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Timothy James Bell, Sr., age 59, of Morley, Michigan, passed away on Saturday. July 3, 2021 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The son of Doris Jane (Church) and Wendell Edward Bell, Sr., he was born on September 18, 1961 in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Timothy grew up in Berkley, Michigan, and throughout school he played the violin and played it well. He picked it back up later in life. He also played hockey as goalie, and his love for hockey and all sports stayed with him throughout his life.

He was a Michigan fan, who formed a lot of Wolverine fans, especially his three sons, who also carry a love for all sports.  HAIL TO THE VICTORS.  LETS GO BLUE!

Timothy found joy in playing his violin and piano. He had a unique passion for music. He also enjoyed tubing down the river on a hot summer day, he’d say,  “I’ve waited all year long for a day like today, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be”.

Timothy was a honest and kind man who loved people. His career as a car salesman really brought out his ability of communication. He left beams of light and happiness in the lives of loved ones, friends, and strangers everywhere he went. He truly was a gift from God.

Timothy was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He fought hard and kept a positive attitude until the very end. Before his passing, he made a recommitment to the Lord. He is at peace now and home with our Heavenly Father, our Creator, and our Savior. Timothy James Bell, Sr. you will be dearly missed. Farewell for now.

In God we Trust.

Surviving are his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 39 years, Christina Marie Bell;  six children, Timothy (Larena) Bell Jr., Daniel Bell, Elisabeth Bell, Erica Bell, Samuel (Amber) Bell, Jacqueline (Tyler Hinkle) Bell;  seventeen grandchildren;  a brother, Wendell Bell, Jr.;  a sister, Dorothy Bell;  and his father-in-law, Anthony Joseph Frontera.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Timothy’s life beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Morley American Legion Post No. 554,  2560 Northland Drive, Morley.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Timothy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Toni McTurnan Leiser on July 21, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    I have many great memories of Tim from Anderson Jr High. He has always had a special place in my heart. My prayers go out to the family. See you at the Wedding feast of our Lord my friend 💞

  2. Doreen 0’Connor Sanchez on July 21, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Tom was a very dear neighbor, growing up! I will always remember hearing him and Paula as they practiced on the violin. I will never forget how Tim took the arms off an old couch and practiced as a goalie against their garage door as Paula ( who also played hockey) shot pucks towards Tim. Tim I will never forget your always smiling face! May you join the rest of your family, up in heaven! You will be missed

  3. Doreen O’Connor Sanchez on July 21, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    # Tim

  4. Cheri (Kirby) Hoffmann on July 21, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I grew up with Tim and Tina in Berkley. Loved our Ice Rink eats time. Tim was an awesome hockey goalie, as Tina & I watched many games. Tim was also my classmate and his smile and humor will always be remembered. My heart goes out to Tina and their families.
    Tina I will remember our time growing up fondly. May you R.I.P. Tim and enjoy your family reunion with the Lord, John, Paula and your parents. One day we will all be together again with the Lord!
    My deepest condolences to the family.

  5. Leslie Anne Wood on July 22, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I bought a truck from Tom when he worked in Greenville in the early 90s. Even though another dealer offered me a bit of a better deal, I came back to Tim because he listened to me and treated me well. You know he was good at what he did when someone remembers him for such a long time and cares enough to share a memory. I’m sorry for your loss.

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