The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 29, 2013

Bobby Sells


Sunday, July 28, 2013 — CORNELIUS – Bobby L. Sells, 72, of Cornelius, entered eternal rest Thursday, July 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family which included the amazing Levine & Dickson Hospice House “family.”

He was born Oct. 4, 1940, in Greenville, S.C. to Charles Mason Sells and Evelyn Still Sells and lived his early years in Jacksonville, N.C.  Bob was very proud of his American heritage dating back to the Revolutionary War and supported all veterans’ rights. He proudly served his country in the US Army, stationed in the US and Germany. Upon discharge, he and wife Sharon made their home in Charlotte where upon began a 36+ year service with the U.S. Postal Service. The last 25 years he was Postmaster of Stanfield, N.C.

Following retirement in 1999 he enjoyed another 9 years of part-time postal contract work out of Huntersville, N.C. During his early working years he earned two Associate Degrees from CPCC and attended UNCC.

Always civic minded, Bob was actively involved in Stanfield Lions Club, PTA President, other educational youth supporting projects and medical/dental service activities. Masonic, 32° Scottish Rite, Shrine and American Legion memberships were very important to him.

His strong Christian faith, moral compass and work ethic were reflected in all he did. An eternal optimist, man of his word, loyal friend, consummate encourager and lover of a good laugh were hallmarks. He loved his Lord and was totally devoted to the family entrusted to him.

Survivors are his beloved wife of 48 years and soul mate, Sharon; three daughters he adored, Terri (Clay) Smith, Concord, N.C., Robin (Brent) Wilhoit, Knoxville, Tenn., and Lesley (Jordan) Lasure, Cornelius, N.C.; six grandchildren, who brought him great joy, Katherine and Brandon Wilhoit, Julia and Cameron Lasure, Grace and Cooper Smith. Also is surviving sister, Shirley Coulter and brother-in-law Bob, Lafayette, Ga.; brother-in-law, Terry Thompson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and special nieces and nephews; brothers, Billy Ray and Charles Mason preceded him in death.

Family received friends at the James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive, Huntersville, N.C., Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 3-5 p.m.

Interment was at 10 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Mt. Zion Community Cemetery, Cornelius, N.C.

A celebration of Bob’s life was at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Monday, July 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. A reception followed in the DCPC Congregation House.

Family would like to extend profound appreciation to the awesome hospice family; the Lake Norman team and Levine & Dickson Hospice House staff, as well as other medical personnel, including the VA medical system that cared for Bob these many years.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Barium Springs Home for Children, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, N.C.  28010; Oxford Children’s Home, 600 College Street, Oxford, N.C. 27565; Lake Norman Hospice, 705 Griffith Street, Ste 203, Davidson, N.C. 28036; Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, N.C. 28078.

James Funeral Home is serving the family. www.jamesfuneralhome