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Selby C. Coomer

September 20, 1935 — March 29, 2024


Selby C. Coomer

With hearts full of gratitude for a life overflowing with love and kindness, we bid farewell to a remarkable soul, Rev. Selby Creel Coomer, who peacefully transitioned to his heavenly home at the age of 88 on Good Friday, March 29th, 2024. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a doting grandfather, and a compassionate minister whose light touched countless lives. Selby was a beacon of warmth and empathy to all who knew him. His legacy of compassion, devotion, and unwavering faith will continue on in those fortunate to have known him. 

Selby was born on September 20, 1935, in Adair County, Kentucky. As a child and later young adult, he attended Morris Chapel Church, also in Adair County. On November 27, 1954, Selby and Shirley Keltner, were united in marriage. Shortly after, he served for two years in the United States Army.  After his service as a young man he accepted the call to ministry. As a United Methodist minister, Selby served the Lord for over fifty years in churches throughout Cumberland Co., Green Co., Webster Co., Henderson Co., and Crittenden Co. Selby and Shirley resided in Graves County and attended First United Methodist Church in Mayfield, Ky. He also was a member of the Dixon Masonic Lodge #911, where he was a past Master.

Though his physical presence may be gone, his spirit lives on in the countless lives he touched and the memories he created. He is survived by his wife Shirley Keltner Coomer, a son Dexter (Renee’) Coomer, a daughter Donna Coomer Bumpus, grandchildren Whitney Cates (Christopher), Hillary Bumpus, Wesley Coomer, and Mitchell Bumpus. Great grandchildren, Eli, Micah, and Hannah Cates. Three brothers Loy (Rita) Coomer, Dalton Coomer, Darrell (Connie) Coomer and one sister Carolyn Coomer, sister-in-laws Annette Coomer, Virginia Coomer, brother-in-law Larry (Joyce) Keltner and several nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his parents, Herbert Jerome and Gladys Munday Coomer, he is preceded in death by seven brothers, Woodson, Maxie, Glenn, Alton, Garry, Larry, and John Wayne Coomer and sister-in-law Faye Coomer. 

Services to honor and remember Rev. Selby Coomer’s life will be held on Tuesday April 2nd, 2024 at 11AM at Townsend Funeral Home in Dixon, Kentucky. Rev. Jeff Graham and Bro. Greg Ranes will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Dixon, KY. Visitation will be from 4pm-8pm on Monday and from 8am until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. Masonic Services will be held at 6pm on Monday at the funeral home. Hopkins County Honor Guard will perform Military Rites at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oak Grove Cemetery Fund c/o Chad Townsend PO Box 238 Dixon, KY 42409 in honor of Selby’s legacy of compassion and service. Online condolences can be made at

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