Bethel C. Tunnell

April 9, 1914 - August 20, 2015
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Bethel C. Tunnell, 101 of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully, early Thursday morning, August 20, 2015 in Swedish American Hospital after a sudden illness.  Bethel was born April 9, 1914 in Persia, TN the son of Orville “Orv” and Nancy Isophene “Vena” (Presley) Tunnell.  He married Opal Brown on December 28, 1946 in Gate City, VA; following her death her married Leola Carter in 1981. Bethel was a sign builder working for Pierce Sign Company in Rockford and for Tickle Brothers Sign Company in Bristol, TN.  Some of the local signs still in use today are all the signs for the House of Bottles as well as the “Heart” for the city of Loves Park, IL.  Bethel served our country in World War II in the European-African Middle Eastern Theater serving in Libya, Egypt, Naples and Rome.  Bethel enjoyed vegetable gardening and could fix or build anything.

Bethel is loved and will be missed by his son, Stanley (Joan) Tunnell of Rockford; daughter in-law, Sharon Tunnell; grandchildren, Tina Tunnell, Brad (Carla) Tunnell, Carrie (Wesley) Rabon, Melissa (Fil) DeLeon; great grandchildren, Damon, Hillary, Hallie, Gatlin, Wyatt, Michaela, Malachi, Tashiana, Kaiden.  Bethel is predeceased by his parents, wife, Opal, second wife, Leola and son, Dale Tunnell.

Bethel’s family acknowledges the love and care provided by Comfort Keepers, especially Debbie, to Bethel.

Private graveside services with military rites will be held  on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Shattuck Grove Cemetery,  9600 Reeds Crossing Road, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Calvin Culpepper, pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church officiating.  Memorials can be given in care of Court Street United Methodist church, 215 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103 in Bethel’s name.  To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

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Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time: 10:00 am -

Shattuck's Grove Cemetery

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9600 Reeds Crossing , Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Private graveside services with military rites will be held  on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Shattuck Grove Cemetery,  9600 Reeds Crossing Road, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Calvin Culpepper, pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church officiating


 

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Born: April 9, 1914
Died: August 20, 2015

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Mandi Johnson Martin posted on 8/21/15

I am so sorry to hear about Bethel. I have such good memories of Bethel and my papaw telling stories when I was a little girl. I know he will be missed.

 

Glenn posted on 8/21/15

Stan, So sorry for the loss of your father. While I never met Bethel, I always enjoyed the stories you shared with me about his toughness and grittiness. He was an amazing man. God Bless. Glenn

 

Kenneth "Billy" Presley posted on 8/22/15

Stan&Joan, I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family on Bethel passing. I will miss my cousin Bethel and we had some great conversations on his life journey. I especially enjoyed the stories about his service in World War 11. I admired his hard work and determination for living a long life. When he was in his mid 80ies he told me he would be drawing Social Security when he was a hundred. I think he got his moneys worth from Uncle Sams.Lol, It was an honor for me to know this fellow Veteran.

 

Wanda Presley Greer posted on 8/22/15

An earthly farewell to Bethel as he continues on his journey. He was a very special first cousin. I have many special memories of him, especially at our family reunions. Sympathy to Stan's family and other family members.

 

Kim D Snodderly posted on 8/28/15

Uncle Bethel was my grandmother's big brother. She was Roxie Marie Tunnell Snodderly. I was able to meet him at least once. I also had the pleasure of meeting his wife Leola. May he rest in peace.

 

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