Bethel Watson Sells, 80, of Shirley, IN went home to be with the Lord while holding the hand of his granddaughter, Breanna, on the morning of Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

He was born on March 17, 1942 in New Castle, IN, a son of the late Elmer and Beatrice (Dowdy) Sells.

Bethel graduated from Walter P. Chrysler Memorial High School in 1961. In 1963 he married the love of his life, Tina Marie Riley. Together they enjoyed 59 years of marriage. He served in the National Guard from 1960 – 1964 and the Army Reserve from 1964 – 1968, obtaining the rank of Specialist 5. He retired from Delco Remy in Anderson in 1999 after 34 years.

He was very strong in his Christian faith and loved the Lord with all of his heart. Bethel enjoyed Jimmy Swaggart’s songs, bluegrass music and family trips to Gatlinburg, TN. His face would light up when he saw his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially as his passing grew near.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 59 years, Tina Sells; children, Sandra (Kenny) Bennett of New Castle and Keith Edward Sells of Shirley; granddaughters, Breanna (Derek) Bertrand of New Castle and Jennifer (Brandon) Jackson of Cambridge City; great-grandchildren, Braydon, Addyson, Evan, Mason, Nolan and Gatlin; siblings, Creola Carter and Eugene (Linda) Sells both of New Castle and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Earl Sells and an infant son, Jeffery Allen Sells.

His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:21.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, September 16, 2022 at Sproles Family Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Boling officiating.

Friends may call from 1 – 3 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

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The Sproles family and staff are honored to serve the family of Bethel Sells.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.