David Parker Selby
Bath - David Parker Selby went to be with Allah on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. David was born on Mothers day, May 13, 1956 in Harlem Hospital to Virginia Mae Selby (deceased) and Marvin Edwards (deceased). David lived in Harlem, NY with his mother, brother James Samuel Selby (deceased) and his sister Beverly Rose Sella, David loved to play cards. He was an avid player of spades and Bid wisp. He was also a regular player on the local Harlem basketball courts. On his 18th birthday he joined the United States Coast Guard where he served from 1973 until his honorable discharge in 1983. During his service with the Coast Guard he completed hours of duty in Japan, Haiti, and many other territories around the world. He was stationed in New London, CT in 1977 and eventually moved to Governors Island, NY, where he lived and taught welding.
Once discharged from the military, David worked various jobs in welding, and was also employed at Tyson foods. During this time he suffered personal struggles and spent many years in prison. His tenure in prison was a time of reflection and proved beneficial for David. In 1993 he went on a personal journey of discovery, by reading both the Quran and the Bible. He prayed with both Christians and Muslims. He learned to speak Arabic. He converted to Islam and dedicated his life to Allah. He made many friends who lovingly call him Sheik. A Sheik is known for his knowledge and ELM (his love of God) He participated in various programs mentoring fellow inmates. One of the programs he worked with as a mentor was Alternatives to violence. As a mentor he worked to solicit guest speakers to provide the inmates with guidance and perspective on the importance of changing their lives to become productive members of society. This was an addition to an already established program which was a major impact. The program, once voluntary, became a mandatory requirement for inmates. His input and actions resulted in David as being recognized as being a proponent of change, providing encouragement and support for the men he helped. He is known for providing guidance and building confidence.
After his release from prison, he continued to volunteer at his local VA facility and he co-facilitated workshops with his associates. He was known for being "that guy" to drive his local vets to the store to buy groceries or run errands; always willing to help his brother.
Left to cherish is memory: his beloved big sister Beverly Rose, who lovingly admits David was mommy's favorite. She also gave him his life long name of Boobie. He also leaves to mourn, his ex-wife and mother of his five children Juanita Rochelle, his children Derric Glasford, Nichole (Shelby) Snyder, Felicia Selby, Frances Selby, David V. Selby and Nikkeya Hamilton. He has 23 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren as well as a host of family and friends. At 6ft 4 inches 300 lbs, David will be best known for his copper penny eyes and long curly eye lashes, his sense of humor, and kind heart. He was a son, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and loyal friend to many.
Message from the children
The Selby children graciously acknowledge the many acts of kindness that have bestowed upon us during our time of bereavement. Your concern has eased our burden and you love for our father has brightened our hearts. Thank you Derric, Nichole, Felica, Frances, David & Nikkeya.
Abdullah Wahid McNeil and Essence McNeil- Our father treasured your friendship and we are now family. Scott Ames - thank you for taking care of his baby "his volvo". Thank you for being such a good friend to our dad. Thank you for being his guardian angel and getting in touch with his children
Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.
Posted online on December 27, 2020