For Gary Bell, closing the doors of his home church for the final time was a lot like losing a member of his family.
Bethel Baptist Church, in many ways, was a second family to him. The Bell family had attended that church in the Levelwoods section of LaRue County for generations. He joined the church at the age of 9, and attended faithfully.
“I can remember our averaging about 50 people at Sunday morning service,” the 57-year-old said. “We had Sunday School and preaching, Sunday night and Wednesday night services.”