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Funeral services for Lee Roy Selmon to be held Friday

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 09:11 PM
TAMPA -

Friday morning, the Tampa Bay area will say its formal farewell to Lee Roy Selmon.

Funeral services for Selmon, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive end who died Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18371 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., in Lutz. The Rev. Jeffery Singletary will officiate.

A visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church, 2923 N. Tampa St., with the Selmon family present from 5-7 p.m.

Final services and interment will be held in Oklahoma City.

Selmon suffered a stroke at his Tampa home on Friday, then died two days later in St. Joseph's intensive-care unit. He was 56.

Beyond his distinguished University of Oklahoma and NFL career, Selmon was an integral part of the University of South Florida's athletic department. He was a catalyst behind the formation of USF's football program, served as the school's athletic director from 2001-04 and was president of the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics.

The Bucs, USF and Tampa Sports Authority have designated a space at Raymond James Stadium for people wishing to leave tributes to Selmon. Remembrances can be placed on the tree-shaded mound in the middle of the mass transit drop-off turnaround on Dale Mabry Highway starting Tuesday at 5 p.m.

USF and the Bucs will honor Selmon at home games this weekend at Raymond James Stadium, though details were not finalized on Monday. USF plays Ball State on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Bucs open their season against Detroit on Sunday at 1 p.m.

USF players wore decals of No. 63 – Selmon's number with the Bucs – on the back of their helmets during the Bulls' 23-20 victory at Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Selmon family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to further honor Selmon's memory consider making donations to Abe Brown Ministries by calling (813) 248-3224 or the University of South Florida Foundation Partnership for Athletics by calling (813) 974-2125.

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