James Requa Sells

August 6, 1932August 3, 2018

James Requa Sells of Lockwood Folly, NC died peacefully at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Home on August 3, 2018 at the age of 85. He was born August 6, 1932 in Pleasantville, NY to Charles and Helen Sells. After graduating from Katonah High School Jim attended the University of Vermont until he joined the US Army where he learned land surveying in the jungles of Thailand. After completing his service he became a surveyor at Chas H. Sells Inc., his father’s civil engineering and surveying firm, in Pleasantville, NY. Jim worked there his entire life and was serving as president upon his retirement in 1992. The firm is now a significant division of WSP Sells. Jim loved the town of Lewisboro in Westchester County, NY, and was as an active volunteer in the community. He served as a town councilman and was proud to be a lifelong member of both the Lewisboro Lions Club and the South Salem Fire Department. Jim enjoyed spending time on the water with his pontoon boat on Lake Waccabuc, then with Eleanor on their Grand Banks trawler, the Pond Lily, on Long Island Sound. In addition to boating, he loved to ride his bike, and spend time in his workshop. Many friends and family are lucky to have pieces of furniture that he has crafted over the years. His clean and organized workshop was a source of pride and pleasure for him. He is survived by Eleanor, his wife of forty-two years; and his children: Betsy and her husband Marc Knox and grandsons Douglas and Carter; Carolyn and her husband Gary Stevens; Julia and her husband James Batchelder III and grandsons James and Scott; Susan and her husband Mark Gregoritsch and granddaughter Elizabeth; Philip Adrian and his partner Richard Dercole, extended family, and many dear friends. A ceremony of remembrance of his life will take place in the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422. Jim will be remembered for his gentle, good hearted manner. Such a sweet soul will never be forgotten. Online condolences may be offered to the family at White Funeral & Cremation Service, Bolivia/Supply Chapel


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Richard Iuele

August 13, 2018

It’s been many years since I was in touch with Jim. But Jim was a major influence in my life. I met Jim in 1972, when I was 20 years old. He hired me to work for his company Chas. H. Sells Inc.
He taught me many things. He taught me to me kind and generous. He taught not to sweat the little things and that a cigarette burn on the newly finished windowsill is not damage to the windowsill but a memory.
He taught me how to use and sharpen a chainsaw and to drink dry vodka martinis, but not at the same time. He taught me how to camp. It went down something like this. “The weather is supposed to be good the next few days. Call in sick we are going camping to Burling Game Rode Island. “
And he did love his pontoon boat on Lake Waccabuc. He taught me how to clean the pontoons while standing in the shallow water as he sat on the deck sipping a cocktail.
Jim was a friend and a mentor. I am blessed to have known him. He will always be with me. I am sorry for your loss.

Drew Stevens

August 9, 2018

One of my fondest memories of visiting the east coast was when I was 5 or 6 in the mid 80s. We were at a family party and Uncle Jim broke away from the grown-ups to teach me how to play badminton; he was patient and kind and we had tons of fun. I didn't get to see Jim often but I always looked forward to the times I did; my time with him was always fun, informative, and comfortable. He will be missed.

-Drew Stevens

Bruce Smith

August 5, 2018

Jim and I worked together for almost 40 years. He was always an upbeat, full of life kind of guy. He was devoted to his family and proud of the heritage of the Sells name.

Unfortunately, we lost contact in retirement, but I have many good memories of our working years together.

Lois and I send our condolences to Jim's family.

Willa Marlowe

August 5, 2018

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I gonna miss my buddy James, playing solatire every morning, sometimes cheating at the game, but yet he never complain , always had a smile on his face..James you will live in my memories forever.❤️❤️

Amanda Harrell

August 5, 2018

I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to care for Mr Sells. His smile was infectious and he was such a sweet man! I loved walking to the dining room every morning to see him playing Solitare. He will be missed greatly by myself and my coworkers.
Rest easy, my buddy. Prayers going out to his wife and family❤