December 21, 1936 - October 9, 2021
Born December 21 1936, in Lake Charles Louisiana, Selena was the second daughter added to the Union of Avner Young and Alicia (Alice) Daniel. The untimely death of her father Avner, in 1938 left her mother Alice alone to raise Selena the youngest daughter, and 8 brothers and sisters, All who preceded her in death. William. Robert, Ruby, Leroy, Earl, and Oliver Simpson, Lillie, Avner Young. The children of her father from a previous marriage include Alfred, Lewiser. Bervick, Francis, Florence, Floyd, Claudis, and Alton Young. In the city of Lake Charles she live at 105 Libby St. Selena was education in the public schools of Calcasieu Parrish Louisiana were she learned the art of great penmanship. She attended W. O. Boston High School the first elementary and later name a high school (established in 1907) for colored children in Lake Charles, Louisiana. There she played on the basketball team and studied home economics. Mother fondly remembered walking home with her school friends for lunch in the afternoons. Selena was assiduous when it came to catching on to new skills. She learned to sew, cook and keep house at the her mothers’ knee. She often recalled how her mother used the croaker sacks to make their clothes without a pattern, so she learned to do the same. She gravitated to the sewing and became an excellent seamstress. Selena grew up in a community where church attendance was mandatory. She attended Mt Calvary Baptist church on Blake St. with her family and sang in the choir. In 1956 her family moved to Houston, Texas. There she met Freddie Lee Hills. Although the courtship was short their love was strong, so Ms. Alice consented to their union. Selena and Fred were joined in holy matrimony March 3, 1957. Their family of three (daughter Sharon Faye Young) grew rapidly with the addition of five more children. Winda Drew, Freddie Lee Jr., Pamala Renea, Cynthia Denise, and Juan Buschell. Selena with Fred owned and operated the Lockwood Dr. Laundry Cleaners. Their first home at 9305 Lanewood St in Houston was where Selena kept house, raised six children, and had a four course meal ready when her husband came home from work. Our mother was creative and good with a pair of scissors. During the holiday seasons Selena was called to work with major departments stores because of her gift wrapping skills. A young minister, Bro. Samuel Greer lead Selena and Fred to Christ in 1963. They were members of the Liberty Road Church of God under the pastorate of Bro John Erving. Soon the Griers along with Fred, Selena, and others began a new ministry, Shady Dale Church of God. Selena served as a Sunday School teacher and believed that fasting and praying was for everyone including her own children. Selena stood firming by Fred side in 1966 when he accepted the call to preach. At the behest of the Holy Spirit and the Church Fred, Selena and their six children moved to Detroit, MI to serve as the first family of the Zion Hill Church of God on Colfax St until 1972. Living in Detroit on Pallister Ave was a new experience for Selena that called for her to again work outside of the home. To keep a watchful eye on her children her vocational choice was the Public Schools System. She worked as an elementary school Para Paraprofessional at Fairbanks Elementary School, making sure her children were in attendance, on time and that their school work was complete. Her faith drew her to the house of God. In 1975 Selena joined Grace Temple Church Of God In Christ. With her Sister Lillie Carter, and 5 of her children, Selena served the church faithfully with the music ministry, sewing choir uniforms for her family, and giving generously to the spiritual and physical needs of the ministries. Selena met James Baker in Detroit, MI. They became fast friends and companions. They were interested in the well being of each other and decided to form a permanent bond in wedlock. They chose to elope and returned as husband and wife in 1984. 1994 with her husband James and daughter Wendy and grand children Selena relocated to Georgia. Selena and James purchased a home in the city of Fairburn on Campbellton St. Selena loved the Chruch and the worship experience, but most especially the WORD and powerful preaching. She always made it a priority to find a church home wherever she lived. In 1995 she was extended the right hand of fellowship by her loving pastors Bishop Aaron B, Dr. Lakita Lackey, and the Temple of Prayer Chruch members. Bishop Lackey loved her and bestowed upon her the title Church Mother. Mother Baker made it her primary concern to attend every weekly service, bible study and outing held by the church. Selena was faced with mounting health challenges in 2015 and relocated to Detroit, MI. With her daughter Sharon as her nurse and caregiver her strength was renewed and once again she sought a church home. Mother Baker joined True Love Ministries in 2016 under the pastorate of John E Anderson. Momma prayed earnestly for the salvation of her family and taught us to Love the Lord with all of our heart, mind and soul. She enjoyed the weekly pray call and loved to hear the singing and testimonies. The holidays were special to Selena and she made them special for her family. She planned early every year and looked forwarded to times for family gatherings, special dinners, or just spending time together with all of her children and extended family members. She loved fishing and would be ready with her pole whenever her there was someone up to the task of sitting at the waters edge all day. Her lips continued to praise God as her health declined. Mother Baker (momma) made her earthly transition from Jonesboro, Georgia to join a great crowd of witnesses on Saturday October 9. Selena was the last living member of her generation. She lived to see the birth of her first great, great, grand child Atoni Bradley. She welcomed twelve plus great grandchildren and knew them all by name. Selena was excited and joyful to see the family grow with the addition of John Wesley Bradley, IV. Solomon Isaiah Bradley, Apollo Jabez Bradley, Damon Michael Livingston, Ryan Marcus Hill, Andrew Jermaine Bradley, David Samuel Bradley, Rasheed Price, Michael Demetrius Hill, Jerome Bernard Price III, Aiden Lorenzo Shields, Demar Deshawn Mims, Steven Zurishaddai Bradley, Emanuel Ezekiel Bradley, Joshua Allen Mayfield, D’Angelo Darnell Mims Anna Bethel Bradley, Monae Katrina Hill, J’naya Danielle Bradley, Nay Shanea Price, Jeleah Bianca Price, Jada Moriah Bradley,. As a grandmother she was always stern. She demanded good manners, respect, and cleanliness. and doted on her thirteen grand children John Wesley Bradley, Jermaine Wendell Bradley, William Michael Livingston Jr., Freddie Lee Hills III. Jerome Bernard Price, Jr. Aaron James Price, Demetrius Antoine Hills, Kuipiio Tinishia Livingston(1976-2021), Adrienne LaToya Shields, Ja’Lisa Catrina Hill, Christine Michelle Mayfield, Stephanie Nicole Mayfield, Gerald DeAudre Smith, Juan Jamal Hill, Prince Alexander Hill. She was a devoted mother and her memory will always be cherished by her six children, Sharon Faye Jackson, Winda Drew Waters , Freddie Lee Hill Jr., Pamala Renea Price, Cynthia Denise Smith, and Juan Buschell Hill (Anna Hortencia). Sisters-n-law Alice Mae Rolling, Anne Mae Maxwell, Bertha Hill, Jacqueline Young, Brother-n-law John Hill, James Edward Hill, and a host of nieces, nephews church members and friends. The body will lie in repose Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 2 - 6 PM, at Cook Brothers Funeral Directors - 268 NW Broad Street, Fairburn, GA 30213. Family visitation will be from 6 - 8 PM. Homegoing celebratory services are Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12 PM, at Saint Smyrna Baptist Church - 68 Heery Road, Newnan, GA 30263. Family visitation will be from 11 AM - 12 PM. Repast will immediately follow the service in the SSBC Fellowship Hall. Interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery - 7780 Ono Road, Palmetto, GA 30268. All family members, friends, and well-wishers are required to wear face masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines to attend all services.
Born December 21 1936, in Lake Charles Louisiana, Selena was the second daughter added to the Union of Avner Young and Alicia (Alice) Daniel. The untimely death of her father Avner, in 1938 left her mother Alice alone to raise Selena the youngest... View Obituary & Service Information
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