George "Tody" Selden, Jr. passed away December 6, 2002 after a short battle with Leukemia. Selden is a native of San Bernardino. He was born July 8, 1943 to George and Estell Selden. His father was originally from Grove Hill, Alabama and his mother was from Victorville.
He attended local schools and graduated from San Bernardino High School and attended Southern University in Louisiana, San Bernardino Valley College, and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Engineering. He was one of the first Blacks on the San Bernardino High School competitive swim team.
Upon graduation from college he joined the California Highway Patrol. When he left the Highway Patrol he went to work in the aerospace industry.
In the late 1960s he met and married his second wife Verna and started a family-owned construction company, Selden Construction. His company was successful in securing several state highway contracts. They lived in Fontana for 18 years before moving to Hesperia. After the death of Verna he moved to northern California but the cold weather sent him back south to San Diego.
He became a life saver for the East County Grading and Paving Company. His expertise in the business helped bring the company to profitability.
Selden was very active in youth sports. He was a volunteer coach for Jr. All-American Football, and served as an umpire for baseball and softball teams also in Hesperia.
From his birth to his death he was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was a member of the male choir. He was baptized early at St. Paul A.M.E. and when he moved to San Diego transferred his membership to Bethel A.M.E., San Diego.
Left to cherish his memory are: son Jeffery Logan of Burbank, CA, daughter Gena Selden of San Bernardino, George Selden, III of San Diego, CA, daughter Leslie Daniels of Fontana, brother Glenn Selden of Colton, sister Beverly Carmouche of Portland, OR, aunts Elsie Shorrod of San Bernardino, Christina Keel of Adelanto, 6 nieces and nephews and 5 grandchildren, his fiancée Thelma Route of San Diego, and a host of friends and relatives.
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