Tilman Bell, 76, of Dunn, N.C., and formerly of Mottville, died unexpectedly Friday, March 30, 2012, at his home.
He was born Sept. 6, 1935, to Malcolm and Libby Mae (Locklear) Bell. He had been a resident of Dunn for the past 12 years, coming from Mottville.
On Sept. 12, 1953, he married Myrtle Odell Groves. She preceded him in death Nov. 27, 1998.
He had been employed at a papermill and at Hagen Cement Products.
He was a member of the Church of God, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia R. Dimos of LaGrange, Ind.; three sons, Glenn M. Bell of Elkhart, Ind., David Bell of White Pigeon and Daniel N. Bell of Sturgis; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearline Bell of Sturgis and Jenave Rust of Constantine; a brother, Delton (Phyllis) Bell of Mottville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; sisters Bernice and Betty Bell, Mary Groves and Elizabeth Mullins; and brothers Earl and Ferman Bell.
Visitation will be at noon-2 p.m. Thursday at Mottville Community Church, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Pastor David Bell will officiate. Interment will follow in Mottville Township Cemetery.
Donations may be directed to funeral expenses. Envelopes are available at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, which is handling arrangements.