Seleta Shaw London Stacy, age 77, of St. Marys, GA (formerly of Fairburn) passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Mrs. London-Stacy was born and raised in Fulton County and spent her entire career educating young men and women in the communities of Palmetto and Fairburn. Seleta was born August 21, 1940 in Atlanta and raised in Fairburn, GA. She was educated in the Fairburn public schools and graduated in 1958 from Campbell High School. Blessed with a talent for music, Seleta was a frequent soloist and piano/organ player throughout her youth. She sang her first solo in 1949 at a WMU meeting. The remainder of her life she used her musical talents to serve the Lord. In addition to her singing and playing keyboard, she worked with children’s choirs and played handbells. She instilled a love of music to her children and grandchildren.
She graduated from Tift College in Forsyth, GA, in 1962 with her B.S. in Elementary Education. She did graduate work at the University of Georgia. Seleta began her teaching career in Union City, GA. In 1964, she met Jack R. London and they began a relationship that would last for over 37 years. They were the first couple married in the new sanctuary building at the First Baptist Church of Fairburn on June 20, 1965. Following the birth of their first child, she became a homemaker until their youngest child entered first grade in 1974. At that time, Seleta returned to the classroom at Charles E. Riley Elementary School where she would work for the next 15 years teaching fifth, sixth and seventh grade social studies. She began her tenure at Bear Creek Middle School where she would conclude her professional career in 1999. Over the span of her career, she taught nearly 2,000 students including her own children, LeAnn London Bunch and Allen Shaw London.
Following Jack’s death in October 2002, she remained in Fairburn as a retired educator, working part-time for the First Baptist Church. She became involved with the Tift College Alumnae Association serving as a member of its Board of Directors. Another organization which she devoted numerous volunteer hours was Delta Kappa Gamma Society International where she served as president of the Alpha Nu Chapter for four years.
In 2007, she renewed a friendship with Mr. James Stacy who she had met nearly 45 years earlier at Union City Elementary School where they both taught. Seleta and James married in 2013 and settled in James’ adopted home of St. Marys. Over the past five years, they have been very active in the Camden County community including active membership at the St. Marys Presbyterian Church.
Seleta was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Rodell London, and her parents, the late Ernest Victor Shaw and Floried Duncan Shaw. She is survived by her second husband, James T. Stacy of St. Marys; daughter, LeAnn London Bunch (Leonard) of Newport News, VA; son, Allen Shaw London (Eve) of Macon, GA; step-son, Thomas P. Stacy (Danielle) of Jacksonville, FL; brother, William Duncan Shaw, of Newnan, GA; granddaughter, Carrie Ann Bunch Walters (Chris) of Holland, MI; grandsons: William Leonard Bunch of Newport News, VA, Jackson Shaw London of Macon, Hendley Tison London of Macon; great-grandson, Tucker Schwind of Holland, MI; great-granddaughter, Ella Walters of Holland, MI; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Georgia and beyond.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks the medical staff of UF Health Jacksonville for the caregiving provided to Seleta over the past month.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11 o’clock at the First Baptist Church of Fairburn with Dr. Oscar Cope officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park with Rev. Rick Douylliez officiating. Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at www.parrottfuneralhome.com
The family will receive friends on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home 8335 Senoia Road Fairburn, GA 30213 770-964-4800.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of St. Marys Presbyterian Church St. Marys, GA, with the Reverend Rick Douylliez officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fairburn 23 Malone Street, SE Fairburn, GA 30213; the Tift College of Education Mercer University 1501 Mercer University Drive Macon, GA 31207; or, the St. Marys Presbyterian Church 100 E. Conyers Street, St. Marys, GA 31558.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.