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Terry Bell

August 8, 1942 ~ September 5, 2019 (age 77)


Terry “Tinkerbell” Bell, 77, of Henning, passed away, Thursday, September 5, 2019, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Terry was born on August 8, 1942, in Hoopeston, Illinois, the son of Archie and Clara (Hinton) Bell.  After completing school, Terry worked several different jobs before serving his country in the United States Army. He then worked at Cargail Inc. for 20 years after his honorable discharge from the service.

Terry is survived by his wife—Linda (Watson) Bell; three sons—Terry L. (Cindy) Bell of Danville, Kevin E. Bell and Keith E. Bell of Henning; two granddaughters—Brooklyn Bell and Destiny Bell of Henning and two great-grandchildren—Graysyn Finney and Braylee Greene; brothers—Marion (Mickey) Bell of Cheneyville and Gary (Terri) Bell of Hoopeston; as well as several other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers—Archie Jr., Robert, Eugene and Larry; sisters—Edith (Bell) Sprague, Sharon (Bell) Robinson, and Shirley (Bell) Mollet; his in-laws—Wilbur L. and Ardieth (Long) Watson.

Terry volunteered at Morningstar Food Bank, in Rossville, which he enjoyed very much and made several lifelong friends that he would meet for breakfast every Tuesday morning at the Rossville Family Restaurant.  Terry served as mayor and trustee of Henning and he enjoyed helping his community.  He loved visiting with friends and family, going for car rides and sitting on the front porch.  Terry was a comical man, always joking with everyone he was around, and he knew no stranger.  Terry especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and great grandkids.

There will be a celebratory dinner in Terry’s honor on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the community building, in Henning from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M.

Cremation rites will be accorded and there are not any services scheduled at this time.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, to assist them in honoring Terry’s life.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:


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