OBITUARY: Roger Dean Sidwell


Our community sadly lost an important member, Roger Dean Sidwell, on the evening of March 12, 2023. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.

Roger was born on June 28, 1941 in Deavertown, Ohio. Roger was a devout Christian and devoted his life to serving the Lord and doing mission work locally and abroad.

He and his wife Bettie Sidwell founded Church at the Bus Stop in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where they fed the homeless and provided fellowship for over 30 years. They passed the torch of their organization to the local ministry, who keeps the program alive today. He will leave a big gap in the local and overseas community and will be sorely missed.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Homer and Irene Sidwell; sister, Priscilla (Michael) Brown.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years, Bettie Sidwell; daughter, Terri (Gene) Hall; son, Jason (Kellianne) Sidwell; brother, Ronald (Dorothy) Sidwell; sisters, Christine (Fred) Hunt and Kathie (Kim) Cannon; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 17th at 12:00 PM at Community Church of Hendersonville, 381 W. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN. Interment will follow the service at Beech Cemetery in Hendersonville, TN. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, March 16th from 4:00-8:00 PM at Sellars Funeral Home at Hendersonville and Friday, March 17th from 11:00 AM until time of service at 12:00 PM at Community Church of Hendersonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Church of Hendersonville on Roger Sidwell’s behalf by check or online at Please add in the reference line: Jamaican Missions.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Hendersonville, 108 Monthaven Blvd., Hendersonville, TN 37075. (615)265-8535, obituary line (615)758-8818.


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