Second funeral being held for Lee Roy Selmon today

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Lutz, Florida - UPDATE: A second funeral for Lee Roy Selmon is being held today at 1 p.m. at The First Southern Baptist Church at 6400 S. Sooner Road in Oklahoma City. 

Among those slated to speak, Former University of Oklahoma head football coach, Barry Switzer. Coach Switzer has said Selmon was the best player he ever coached.

Selmon, 56, died Sunday after suffering a stroke on Friday.

Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Lee Roy Selmon on Friday morning. That service for the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Hall of Famer was at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Florida.

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Morris Fonte, Jr. attended. He says he met Selmon because his father once handled the dry cleaning for the Bucs at Fonte Cleaners. He says Lee Roy always had time to talk with him, shake hands and visit.

Fonte says, "You think about somebody like Lee Roy as far as healthy on the field and such a great football player to go so quick."

Jesse White and Joseph Sims attended the service with Fonte. White says, "Such a loss."

They all said they felt they had to pay their respects to the man that was so kind to them.

Lee Roy Selmon grew up on a farm in Eufaula, Oklahoma. His brother, Dewey, told the crowd inside the church that Lee Roy was born at home. He remembered all the love and laughter they shared. Dewey told the crowd a story about how he and his brothers would go to church on Sunday.

"It's not macho to ride in the wagon. We would hop on the horses to go to church." He says Lee Roy seemed to fall off the horses more than anyone else.

Ronde Barber, a cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attended with the rest of his teammates. Former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams, former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn and former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks were also there.

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The entire University of South Florida football team was also present. Teammates wore their green jerseys inside the sanctuary. Many wore shirts and ties underneath.

Selmon worked at USF, where he was the associate athletic director starting in 1993. He served as the athletic director from May 2001 until he stepped down in February 2004 due to his health.

USF President Judy Genshaft announced at the service that the athletic center will now be named "The Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center".

Selmon played college ball at the University of Oklahoma with his brothers, Lucious and Dewey. The three played together during the 1973 season.

Lee Roy and his brother Dewey were both chosen as All-Americans in 1975 when the Sooners won their second straight championship under head coach Barry Switzer.

Head football coach Bob Stoops traveled from Oklahoma to attend the service and says, "Our players today still are very much aware of the Selmon family and the legacy of Lee Roy Selmon and what an amazing player he was and if it's even possible an even more amazing person he was."

That's why former University of Oklahoma football player Dale Allen and Martin Chase wanted to attend. They drove from Orlando to pay their respects.

Chase says, "Me and Dale - we're both Oklahoma born and raised. We went to the University of Oklahoma because of the Selmon brothers. Lee Roy was a big influence on both of our lives."

As tough as the service was on Friday for the Selmon family they will have to endure the sadness again on Saturday during the service set in Oklahoma City. Lee Roy Selmon will be laid to rest in Oklahoma.

He leaves behind a wife named Claybra and three children, Brandy, Lee Roy, Jr. and Christopher.

 

 

Tammie Fields, 10 News

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