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Frank Shell: 1933-2012


Williams Baptist College lost a dear friend and a prominent figure in its history Monday with the passing of Rev. Frank Shell. Rev. Shell, who lived in Batesville, was a longtime supporter of the college and chair of WBC’s Board of Trustees, as well as being a former faculty member and baseball coach.

"I don’t have adequate words to express my appreciation for Frank Shell," said Williams President Dr. Jerol Swaim. "Frank and I came on the faculty together in the 1964-65 academic year, and he quickly became one of my dearest friends. He has been a steadfast and generous supporter of WBC for all these years, and his guidance as board chairman has been invaluable."

Two facilities at Williams are named in Shell’s honor. Shell Baseball Field is named for the former WBC coach, who was an accomplished baseball player himself. Shell Wing provides residence hall space for over 40 female students, and it was named after Shell for his work in coordinating volunteers from the North Central Arkansas and Independence Baptist Associations who built the facility.

Shell was 78 years of age. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at Roller Crouch Funeral Home, 510 College Ave. in Batesville. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, at West Baptist Church, 1100 N. Central in Batesville.

The WBC family extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to the Shell family in this time of loss.

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