BROCTON – Edgar Asa Bell, 96, of Brocton went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Paris Community Hospital.
Eddie was born in Ridgeway, Ill., on March 6, 1919, to Asa and Auda (Cox) Bell. He married Ethel Belle Morris on Jan. 19, 1943, in Denver. He was a resident of Brocton since he and his wife opened the Bell Hardware store in 1952. Later, he was a union tradesman, worked in the Pittsburgh steel mills and supervised 35 newspaper carriers. People have been known to say of him that, "He could sell anything and fix the rest."
Eddie enjoyed extensive traveling with his family, reading, walking and could identify the make and model of most cars by the trim and detail. He was a Mason for 71 years and reached the level of Master Mason. He was the eternal optimist, was always positive and upbeat, and refused to participate in any gossip. He was a magnificent Christian role model for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Eddie is survived by his three children, Chuck (Gloria McDaniel) Bell of Scottsdale, Ariz., Pat (Terry) Weber of Tallahassee, Fla., and Pastor Larry (Pam Kruszuski) Bell of Mahomet; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ethel Morris Bell; and a grandson, Travis Bell.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at the Brocton Christian Church. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be made to EPIC Ministries, P.O. Box 6622, Champaign, IL 61826.