Thomas A. Bethel Jr.


Thomas A. “Dooley” Bethel Jr, 60, of Bellefontaine, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at his home. He was born in Bellefontaine on March 7, 1958, to the late Thomas Andrew and Phyllis Ann Wingo McDaniel.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Belton McDaniel, who was a very special man who made Tom the man he was; a stepson, Gary Holland; and a sister, Roberta “Bobbie” Jean Moore.

Tom married his first wife, Mary Christine Cane, on June 12, 1982, and she and her husband, Larry Applin, survive in Bellefontaine. On May 16, 2018, Tom married Teresa Ann Leonard Holland in Bellefontaine and she survives, along with two daughters, Kerri Kristine (Todd Runion) Rogan and Brandy Rochelle (John) Spratt; a son, Thomas Richard (Jessica) Bethel; a special son, Charles Taylor; a stepdaughter, Annie (Don) Kauffman; a step-son, Bill Leonard; 16 grandchildren; a great granddaughter and 2 more great grandchildren on the way; two sisters, Peggy Ann Roberts and Alice McDaniel; a brother, Richard McDaniel; a brother-in-law, Chuck Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

Tom retired from United Telephone following 37 years of service. He was a member and trustee at Grace AME Church, where he participated in preparing and serving rib and chicken dinners to the community. Tom was an avid bowler, golfer and hunter who enjoyed taking annual fishing trips to Canada. He especially enjoyed “bullying” his friends and family.

Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine. The Rev. J.D. Grigsby officiates a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Christ Our King Church, 1325 County Road 9, Bellefontaine. Burial follows in Bellefontaine Cemetery in Bellefontaine. 

Memorial contributions may be made, in Tom’s memory, to Grace AME Church, 233 S. Main Street, Bellefontaine, OH or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

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