He would come back often. I last chatted with Lee Roy at his nephew's wedding a few years ago, and watching all the Selmons laugh and love at the outdoor reception, nine siblings and their descendants strong, it was easy to picture bygone days, back on the farm. A monument to Jessie and Lucious Sr.
A few years ago, Lee Roy was honored as a distinguished graduate of OU's College of Education (he and Dewey were academic all-Americans).
That night Lee Roy told a story, how part of his Special Education degree included a field trip to a Pauls Valley facility that housed mentally and physically handicapped.
Lee Roy's OU professor told him words that the gentle giant never forgot. The people in that facility “in reality are more like you than they are different from you."
Wouldn't it be something if we all could say the same about Lee Roy Selmon?
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