ATLANTA – A Middle Georgia state representative passed away suddenly Tuesday night.
State Rep. Tony Sellier, R-Fort Valley, died as a result of congestive heart failure, The (Macon) Telegraph reported. Born in Point-a-Pierre, Trinidad, Sellier, 65, represented all or parts of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Lamar, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties; he was elected to the state House in 2006 and was re-elected to his third term last month.
“Today, we are hurting as we mourn the loss of Tony. He was one of the most decent and honorable individuals to serve the state of Georgia,” House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said in a statement.
“The integrity and honor he brought to public service and the exceptional care he had for those he served will be a lasting tribute to his memory,” Ralston added. “Though we grieve at this time, we take comfort in the assurance that he rests with God, secure in the promise of eternal life.”
Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered flags on state facilities to fly at half staff on the day of Sellier’s funeral.
“Tony’s compelling personal history, along with his deep commitment to faithfully representing his constituents, made him one of the most respected members of the Georgia General Assembly,” Perdue said in a statement. “We join all of Middle Georgia in praying for God’s comfort and peace for his wife Judye, their three children and ten grandchildren, and for the entire Fort Valley community that Tony loved so dearly.”