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Don Allen Sellers

Don Allen Sellers, affectionately known as “The Mayor of Linden” was born December 4, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio to Bishop Eli and Mary Louise (Holmes) Sellers. The youngest of three siblings, Don immediately found a knack for sports and music. Don was a loving son, husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and uncle who passed away after a short illness on May 15, 2023.

A proud 1978 graduate of Linden-McKinley High School, Don cultivated his love of sports. During his time as a student, he played basketball, football and ran track. He played on the Panthers’ 1976 State Semifinal and the 1977 State Title basketball teams, with Ohio Player of the Year, Todd Penn. After graduating Don headed west to Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon to play football.

Don lived his life in love of basketball, community, family and shenanigans; he was the life of the party. His journey afforded him the opportunity to serve as an NBA scout for the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trailblazers and New Orleans Pelicans. He also served as the Director of Player Development for the Harlem Globetrotters East Coast Team, head coach of International Championship teams for the Chinese Basketball Association, Lebanese Basketball Association and the Hong Kong National Team. He served as Director of USA player personnel in Beirut, Lebanon. He also served on the coaching staff of minor league championship teams in Rochester, NY (2008 & 2016) and Yakima, WA (1998).

Don is preceded in death by his father, Bishop Eli Sellers, sister Lillie Mae Sellers, brother Eli Jerome Sellers, grandmother Lillie Mae Holmes, son-in-law Wayne Joyner and granddaughters, Whitney Joyner and Imani Jazlynn Dominguez-Coffey.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Mary Louise Sellers of Columbus, OH, wife Sharon Taylor Sellers, daughters Debbie Joyner of Caldwell, ID and Taija Coffey of Umatilla, OR; sons Rashad DeBose (Nikitta) and Emanuel DeBose (Shanelle); grandchildren Melice (Jose) Barber and Mekea Rodriguez of Caldwell, ID, Nyah Dominguez-Coffey of Umatilla, OR, Davy Wheeler, Rashad DeBose, Jr., Lailani DeBose, Amierah DeBose, Amyiah DeBose, A’Ryiah DeBose; great granddaughter Tru Wheeler; sister-in-law/second mom Virgie Sellers; nieces, nephews and a host of cousins and other family members, special friends of which there are too numerous to name, friends who were his family and a host of people who played or loved the game of basketball from around the world.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, 2283 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Sellers Family, visit

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