|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1943|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 2013|
Bill Shell age 69, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, KY, following a year-long battle with AML (leukemia). Born April 15, 1943 at Stanford, KY, he was the only child of the late Henry and Laverne Estes Shell.
Bill married his teenage sweetheart, Darla Singleton, on June 13, 1964 at Eubank, KY. Two sons, Charles Alan and Joseph Michael, added abundant joy to their marriage.
A member of Eubank Baptist Church since 1955, he joined the Army National Guard before graduating from Eubank High School in 1961. He was the retired owner of Bill Shell Plumbing Company in Lexington.
Bill's activities included earning his private pilot license in 1970 and flying for a few years. He also enjoyed riding his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle with friends and taking week long trips throughout the United States and Canada. Good food and companionship were enjoyed when the Gold Wing Thursday Night Riders went to Hall's on the River. When his beloved granddaughters arrived "Poppaw" began woodworking. His favorite project was making large rocking horses with walnut his dad had saved from his timber business years before.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 48 years; Chuck, wife Jamie and daughter Briana; Joey and daughters Amanda and Allison; loving cousins who will miss him dearly and many others who enjoyed his friendship.
Funeral service was held at 11:00 on Friday the 15th at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home, Science Hill, KY with Brother Shelby Reynolds officiating. Eulogy given by B.W. Blanton. Burial was at Eubank Cemetery.
Bill was given extra months with many wonderful days because of the generosity of blood and platelet donors. Platelets stop bleeding. I ask you to please consider giving the Gift of Life to blood cancer patients by donating at your local blood center. We are so thankful for those who gave.
A heartwarming message from a new Find A Grave friend, D. Thompson:
P.S. Up until my health went bad, I was a regular blood donor at my office and gave over five gallons. It was a great feeling.
New friend Jason of England wrote about his beloved dad:
Dad was also a life long blood donor for over 37 years and despite his busy lifestyle he would regularly donate many pints of blood each year, and in all those years he never missed a session until he was later diagnosed with a heart condition in 1994.
I thank everyone who visits Bill's memorial and leaves flowers or tokens.
Beedee "Bad Dog" Shell
Henry Monroe Shell (1917 - 1983)
Laverne Marie Estes Shell (1918 - 2012)
Eubank Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: D. Singleton Shell
Record added: Feb 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105033884