Bret M. Shell, 57, of Portland, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019, in North Little Rock. Mr. Shell was a native of La Junta, Colorado and a resident of Portland for most of his life. He graduated from Montrose Academy in 1980 and received his degree in Agriculture Business from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1984. Mr. Shell was a member of the Portland Baptist Church. He enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing, watching the Andy Griffith Show and old Westerns and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Mike Shell in 2001; his grandparents, Louie and Effie Mae Taylor Shell and Edwin and Elizabeth Penny Piper.
He is survived by his children, Claire Elizabeth Bussey and husband, Zach, of Conway and Kyle Shell of Fort Smith; his mother, Linda Piper Shell and his sister, Lezlie Shell, both of Portland; two grandchildren, Brooks Taylor Bussey, and Reese Noelle Bussey and a host of loving friends.
Memorial services are 10 a.m, Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Portland Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Harris officiating. The family will have a time of visitation after the service.