2012. The causes of her death were various complications which developed while she fought cancer.

Ms. Sellers often spoke of the idyllic childhood she experienced in Newport News, which culminated when she graduated from Newport News High School.

Beverly Kline Sellers

She subsequently matriculated to the University of Miami and then returned to Newport News to work for Kline Furniture Company, on Jefferson Avenue, as its bookkeeper and financial officer.

She met the love of her life in approximately 1970: Lt. Col. Mitchel Sellers, a Rockingham, North Carolina born artillery officer in the US army who fought bravely in Vietnam and Korea after he graduated from North Carolina State University.

They married less than two years later. He subsequently obtained his Masters degree from William and Mary, and then, after moving to Buies Creek, North Carolina, they returned to Newport News, where Mr. Sellers soon became CEO of Kline Furniture and Ms. Sellers soon retired, an exchange of vocations which suited both of them. Mr. Sellers died of prostate cancer in 1994 after his 55th birthday, and Ms. Sellers never fully recovered from the loss.

Ms. Sellers had, like her mother, a special artistic quality. She knew colors, fabrics and decoration. She loved to travel to the furniture market in High Point, North Carolina, with her mother or with friends, where she saw the most recent designs. She personally modified a house plan she saw in Good Housekeeping magazine and built a wonderful home for Mr. Sellers and herself on Blount Point Road, which she decorated and landscaped (in the front yard) with only pine needles and pine trees. Like all her design projects, it was beautiful.

Ms. Sellers was also excellent with numbers. She was not creative, in a numbers sense, but she was accurate. Any mistake, no matter how small, became a problem which required resolution. She often found tiny mistakes in how interest was being calculated in her brokerage account or bank account. Her records were meticulous and were, in a world of computer spreadsheets, all kept by hand.

Ms. Sellers loved dogs. She had two successive poodles, Bridget and Gus. After Mr. Sellers' death, it was her love for Gus, and the relationships she had with her close friends and neighbors, which provided her with the warmth and companionship she needed.

Ms. Sellers sold her Blount Point Road home approximately 15 years ago and purchased a home with a marvelous pond view in Kingsmill, Williamsburg, which she decorated with her typical aplomb. It was there she fought her last illness in an exceptionally brave way.

She was a member of Temple Sinai and a lifetime member of Hadassah.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 23, 2012 by Rabbi Scott Gurdin. Donations in Ms. Sellers name should be made to An Achievable Dream Academy of Newport News. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on December 23, 2012.   
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December 23, 2012
She was a lovely lady, and a wonderful friend. I will miss her.

~ Mary Claire Aston

December 23, 2012

Beverly was a remarkable woman who brightened any room she entered. Our family especially enjoyed all her visits to 8 Booth with Gus. My mother 'babysat' Gus during many of Beverly's travels and we all fell in love with him.

Beverly's intellect and beauty were astounding and we are blessed that she graced this earth for as long as she did. Her dignity in the face of multiple cancers was inspiring.

My father had few female friends, but Beverly was high on his list as someone he respected and admired. After his death, Beverly became a close friend to all of us and I'm glad of the time I spent with her.

An amazing woman!!

~ Laurie Drucker, Austin, Texas

December 23, 2012

Beverly was my neighbor on Blount Point. I first met her when her husband was ill. She took very good care of him! And after his passing I kept Bridget for her when she would go out shopping for a long day. She was a very amazing, straight forward, woman and gave me some very excellent advice on occasion. I was a new mother and she would walk Bridget while I pushed my stroller. She introduced me to another one of our neighbors who passed away several years ago. I was very sad when she moved to Williamsburg and I still think of the "pine house" as Beverly's house. I unfortunately read of the service for today just before dinner or I would have been there to say goodbye. My prayers are with her family.

ber 25, 2012
Bev was a 1952 NNHS classmate and friend of mine. Col. Mitchel Sellers and Bev were neighbors of ours when we lived on Blount Court. They were frequent guests at our home and we enjoyed their friendship. I have some good pictures of Bev I would like to give Eric if you could contact me at 757-___-____. I will miss her very much.

~ Dot Leggette, Newport News, Virginia

December 26, 2012

I have been the captain of the Kingsmill Relay for Life team for several years now, and Beverly was a valuable member of our team. It was actually Beverly who motivated us to have a team in the first place! She was very dedicated, enthusiastic, and well-organized. We were very fortunate to have Beverly on our team, and we will all surely miss her! My prayers go out to her son and his family.

~ Cheryl Voliva, Williamsburg, Virginia

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Beverly's family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Oseh Shalom

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