Doley Scott Bell, Jr., age 74, departed this life for his eternal home on December 24.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Ward Bell, who died in 1992, his father, Doley Scott Bell, Sr., who died in 2005, and his mother, Louise Morgan Bell, who died last month.
He is survived by his wife, Melody Howell Bell of Hendersonville; two daughters, Heather Bell Adams and husband Geoff of Raleigh and Melissa Bell Hill and husband Josh of Fletcher; three brothers, David Bell and wife Zetty of Tennessee, Fred Bell and wife Nancy of Charlotte, and Richard Bell and wife Vickie of Hendersonville; three grandsons, Davis Adams of Raleigh and Micah and Jase Hill of Fletcher; a niece, Michelle Bell of Connecticut; and a nephew, Brooks Bell of Pennsylvania.
Born in East Flat Rock, Doley attended East Henderson High School, North Carolina State University, and Western Carolina University. For decades he volunteered for the Henderson County Special Olympics. At the time of his death, he was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Asheville. He had previously been an active member of East Flat Rock First Baptist Church. Over the years, he served as Sunday School teacher, deacon, moderator, leadership team member, and in numerous other roles.
Until his retirement in 2009, he was employed as the executive director of Carolina Village, a position he held for thirty-three years. In a 2001Times-News interview, Doley is quoted as saying, “I do enjoy people. I never met a stranger.”
In his retirement, Doley, who liked fishing and gardening, was proud of his azalea and rhododendron awards—and even prouder of his family. Most memorably, he contributed countless hours to the betterment of others. Whenever a friend, family member, neighbor—or even a stranger at the grocery store—was in need, Doley offered a helping hand. Those wishing to honor his memory might consider an act of generosity of their choosing.
A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.