Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

John Dwain “Bill” Sells

John Dwain “Bill” Sells, 83, of Albemarle passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Atrium Health Cabarrus.  His funeral will be 1 PM Monday, August 26, 2019 at West Albemarle Baptist Church with Pastor Adam Hatley and Pastor Delane Burris officiating.  Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory.  The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM on Sunday evening at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle. 

Born August 30, 1935 in Stanly County, NC, he was the son of the late Edgar Lee Sells and Cordelia Hinson Sells.  He was a member of West Albemarle Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Navy.  He was the former owner of Stony Gap Fish House in Concord and Salisbury and of C & J Motors in Albemarle.  He also worked for Bypass Auto and many other car dealerships during his career.  He loved to watch football and Nascar racing and he was very active at West Albemarle Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Greeter. 

Mr. Sells was preceded in death by his wife Cecelia Sells.  Survivors include sons John Dwain Sells, Jr. and wife Geralyn of Lakeland, FL, Derek Sells and wife Angela of Matthews, and Daniel Sells and wife Sherri of Camerton, daughter Darlene Burris and husband Delane of Albemarle, seven grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by seven sisters Jeanette Poplin, Jewel Sells, Grace Efird, Etta Eudy, Eunice Burris, Evelyn Davis and Mary Ruth Cotter and one brother, Floyd Sells.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Albemarle Baptist Church.


  • Sandra Nance Posted August 22, 2019 4:30 pm

    Bill brought so much joy to the CARE Cafe. Is was instantly loved by the other participants. He always had a positive attitude and love for life. He is missed! May God bless the family with peace which passes our understanding.

  • Joyce Efird Westbrook Posted August 22, 2019 10:34 pm

    I just found out about Dwain’s passing. I am so sorry. May God wrap His loving arms around you all and give you peace and comfort at this sad time!

  • DIANE CAMPBELL Posted August 23, 2019 9:13 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of you father, Derek. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this time of loss and the upcoming days.

  • Joe Ann Huneycutt Posted August 23, 2019 9:27 am

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Always enjoyed seeing both of you.
    I know Mickey and Bill go way back . You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Taylor House Posted August 23, 2019 9:54 am

    Mr. Sells was such a wonderful man. We loved having him at Taylor House.
    Prayers for his family and friends.

  • Dwight & Norma Mabry Posted August 25, 2019 6:23 pm

    Darlene and family: Just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Heather LaPointe Posted August 27, 2019 6:18 pm


    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I can only imagine the man he was based upon the man I know you are, a true blessing to those around him. May God provide comfort and peace as you navigate the waters of mourning.

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